We’re constantly told to watch what we eat, keep as active as we can, have a healthy lifestyle and manage our weight. But why are these messages so important and what are we all striving to achieve? A healthy body and healthy life, and the avoidance of any chronic conditions such as type II diabetes? This usually appears in middle-aged or older people, however, it’s more frequently being diagnosed in younger overweight adults and adolescents. It’s now a major public health issue and it’s estimated that approximately 5 million people in the UK are at increased risk of developing type II diabetes. With this in mind,here are my top tips to reduce your risk.