Considering the rapid rise in diabetes cases, the killer disease may soon become epidemic. Among the various underlying causes driving diabetes among the young and middle-aged, unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle are the key culprits. In many cases it gives rise to diabesity (diabetes and obesity) which significantly affects life and longevity. Diabetes with its many complications can lower quality of life and increase one’s stress because of the need to constantly check blood sugar levels, eating restricted diet and daily medication. As it is said that prevention is better than cure, a certain lifestyle and eating modifications can substantially lower the risk of getting diabetes. (Also read: Diabetes: Expert reveals easy 6M formula to manage blood sugar this Diwali)
“Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, can largely be prevented by making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and becoming more physically active. Prevention is especially important if you are overweight or obese, have high cholesterol, or have a family history of diabetes.
If you have prediabetes, which means blood sugar higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes, you can take simple lifestyle changes to help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes,” says Dr Ranjit Unnikrishnan – Vice Chairman & Consultant, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre.
Making a few changes, such as incorporating simple exercise and diet modifications into your routine, may help you avoid serious health complications of diabetes. Nerve, eyes, kidney and heart problems are just some of the consequences that may occur when you refuse to make lifestyle changes. The earlier you start making adjustments, the less likely these complications will happen.
Dr Unnikrishnan suggests 5 natural ways to prevent diabetes before it starts:
1. Keep your weight down: It is possible to cut your risk of diabetes by almost 60 per cent just by losing about 7 per cent of your body weight through changes in diet and exercise. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with…