Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Every year on April 7, World Health Day is celebrated by World Health Organisation (WHO) throughout the world. The theme for this year is 'Beat Diabetes'.
Diabetes is caused mainly from unhealthy eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity. The two common forms of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is not preventable while the latter one can often be avoided. But one can reduce the risk of getting diabetes by following a healthy lifestyle.
Here are some ways to prevent the disease:
If you are overweight then try to lose weight as it increases the risk of developing diabetes. Weight loss will help you improve insulin resistance and health thereby reducing the risk of diabetes.
Eating breakfast within two or three hours after waking up every day, will reduce the risk of developing diabetes. So,it is advisable to all not to skip breakfast.
Increase the intake of foods high in fibre like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds in their daily diet as it slows the absorption of sugar from foods which reduces the post-meal rise in blood glucose levels.
One should exercise regularly as it contributes to weight loss which reduces the risk of getting diabetes. Exercise not only reduce weight but also improves the body's ability to use insulin properly that protects against developing diabetes.
If you are a smoker then quit the habit as it increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Quitting smoking will not only help prevent diabetes but also reduce the risk of associated health complications.