Lions International have been raising Diabetes awareness and preserving sight for many years.

There are 2 main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin Type 2 diabetes where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes. Source: www.nhs.uk/conditions

Foods to avoid for people with Type 2 Diabetes

Refined sugar in every form
All processed foods
Take away food
Sweets and chocolates
Microwave meals
Over ripened fruit, as they have increased sugar
Dried fruit
Wheat in all forms unless using organic spelt flour
Pasta if it is wheat based

How to improve life with Type 2 Diabetes


  • Fresh air every day and walk gently every day.

  • Yoga

  • Pilates


  • Consume Good saturated fats these are less damaged by heat

    • coconut oil

    • Palm oil

    • Palm kernel oil

    • Coco butter

    • Butter (unsalted)

    • Refined avocado oil

    • High oleic sunflower

    • Safflower oil

    • Sesame oil

    • Olive oil

All these can be heated and will not break down into harmful substances.

  • Veg oils such as sunflower oil may be used cold but do not heat.

  • We need essential fatty acids- these give us omega 3 oils

    • Oily fish

    • Seeds and nuts

    • Flaxseed oil

    • Cod liver oil

Do not heat these oils.

  • Carbohydrates from fresh fruit and veg, look for the following:

    • Sweet potato

    • Berries

    • Porridge and soak in water over night

    • Wholegrain breads and cereals

    • Quinoa

    • Cous cous

Below are some helpful links:

Diabetes NHS

Lions Diabetes Programs

How Lions Promote Diabetes Awareness

World Diabetes Day