Live your life in style

Diabetes is a serious global health issue that continues to gain momentum, currently affecting 425 million people and set to affect over 690 million people by 2045. No country is immune from this global pandemic, which if not managed, will result in increased economic and social hardship for all those affected.

Diabetes brings with it many serious complications, but the good news is that these can be prevented or delayed by living an active and healthy lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes accounts for the vast majority of diabetes cases and most of these could be prevented.

Diet and physical activity are the cornerstones of good diabetes management for all types of diabetes. Diabetes is no obstacle to living a full and productive life and the purpose of Live your Life in Style is to show just that: whether you are living with diabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes, you can live your life in style through healthy diet and exercise!

The recipes and recommendations included are intended to show that eating healthy and exercising can be fun. Living with diabetes does not mean that you have to sacrifice your likes and preferences and eat the same food each day. Every individual is unique and so the recommendations and advice provided reflect this.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) asked its membership and wider network to send in common and popular recipes from their country or region. Over 200 recipes from around the globe are featuredEach recipe has been modified to become healthier and meet the dietary requirements of a person living with diabetes. A debt of gratitude is owed to Dr Vanisha S Nambiar of the Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, Maharaja Sayaji Rao University of Baroda, Vadodara (India), without whom the modification of the recipes would not have been possible.

Diet alone, however, is not enough, and must be complemented with daily physical activity. In recognition of the fact that exercising is not always easy, especially in these fast-paced, highly technological times, we have compiled a series of tips and recommendations to make physical activity interesting and fun, showcasing its value in the management of all types of diabetes.

Diabetes currently poses a big challenge to all societies but we have the solutions to reverse the tide and ensure a healthy future for everyone.

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