World Diabetes Day
Did you know that as many as 366 million people the world over suffer from diabetes? This disease is claiming one life every seven seconds! That is a frightening figure. What makes this more tragic is that, more often than not, diabetes can be avoided if we take better care of our health, particularly through our diet and lifestyle.
Most people fall prey to diabetes because of poor eating habits and little or no exercise which results in their becoming obese. In India, it is estimated that more than 62 million people suffer from diabetes. Dr. Mahesh, senior consultant, endocrinology, Apollo Hospitals was quoted recently to say "As the majority of Indian food is carbohydrate-based with liberal use of oil or ghee, the risk of diabetes is very high among Indians."
While red meat in excess is a contributor to higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, research studies have shown that eating fish has health benefits and helps in keeping diabetes at bay.
The first step to combat diabetes is to know more about the disease, its symptoms and diagnosis. About.com has a lot of information on the subject.
In Mumbai, World Diabetes Day was celebrated in an innovative way, with the lighting up of a few major buildings. This initiative covered many important landmarks in different parts of India.
In Bangalore, a world record for diabetes check up was created when 3,573 were screened and tests conducted in eight hours. This feat has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records.
It is difficult to eat less of the things that you loved to eat such as sweets or fried stuff. It is tempting to continue to eat them until you are forced to stop because of the advent of this terrible disease. Why not take care of yourself before you are compelled to?