This November, Say NO to Diabetes!
Why are we talking about this?
2018 has gone by in a flash! It’s November already and although many of us had hoped to keep our health in check, as a part of our New Year’s Resolution for 2018, we don’t think a lot of us were able to keep up with it. However, it’s not late for a wake-up call and to pay attention to the needs of your body. You’ve been slaving and working hard all year, putting your body through all kinds of stressful situations. So, why not reward yourself with the much-needed pampering starting this November - the month of Diabetes awareness?
The International Diabetes Federation has declared November 14 as the World Diabetes Day, with an aim to raise awareness about this fast escalating disease. Diabetes as we all know is that guest whom your body would never want to welcome but often comes without warning and resides permanently!
As surprising as it is, the WHO maintains that diabetes is one of the most rapidly growing health challenges in India where almost 8.7% of the diabetic population belongs to the age group of 20-40 years.
In the face of such a worsening situation, shouldn’t we take charge of our health and work towards leading a healthier lifestyle? Although the occurrence of diabetes has a lot to do with your family medical history, there are many other factors that can trigger the onset of this disease.
In this blog, we’ll show you how you can transform your life for the better and lead a diabetes-free life! Here are five tips that’ll turn your life around towards the healthier side:
1. Eat right!
One of the most important requirements for a healthy body and mind is a healthy eating habit. Eating a lot of junk food that is high on sugar, fat, and carbohydrates are not only harmful to your body but it can also trigger the early onset of diabetes. Move over to healthier foods instead such as leafy greens, vegetables, fruits that are rich in Vitamin A, B, and C. Also, you don’t need to avoid carbs and fat altogether - you only need to choose the right carbs and fats for your body. For instance, whole grain carbs are way better than starchy carbs and foods such as nuts and seed oils are the best source of good fats.
2. Get moving and grooving!
Exercising regularly is the key to a healthy body and mind. You don’t necessarily need to hit the gym for staying fit. You can always do some freehand exercises for at least 30 mins every day at your home itself. Be it yoga or walking or jogging or even dancing, make it a point be physically active. Exercising will help to keep your weight in check and it will also promote a healthier and active functioning of your body parts and internal organs.
3. Sleep well
Just eating right and exercising won’t do you any good, if your body lacks adequate sleep. Each day we’ve to perform numerous tasks that put our body through a lot of physical and mental strain. Thus, it goes without saying that we must allow our body to replenish its strength. Sleeping very late at night can lead to hypertension and eventually diabetes. Experts say that our body needs at least 7-8 hours of sound sleep every day. A healthy and sound sleeping habit allows our body and mind to wake up rejuvenated with renewed energy.
4. Say no to stress
Although stress is a part and parcel of today’s fast-paced world, you must find a way to limit the stress in your life. This can only start when you make a change in your overall attitude and push away negativity from your life. You shouldn’t be thinking about work, bills, and life all the time. Lighten up, take things one step at a time instead of going all in at once. Go out with your family and friends once in a while. Listen to music, watch movies, read books - do the things that make you happy. As the famous poet Rumi says “Respond to every call that excites your spirit”. The more giddy and happy you are, the better you can beat stress.
5. Go for regular health checkups.
Pay attention to the minute changes happening in your body from time to time. The symptoms of diabetes are weight loss, loss of appetite, thirst, blurred vision, and fatigue, to name a few. Always be on the lookout for these. If you have doubts, make a trip to your physician and get a health checkup done. Regular health checkups help you to understand your body better and take the necessary steps if something goes wrong.
If you really put yourselves to it, these five tips are not very difficult to follow. Practicing these few steps diligently will not only ensure that your health game is on point but more importantly, it will also keep diabetes at bay!