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Healthy habits fit for a Queen

The nation may be ready to wave their Union Jacks, quaff pints and devour cake to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but with Diabetes Prevention Week just before (23-29 May 2022), it’s time to consider reigning in the unhealthy party foods.

So, buck (ingham!) the trend and nobly opt for healthier ways to mark the occasion, to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Cut the sugar

Every celebration deserves a cake to mark it, and the Queen’s Jubilee is no exception. Just remember to watch portion sizes – the more you eat, the more sugar and fat your body is absorbing, with the average sugar content in cakes 36.6g per 100g.

For any younger guests, consider offering sugar-free jelly with fruit as a healthier alternative to a party pudding.

Lower your alcohol intake

Whether having street parties, barbecues with friends or simply indulging while watching the ceremonies on TV, it’s worth watching how much alcohol you have over the Jubilee weekend. Excess alcohol is linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, so why not have soft drinks in between glasses of wine or beer, or reduce your intake by using a mixer such as sugar-free lemonade.

Get active

If you’re hosting a gathering in Her Majesty’s honour, why not get your guests up and moving with a few party games to help them achieve the recommended 30 minutes daily physical activity. Perhaps a game of croquet or, for younger guests, the Queen says… a Jubilee themed take on Simon says.

So what’s the Queen’s secret to longevity?

Achieving 70 years of active service and reaching the age of 96 is no mean feat, and there are lots of things you can do to help unlock a similarly long and healthy life. Eating a balanced diet and staying active are two key ways to get you on track to achieving this.

It is very important to understand your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our simple online health check takes just a few minutes. The Healthier You programme is free to join and you can sign up without visiting your GP. The sessions are now available with a British Sign Language Interpreter if BSL is your first or preferred language.

Use our online checker to find out if you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes: https://www.stopdiabetes.co.uk/know-your-risk

It might be the most important thing you do today.

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