A student from Stanmore wants to see more done about diabetes after recently being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Divina Vyas, 21, commutes to Nottingham University said that since being diagnosed it has made her more cautious about what she buys.
She said: “So Because I’m young it’s controlled by a special diet and fitness. It effects my day to day because if I’m not eating and exercising in the right way I have mood swing which can have an effect on my studies.
“I could spend three hours shopping. Sainsbury’s is one of the better ones but other retailers I’ve been to, I tend to find there’s no particular area that you can go. I don’t think were educated in the right way.”
Divina believes that more could be done to make people aware of what is included in certain food and drink.
She said: “I don’t feel like there’s enough targeting toward diabetics; there are no healthy delis and there are too many restaurants, but there’s not much we can do as the chains have too much money.
“I’ve been told don’t eat out as much as you don’t know what you’re eating. I’ve tried to cut out meat but it hasn’t worked. I do tend to stick to chicken and fish and I have seen my diet improve.”
Divina joins the four million people who are living with diabetes in the UK. According to the charity Diabetes UK that number could five million by 2025 if nothing more is done to tackle the rising number of diagnosis.
Helen Dickens, assistant director of campaigns and mobilisation at Diabetes UK, said: “We already know that people living with diabetes want more information about what’s in the food and drink they buy, but what’s interesting is understanding how the availability of better nutritional labelling influences the spending habits of the public as a whole.
“These findings are a clear indicator, not only to government but also to the food and drink and service industries, that the public have an appetite to see better information about the food they’re buying, and they’re willing to vote with their wallets. It’s not just good for the health of the public; it’s also good for business.
“It’s becoming increasingly difficult for the Government, and industry, to ignore the wishes of the consumer. The British public have spoken, and it’s time for government to act, and take this simple, bold step to improving the health of the nation.”