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Today is World Diabetes Day !

Today is World Diabetes Day, a day dedicated towards raising greater awareness of diabetes around the world.

The global awareness day is run by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and this year the theme of the day is healthy living with a focus on starting your day right with breakfast.

Important to get right

Breakfast is one of three main meals and so it is important to get this meal right in terms of nutrition. If your breakfast is based on bread and cereal, look to broaden your options to encompass a greater range of vitamins and minerals.

If you tend to get sharp spikes in blood sugar following breakfast, consider decreasing the carbohydrate content of your breakfast and replacing with natural sources of protein and fat from eggs or yoghurt. An egg based breakfast goes well with tomatoes and mushrooms whereas yoghurt can be accompanied by nuts, seeds and berries.

Invest in your health

One of the challenges recognised by the IDF is the need to have a healthy breakfast at affordable cost. Whilst short term costs need to be considered so do the long term cost implications. So, whilst bread makes for a very cheap breakfast in the short term, repeatedly having a nutrient poor breakfast can increase the risk of health problems later in life. A bit of investment in breakfast, such as including whole fruit and vegetables into your first meal of the day, is strongly recommended.

If you plan on making any big changes to your breakfast, consult the change with your doctor first to check it is appropriate for your medication and any other health conditions you have.