With over 80 million pre-diabetics & about 5 % of the population suffering from diabetes, India has the highest number of people with diabetes in the world.
A majority of the people in the country are in a prediabetic state, where one has higher than normal blood sugar in their body. This means that most of them might have type 2 diabetes in the future unless they take precautionary measures. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the number of Indians with diabetes will shoot to 123 million by the year 2040.
Doctors say that keeping blood sugar levels under check is the key to a healthier lifestyle. This would, in turn, help most of us, avoid major & minor health risks. One can easily avoid problems associated with high blood sugar like kidney & heart failure, and diabetes. Let’s look at some easy ways to help keep your blood sugar in check.
Listen to What Your Body Tells You: Some of the common symptoms related to rising sugar levels are:
- Frequent urination
- Uncontrolled thirst
You can also track glucose levels in the blood by using a glucose meter before & after meals.
Avoid sedentary lifestyle: The average Indian spends a considerable amount of time sitting; on the way to & at work, or while being a couch potato on the weekends. Adding about 30 minutes to an hour of exercise to your daily routine, can make you feel lighter and more energetic. Doctors say that the easiest way to keep an active lifestyle is to choose to walk whenever the opportunity strikes. So, the next time you have to go and buy groceries, don’t book a cab, take a walk.
Exercise regularly: Additionally exercising & sweating helps the body consume excess blood sugar, and is a natural way of regulating sugar levels. So, for those of you who are already exercising, keep going & don’t stop.
Stress levels: The amount of stress one is under, also affects the amount of sugar in the blood. Stress caters to the release of cortisol which is generally known as the stress hormone. This can cause a certain spike in the amount of sugar in the blood, which also depends on the amount of sugar intake during daily meals.
Diet: Finally, diet plays a major role in measuring & maintaining healthy blood sugar levels in the body. There are different diet plans which can be followed, depending on whether you are a vegan/veggie or a non-veggie. But the ground rule is to start your day with a punch of proteins.
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