Liji VargheseSo you hate it when people invite you to a party. You are even more reluctant when the party it at your own place. Not because you hate jovial and ebullient atmosphere around, but because you cannot gorge on things being served, let alone the desserts….you have to think twice before you devour the vegetable/fruit salads because of the restrictive diet plan handed over to you by your dietician. Life is not easy for people with diabetes. Given the fact that one has to live with the disease all through his/her life as there is no known cure and the medication available is only intended at keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal in order to avoid other health complications, it’s really important to take preventive measures at the first place. Due to the chronic nature of the disease, diabetics have to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes lifestyle modification and healthy eating. Because of the bodies inability to break down sugar, healthy eating doesn’t mean having a well balanced three-course diet, it means keeping a count on the amount of calorie intake, depending on the type of diabetes a person is suffering from, because sheer negligence can lead to dangerous complications like cardiovascular diseases, stroke, chronic renal failure, retinal damage and amputation.The precise etiology of diabetes is though unknown, certain genetic and lifestyle factors contribute to an increase in blood sugar levels. With the changing priorities and hectic lifestyle it becomes pretty obvious that you are diagnosed with the metabolic disease. According to the WHO estimates, more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes, which is likely to double by 2030. Maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising, having an active lifestyle, eating healthy, avoiding junk, restraining from alcohol, smoke and tobacco can help prevent diabetes, though there is no guarantee that you would never be diagnosed with it. (Type 1 diabetes is partly inherited or can be triggered by certain infections, Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance, and is caused due to genetic or lifestyle factor and gestational diabetes is caused during pregnancy).
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