The fam­ily & di­a­betes

The Hindu Business Line - - PULSE -

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.


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