On account of World Diabetes Day having just gone by, let’s talk about managing and possibly preventing diabetes. Diabetes type-2 usually starts early in your forties and fifties, but once it is there, it is for life. Anyone who has ever had a hormonal imbalance knows that there is no permanent cure- insulin shots and having both good and bad days become the norms in diabetes.
The real trouble arises well in your older age. As we age and our immunity begins to fail, diabetes can also precipitate conditions such as vision loss, kidney failure, and poor wound healing- all of these effects are unwanted at any age, but getting them in older age could make your lifestyle even worse.
How can we prevent diabetes? Can we prevent it even when it runs in the family? The most commonly inherited form of diabetes is type 1, and it often begins to manifest in very young age or by the time you are thirty. Type-2 diabetes is often precipitated by a sedentary lifestyle and obesity.
One way to identify if you’re at risk for diabetes is to get your random blood sugar levels tested every six months from the time you’re forty. This way, if you’re not yet diabetic but your sugar levels are high (a condition called pre-diabetes), you can take adequate precautions to delay or even prevent the onset of diabetes.
Coming to the prevention and management, if you’re overweight or obese, it is extremely important to bring down your weight through a combination of healthy diet and exercise. Reducing the consumption of processed food, eating on time every day, preferring healthy cooking methods such as steaming and grilling over frying and including a host of fruits and raw vegetables in your dietcan take care of the nutrition angle. Exercise can be a personal choice but must include some form of cardio for at least thirty minutes a day. Walking is often the exercise of choicebut Yoga, Zumba and even the gym may all work.
These habits that you make will hold you in good stead as you grow older, and with a habit of good diet and decades of exercise behind you, diabetes can be managed very well indeed. All you need to keep in mind is avoid injuries as far as possible.
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