The family & diabetes
As a marathon runner, I find it important to run at least 40-50 km a week to build the necessary stamina. I undertake longer runs during the weekends, clocking 15-18 km on Saturdays, followed by a shorter run of 5-8 km on Sundays. Mondays are rest days, allowing both mind and body to recover. This regular training helps build muscle memory, while aiding the mind to take control of the body over the course of the long run. Besides the long runs, I also do regular cross-fit training, including weights, to gain muscle strength. Sitting is the new smoking. I like to use a standing desk at work, and try to walk as much as possible, take the stairs, and go on walk breaks after sitting for a long time. The food we eat is critical. So I prefer to eat 3-5 small-portion meals a day. I try to avoid carbs, fried food and carbonated drinks. A samosa can undo the benefits of a 5-km run! I snack on raw fruits and green vegetables instead.
It is important to remain hydrated, as we don’t realise how much water we lose from perspiration, especially in Mumbai’s hot and humid weather. In office, and during my daily runs, I make it a point to drink plenty of water to remain properly hydrated.
Diabetes concerns every family. This World Diabetes Day (November 14), the International Diabetes Federation will focus on raising awareness on the impact that diabetes has on the family, besides promoting the role of the family in diabetes management, care, prevention and education.A day to mark diabetes was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.Over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are type 2 diabetes, which is preventable through regular physical activity, a healthy and balanced diet, and the promotion of healthy living environments.Early diagnosis is important as one in two people currently living with type 2 diabetes is undiagnosed. Pointing out the importance of access to affordable treatment, the IDF says that diabetes can be expensive for the individual and family.