The sweet di­a­betes so­lu­tion

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - KarenPasquali Jones, Ed­i­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

T he scales are gath­er­ing dust in my bath­room. I’ve man­aged to avoid them for a year, mostly be­cause I don’t need to step on them to know that I need to drop at least a Dubai stone – or two. I’m a veg­e­tar­ian who hardly eats any vegetables. I don’t do any ex­er­cise. When I get thirsty I of­ten drink soda in­stead of wa­ter. In short, I’m a prime can­di­date for pre-di­a­betes.

This is a rel­a­tively new term coined to cover pa­tients whose blood-glu­cose lev­els have in­creased, but aren’t high enough to be full-blown type 2 di­a­betes. By spot­ting th­ese signs early, those at risk can make di­etary and life­style changes, and stop it from pro­gress­ing. Halt­ing it is rel­a­tively easy – ditch the junk for healthy meals, drink lots of wa­ter, lose weight and ex­er­cise.

If that doesn’t sound very ap­peal­ing maybe the facts will shock you – and me – into ac­tion. There are almost 750,000 di­a­bet­ics in the UAE, ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Di­a­betes Fed­er­a­tion and an es­ti­mated 300,000 have not been di­ag­nosed. For all I know I may be one of them. So might you. That means we could all be at risk of strokes, heart at­tacks and nerve and kid­ney dam­age, which are all as­so­ci­ated with the con­di­tion. I’ve de­cided it’s my duty to look after my health and I’ll be fol­low­ing the ad­vice in our health pages on page 84.

I am im­pressed by the brav­ery shown by the women with di­a­betes in our ex­clu­sive photo shoot and in­ter­views, which ap­pear on page 16. They all say they have di­a­betes, but di­a­betes doesn’t have them!

Let me know what you think of the is­sue. Un­til next week,

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