Healthy life­style vs di­a­betes

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

YES­TER­DAY was World Di­a­betes Day; a re­minder that our de­ci­sions in life can make this mis­er­able if we do not take heed of warn­ings, es­pe­cially about our health.

Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions: “Glob­ally, an es­ti­mated 422 mil­lion adults were liv­ing with di­a­betes in 2014, com­pared to 108 mil­lion in 1980. The global preva­lence of di­a­betes has nearly dou­bled since 1980, ris­ing from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult pop­u­la­tion. This re­flects an in­crease in as­so­ci­ated risk fac­tors such as be­ing over­weight or obese. Over the past decade, di­a­betes preva­lence has risen faster in low and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries than in high-in­come coun­tries.”

We’re right over there... among the low and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries whose peo­ple con­sume in­stant noo­dles and noth­ing else for days on end, gorge on rice ev­ery­day, and chug down soda as a treat to our­selves. Don’t for­get the three-in-one cof­fee and iced tea mixes whose sugar lev­els are way above what any­one should be con­sum­ing in a day.

While known to be a life­style dis­ease, many Filipinos ig­nore the warn­ing, their love for rice, noo­dles, and sweets al­ways over­rid­ing the will to re­sist.

Thus, ring­ing the warn­ing about di­a­betes never grows old, es­pe­cially ev­ery Novem­ber 14, the World Di­a­betes Day.

Thus, we put stress on the warn­ings of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) about this dis­ease that is get­tnig to be more com­mon by the year. Here are some facts gleaned from WHO: Adults with di­a­betes have a two- to three­fold in­creased risk of heart at­tacks and strokes.

Com­bined with re­duced blood flow, neu­ropa­thy (nerve dam­age) in the feet in­creases the chance of foot ul­cers, in­fec­tion and even­tual need for limb am­pu­ta­tion.

Di­a­betic retinopa­thy is an im­por­tant cause of blind­ness, and oc­curs as a re­sult of long-term ac­cu­mu­lated dam­age to the small blood ves­sels in the retina. 2.6% of global blind­ness can be at­trib­uted to di­a­betes. Di­a­betes is among the lead­ing causes of kid­ney fail­ure.

In sim­ple words, it’s not an easy dis­ease to suf­fer from. The suf­fer­ing can be stretched for years, but the good news is, sim­ple life­style change helps pre­vent or de­lays the on­set of type 2 di­a­betes, the type that is ac­quired from life­style. These are: * achieve and main­tain healthy body weight;

* be phys­i­cally ac­tive – at least 30 min­utes of reg­u­lar, mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity ac­tiv­ity on most days. More ac­tiv­ity is re­quired for weight con­trol; * eat a healthy diet, avoid­ing sugar and sat­u­rated fats in­take; and * avoid to­bacco use – smok­ing in­creases the risk of di­a­betes and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases.

As yet an­other World Di­a­betes Day is marked, let us be more con­scious of what we eat, how we live, the habits we have picked up, and how slug­gard we have be­come.

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