14th November is observed as Children’s Day in India for the love of Jawahar Lal Nehru for children, being his birthday. The same 14th November however needs to share its popularity and celebration as World Diabetes Day.
A perfect day to blend the Children’s Day with Word Diabetes Day.
Eat Healthy – Like a Kid
Take Care of You – Like a Kid
Stay Stress Free – Like a Kid
Get Your Routine Checks Done – Like a Kid
Play / Dance / Exercise – Like a Kid
Diabetes at an early stage can be effectively managed with lifestyle modification
Eating sweets is not always the reason behind causing diabetes and post diabetes its not as difficult to go for desserts as people perceive. One can still continue to make his life sweet with managing their lifestyle and diet with a strict watch.
90 percent times type 2 diabetes is screened and is most common type of diabetes, usually diagnosed after the age of 35 years only. According to the International Diabetes Federation South-east Asia, there were 69.1 million cases of diabetes in India in 2015.
Prevention with few changes in diet and including exercise can however save you from this heartless disease but for that diagnosis after 35 years of age is required. Dr. Rajeshwari Janakiraman, Senior Consultant – Endocrinology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Yeshwanthpur states the same.
Type 2 diabetes is also found to be associated with heart disease. One routine advice would be to keep yourself checked for:
*Maintain Blood Pressure
Reasons of Diabetes
Against commonly perceived to be your favourite sweet, what causes diabetes is Heredity and Lifestyle and that’s what contributes in the reasons of insulin resistance. In most people it runs very strongly from generation to generation.
Setting up positive goals, proper diet management and education is beneficial for diabetic patients in long run.Following lifestyle modifications can go a long way in ensuring effective management of diabetes, according to Dr Rajeshwari:
Understanding the three key principles of eating: What to eat, how much to eat, and when to eat, can be really beneficial. Try to have a platter that contains little amount of carbohydrate, protein, fiber, mineral and vitamins and space your meals evenly throughout the day. In any case do not skip your meals.
For people with Type 2 diabetes, aerobic activity is a must as it helps in improving blood flow. It not only makes your heart and bones strong but also relieves stress, thus helping your insulin work well. Taking a brisk walk for 30 to 40 minutes every day is the best way of keeping yourself active.
Losing a lot of weight is not required. To begin with, just losing 5-10% of excess body weight can make a difference. Losing weight can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.
It is better to make a chart or set reminders so that you don’t forget to take your medicines routinely. Your doctor may prescribe you some medicines to help you keep your blood glucose in your target range. Make sure you don’t miss these.
Checking Blood Glucose
Checking your blood glucose on regular basis is important. It is one way to know how food, medicines and exercises are affecting your blood glucose.
Different people have different feelings about getting type 2 diabetes. Some people get angry while some suffer from depression. Senses of loss, fear or stress are some of the usual reactions. These feeling are completely normal and one should find ways of getting out of these.