Let’s Stay Healthy
Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. This high blood sugar produces the symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. Untreated, diabetes can cause many complications. Acute complications include diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Serious long-term complications include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers and damage to the eyes.
Diabetes is global public health problem and is now growing as an epidemic in both developed and developing countries. India is the “diabetic capital” of the world with 65.1 million people affected with the disease. Around 382 Million people suffer from diabetes in the world**. India leads the world today with the larger number of diabetes in any given country followed by China.
The problem of diabetes in today’s scenario is enhanced when there is adaptation of wrong lifestyle in day to day life. Life style is the way you live your life, what you eat, how and when you eat, how much you exercise, how you cope with stress full situations. It is the biggest killer in the world today accounting for almost 80% deaths worldwide is not war, disease, natural calamities or accidents. The biggest killer is life style.
Diabetes can be prevented by good life style practices. Lifestyle practices are pro-active approach towards optimum health and wellness by bringing about appropriate changes in the way you live to live your life more. Wrong diet, lack of physical activity and exercise, obesity, mental stress and tensions of fast paced competitive life; alcohol and smoking are the major culprits. This will manifest themselves innocently as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack etc. Hence, one has to realize that one’s life style plays a crucial role in “remaining healthy”.
The five simple preventive tips for Diabetes-
Get more physical activity
Get plenty of fiber
Go for whole grains
Lose extra weight.
Skip fat diets and make healthier choices
The risk of Diabetes may be reduced by 50% when controlling obesity and increasing physical activity. The primary prevention of Diabetes is possible by non- pharmacological intervention. To reduce the burden of Diabetes, such an intervention is necessary as part of routine preventive care. Make smart choices while cooking and eating out, and make healthy decisions about the exercises. A scientifically planned and logically guided healthy practice is the corner stone to preventing diabetes and attaining optimum health and well being.
** http://www.idf.org/worlddiabetesday/toolkit/gp/facts-figures (International Diabetic Federation)