The sweet diabetes solution
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,