Diabetes UK gives Admiral staff vital information on UK's number one health threat
Admiral has teamed up with Diabetes UK to offer our staff vital information on Diabetes, the number one health threat in the UK.
More than 3 million people currently live with Diabetes in Britain and it is estimated 630,000 people in the UK are unaware they have the condition.
Diabetes UK is offering Admiral staff ‘Know Your Risk’ checks, where trained staff will take height and weight measurements and ask questions as well as provide information and advice on healthy eating and physical activity.
Watch the video below to learn how Diabetes impacts people across the UK:
Ebony (pictured below) has worked in our IT department for the last year and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of three.
She said: "I need to always be organised in preparing my food and insulin doses, but more importantly I need to carry my medication and sugar with me at all times."
"I also need to make my friends/ work colleagues aware that I am diabetic and the of signs and symptoms just in case I become unwell."
"Over the years due to the support of the charity, Diabetes UK the care/ treatment of Diabetes has vastly improved. When I was growing up I had to take two injections a day with set amounts of insulin at set times. My parents could only give me set amounts of food in accordance to my dosage."
Marcus works has worked for Admiral for the last 18 years and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes 10 years ago:
He said: "Diabetes cannot be cured, you have it for life – but it can be managed. I decided that it had to be part of general changes in my lifestyle. I cut out sweet foods, snacks, and greatly reduced the amount of alcohol I drink. When I do go out, I try to drink lower calorie lighter beers, those that are less sugary."
He added: "I can have the odd treat but I have to try to be sensible about it. In general I eat smaller portions, more salads and white meat rather than red. I drink diet drinks and low-fat milk, cut out all sugar in tea and coffee (even sweeteners) to the point where I can’t stand the taste of full-fat things anymore! Fish and seafood is excellent for diabetics too, though I’ve never enjoyed the taste unfortunately!"
Diabetes UK offers an online tool to find your risk of Type 2 Diabetes which is available by clicking here.