World Diabetes Day 2021

Inverclyde Leisure we are showing support for World Diabetes Day 2021, and highlighting how important exercise is in managing the condition.

World Diabetes Day 2021

Today at Inverclyde Leisure we are showing support for World Diabetes Day, and highlighting how important exercise is in managing the condition.


World Diabetes Day 2021

This year marks 100 years since the discovery of a treatment that has saved millions of lives around the world – insulin. One of the 20th Century’s greatest medical breakthroughs, it’s still the only effective treatment for type 1.

The date of November 14th was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting who in 1921 along with Charles Best, discovered insulin.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimate that more than 300 million people worldwide are at risk of type 2 diabetes. If this figure wasn’t shocking enough, 250 million people are already affected by the ongoing lifelong demands that the condition imposes, not to mention the emotional effect it has on their close friends and families.


How Exercise Can Help

Now we all know that exercising regularly can be extremely beneficial to your physical and mental health, but did you know that it can also help you manage diabetes or help you reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The UK Chief Medical Officer’s Guidelines state that physical activity can reduce your chance of Type 2 diabetes by up to 40%, as well as reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, joint and back pain, depression and dementia.

At Inverclyde Leisure we are strong believers that everyone should move more, and our aim is to help you do just that.

Did you know that developing an active lifestyle will help you:

  • Lose weight or help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Increase the amount of glucose used by the muscles for energy, so in some cases it may lower blood sugar levels.
  • Help the body to use insulin more efficiently.
  • Reduce levels of stress and symptoms of depression and anxiety.


How Much Activity Do We Need To Do?

The good news is, all forms of physical activity helps – whether your are a busy parent, sat at a desk all day or in retirement, doing any amount of activity can benefit you in some way. That being said, in addition to your everyday activity, we strongly recommend trying to fit 30minutes of exercise into your day. You can start with something gentle, like walking, and gradually work your way up to 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity exercise, five times a week.


How Inverclyde Leisure Can Help

Are you looking to become more active to improve your help?

If you suffer from a health condition like diabetes, the Live Active referral scheme could help you.

Inverclyde Leisure’s partnership with Live Active offers one to one support, helping you become more active and changing lifestyle habits no matter what your fitness level may be.

If you feel you would benefit from becoming more active or changing your lifestyle, contact your GP or practice nurse who can make a referral to the Live Active team, or if you would like more information call the Live Active team on 01475 213136.