International Cricketers Raise Type 2 Diabetes Awareness

England and Pakistan cricketers participating in the current international test match series between the two nations have collaborated in order to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes.

Over 4 million people in the UK currently suffering from diabetes, with a further 12 million at increased risk of developing the Type 2 condition.

The seriousness of diabetes is often underestimated, with around 24,000 people dying prematurely due to the condition on an annual basis.

Thus, some of the most skilled and famous cricketers on the planets are collaborating with Diabetes UK in order to outline the problems that Type 2 diabetes can cause for people.

Pakistan’s left-handed batsman Shan Masood has a family history of diabetes, and reflected on the problems that those with Asian heritage face in warding off diabetes.

“When my father received his diagnosis for Type 2 diabetes it was the first step for him to take control of the condition, eat better and move more to help manage it well. Since then, I have also made changes to reduce my risk. If you are from a South Asian background then you are at greater risk of Type 2 diabetes, and it can develop from a younger age, so do check out your risk today. Taking care of your health is important for everyone, not just cricketers!”

The England all-rounder Chris Woakes believes that awareness is central to the campaign.

“It only takes a few minutes to check out your risk of Type 2 diabetes with Diabetes UK’s online test. If you haven’t already, get online and find out yours today – if you are at increased risk, then you can start to take the crucial steps needed to give yourself the best chance of a healthy life.”

While Peter Shorrick, Midlands Regional Head at Diabetes, spoke on the seriousness of diabetes for the UK population.

“Diabetes is one the biggest and fastest growing health issues of our lifetime. More than four million people currently live with the condition and a further 11.9 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. However, the good news is that when an individual knows they are at increased risk they hold the power to turn this around by making relatively simple lifestyle changes. This is why it is so important to get online now to find out your risk of Type 2 diabetes and then take any necessary steps to reduce this risk, as not doing so can lead to devastating consequences.”

Shorrick also outlined some of the ways that sport can assist with the fight against diabetes.

“Diabetes UK is thrilled to partner with Warwickshire County Cricket Club to raise awareness of the condition. Cricket is a great form of exercise which, along with eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, can help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or manage your condition if you already have it. While Type 1 diabetes can’t be prevented, there are several risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes and some can be acted on, such as being overweight or having a large waist size. People from certain ethnic backgrounds are also at higher risk, with South Asian people two to four times more likely to develop the condition.”

Recent figures have indicated that there has been a diabetes epidemic across the planet, due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles and rising consumption of sugar.

The number of people suffering with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.

 

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