Yalla, yalla, health for all!

Welcome to a family day with a focus on health. Type 2 diabetes is a very common disease. There is much you can do to improve your own health. Come and meet representatives of the municipality and healthcare centres, and we will tell you more!

  • Try tasty and healthy food from Yalla Trappan
  • Readings and football with FC Rosengård
  • Surprises for the children
  • Musical entertainment

23 September, 11-14
Rosengårdsskolan, von Rosens väg 43

Type 2 diabetes – what does it involve?

Diabetes nurse Tanja Markestål answers questions.

What is type 2 diabetes?

– Type 2 diabetes means that blood sugar levels become too high because the body becomes less sensitive to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the levels of sugar in the blood. It is a disease that develops gradually, which means that the symptoms are diffuse. Fatigue, increased thirst and frequent urination can be signs of type 2 diabetes. The high level of sugar in the blood can eventually lead to secondary diseases, such as eye and heart disease.

Is there anything I can do to prevent type 2 diabetes?

– There are strong links to both genetic and lifestyle factors. By making changes to your lifestyle habits, you can reduce the risk of disease. I usually recommend starting with small changes. If you are very inactive, begin by walking for 10 minutes every day. Being physically active in your daily life is the most important thing, and too much time sitting still is not good for anyone. When it comes to diet, you should focus on eating nutritious foods that you enjoy. Sugar-rich foods, such as cakes, sweets and ice cream, are not essential for your body. Look at the big picture, and find the right life balance to optimise your general health. Factors such as anxiety, stress and difficulty sleeping all increase the level of stress hormones, which increases the risk of illness. Many people forget about these factors, and think they only need to change their diet and exercise habits.

What should I think about if I have type 2 diabetes?

– Regular check-ups with your doctor and diabetes nurse are important. The treatment for type 2 diabetes is a combination of medication and good lifestyle habits. Both are equally important for your general health, as well as for avoiding secondary diseases. If you need to make changes, start with those that you find manageable. Begin with some form of physical activity, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Eat food that is healthy and tasty, and eat enough so that you are not tempted by unhealthy snacks. Take a look at your general well-being, and try to achieve a balanced lifestyle that both suits you and does you good.

Summary of Tanja’s advice

  • Contact your healthcare centre if you are worried about becoming ill or if you have symptoms that could indicate type 2 diabetes.
  • Your diet, physical activity, good sleeping habits and mental health are all important building blocks in preventing type 2 diabetes.
  • Start with small changes that you can handle.
  • Eat good and nutritious food. Reduce your sugar intake, and eat more whole grains, seafood, fruit and vegetables, lentils and beans, and choose low-fat dairy products. Use olive oil and rapeseed oil.
  • Increase your physical activity. It only takes a small change to make a difference. A 10-minute walk is better than nothing.
  • Find your life balance, where the whole you feels good. If you find this difficult, please contact your healthcare centre for support and assistance.

Malmö is joining forces to fight type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide, and the number of cases in Malmö has doubled in the past eight years. To find ways to tackle this challenge, the City of Malmö has joined forces with Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD – a knowledge alliance with other cities), Malmö University, Novo Nordisk and Region Skåne.