3 things you should know about diabetes
Healthy eating, physical activity, low-key lifestyle are factors in managing stress. Many things can make managing weight a challenge including stress, low income levels, some medical conditions and medications.
Here are three lesser known facts about this disease that YOU need to be aware of.
It can be deadly
As the saying goes – prevention is better than a cure – and diabetes is no exception. A disease that stems from higher-than-healthy sugar levels in the blood, diabetes, if left unchecked can lead to some disastrous outcomes – including blindness, kidney disease and heart ailments. So be regular with your check-ups and take control of your lifestyle now.
It’s not one disease
Simply put there are three kinds of diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is a disease where the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells and has an onset earlier in life. Type 2 Diabetes is associated with obesity wherein the extra weight causes the body to produce more insulin, thereby putting pressure on the cells and organs that produce it, which could lead to their failure. The third distinct type of diabetes is Gestational Diabetes – which affects pregnant women but is usually resolved post-delivery.
The important takeaway message here is that all of the above are not the same and the most common type is preventable.
Prediabetes doesn’t lead to full-blown diabetes.
Also known as impaired glucose tolerance, prediabetes simply means that the amount of glucose or sugar in your blood is higher than it should be, but not high enough to qualify as Type 2 Diabetes. As per the American Diabetes Association, making three lifestyle changes—losing weight, watching your diet, and exercising—can increase your chances of preventing or delaying Type 2 Diabetes by up to 58%.
The safest way to prevent the onset of diabetes is to make a conscious decision to lead a healthy life by making the requisite changes in lifestyle habits, eating right and getting lots of exercise.
3 reasons to fight diabetes with regular exercise
The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Not only does it make you feel better, more energetic, regular exercise can help you in your fight against diabetes (and other diseases) regardless of your age and sex.
Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these five ways how exercise can help in the prevention/treatment of diabetes.
Exercise controls weight
Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. If you can’t do an actual workout, opt for simpler way like – taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.
Exercise helps avoid complications
Exercising every day, can help prevent heart attack and stroke in people with diabetes. A daily 30-minute walk can help to manage diabetes and lower your chances of developing problems associated with diabetes.
Exercise helps control blood sugar
Exercise can reduce the glucose in your blood. Muscles can use glucose without insulin when you’re exercising. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re insulin resistant or if you don’t have enough insulin: when you exercise, your muscles get the glucose they need, and in turn, your blood glucose level goes down.