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Last call for families in RCT to enter healthy recipe competition

Do you and your kids like to get creative in the kitchen? What’s the recipe you love to cook with your children? Diabetes UK wants to hear from you as part of the health charity’s new recipe competition that promotes getting families to cook together.

Diabetes UK Cymru’s Director Dai Williams said: “We’re looking for quick, simple and healthy recipes from families in Rhondda Cynon Taf and the whole of Wales. The four best entries from across the UK will be shortlisted and the public can vote online for the winner, who will receive a fantastic Red Letter Days experience for all the family to enjoy.

“Cooking with children is great fun and helps kids learn a whole new set of skills like teamwork, science, maths, and the basics of nutrition, helping to form healthier eating habits for life.

“We hope that our competition will inspire families to get creative in the kitchen and cook up some great healthy family suppers to inspire others around the country.”

For those who need some help in the kitchen, Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food recipe finder provides delicious and healthy recipes. People can choose from really easy-to-follow recipes or attempt others which are a bit more complex.

Each recipe lists the all-important carbohydrate content to make ‘carb counting’ easy for people with diabetes who need to match their insulin dose to the amount of carbohydrate they are eating. Each recipe also includes protein, fat, saturates, sugars and salt content per portion, as well as calorie information.

This resource aims to be helpful to the 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, for whom physical activity and a healthy balanced diet is key to helping them manage their condition.

The recipes can be used by anyone keen to keep up a healthy diet regardless of whether they have been diagnosed with diabetes.

The competition is open now and closes on 22 July. Find out more at www.diabetes.org.uk/recipe-competition/

1 Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes. For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit www.diabetes.org.uk

2 In the UK, there are 3.9 million people who have diabetes of which 590,000 people who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. 11.5 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and if current trends continue, an estimated 5 million people will have diabetes by 2025.

3 Diabetes is a condition where there is too much glucose in the blood because the body cannot use it properly. If not managed well, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age in the UK and is a major cause of lower limb amputation, kidney failure and stroke.

4 People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1. No one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It usually affects children or young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses - taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity

5 People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly (known as insulin resistance). 85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2. They might get Type 2 diabetes because of their family history, age and ethnic background puts them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It starts gradually, usually later in life, and it can be years before they realise they have it. Type 2 diabetes is treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required.