Indian Institute of Public Health states “Diabetes cases in India are likely to go up to 20 million in next 20 years!”. Every diabetic in the country spends on an average about Rs 25,000 annually to manage the disease and its complications. Growing figures indicates widespread of diabetes-related illness.
India is second largest in diabetic population which is currently about 70 million, right after China having 110 million diabetic patients. While China, India, and the USA are the top three countries with a high number of diabetic population. We cannot expect betterment until there are any improvements in dietary patterns, with more fiber and protein and less of sugar and starches in the diet.
What we need to do is, follow what’s necessary and stay away from diabetes. Below mentioned are few points to take care and keep in the notice to stay away from Diabetes :-
1. Family History
You are always at a higher risk of getting diabetes if anyone from your family already had it. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger connection to family history and lineage than type 1. It can be kept in control through proper and on time diagnosis.
2. Modify Lifestyle
Eating more junk & fatty food items including aerated drinks and erratic meal habits contribute towards the risk of having diabetes. Prolonged sitting increases the risk of diabetes and obesity.
Gaining weight may be susceptible to diabetes. Maintain an ideal body weight, keep the BMI less than 22.9 kg/m2 and waist circumference to less than 90 cm in male and 80 cm in females. Keep a balanced diet and rigid exercise plan.
Exercising is important for maintaining body weight and ensuring health. Exercise daily for at least 30 to 45 minutes a day. Sedentary habits are contributing in a big way to increase incidents of diabetes. Take small breaks from daily schedule and work to stay fit and active all day.
5. Regular Checkups
Regular blood sugar tests can eliminate the risk of diabetes. Essential intake of medicines and a review checkup with your doctor at regular interval is a must.
Diabetes will be the world’s seventh largest killer by 2030 unless intense and focused efforts are made by governments, communities, and individuals. Make efforts to control and prevent diabetes in India.