World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. The most common Diabetes types are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
As we commemorate the world diabetes day today, 14th November, 2019, let’s take a look at some statistics behind one of the world’s most common disease.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), over 285 million people, or 6.4% of the world’s population is currently diabetic.
According to the World Health Organization, the African region will see a rise in the incidence of diabetes from 7,020,000 to 18,234,000 between the years 2000 and 2030.
This projected increase is largely due to an overall growth in population, increase in life expectancy, increasing sedentary lifestyles and inactivity, increasing obesity trend, and unhealthy dietary habits.

Diabetes Prevention Tips

1. Get more physical activity: There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Lower your blood sugar
  • Boost your sensitivity to insulin — which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range

2. Get plenty of fiber: Fiber may help you:

  • Reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Promote weight loss by helping you feel full

Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts.

3. Go for whole grains: Whole grains may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels.

Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products and cereals. Look for the word “whole” on the package and among the first few items in the ingredient list.

4. Lose extra weight: If you’re overweight, diabetes prevention may hinge on weight loss. Every pound you lose can improve your health, and you may be surprised by how much.

5. Skip fad diets and just make healthier choices: Low-carb diets or other fad diets may help you lose weight at first. But their effectiveness at preventing diabetes and their long-term effects aren’t known.  Instead, simply develop a well balanced and healthy-eating plan.

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