Start the day with a healthy breakfast to beat diabetes

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People around the world are being asked to start the day with a healthy breakfast to mark World Diabetes Day.

Diabetes is a long term condition that causes high blood sugar levels.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called on communities to get together to share a meal.

Observed annually on 14 November, it's also the day insulin, a drug that helps people maintain a normal blood sugar level, was discovered.

Gojka Roglic is a WHO doctor who specializes in non-communicable diseases.

"A healthy breakfast generally speaking would be including fruit, fibre, not refined carbohydrates, rather carbohydrates that have a low-glycaemic index. Unpolished rice for example, fruit and not much fat and that would be depending on the culture there would be a different menu constructed from these elements."

Diabetes can shorten a persons' life by 10 to 15 years.

Complications which accompany the condition include heart disease, stroke or kidney failure.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1'18''

 

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