Author: ClinEdge Staff
Today is World Health Day, brought to you by the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme is Beat Diabetes. WHO describes diabetes as a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas produces an inefficient amount of insulin (Type 1), or when the body cannot properly use the insulin it produces (Type 2). This leads to the increased concentration of glucose in the blood, or hyperglycemia.
Diabetes is continuing to have an overwhelming impact on the world. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012, 29.1 million Americans, which is 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. Worldwide, the number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 in which 108 million people were affected. In 2014, nearly 422 million adults were living with this chronic disease. Specifically, 90% of diabetes cases worldwide are Type 2 diabetes. The disease in increasing in children.
How can we beat diabetes? Here are some diabetes prevention tips:
- Don’t stress: If you experience stress, it can increase your blood pressure which could increase your risk of diabetes. Also, stress can release hormones that can play a critical part in how your body handles sugar. Everyone gets busy and overwhelmed at times, however, it is important to achieve a balanced lifestyle where stress is minimal. You can also incorporate daily exercise that can help to relieve stress.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise contributes to weight loss, which is a great way to prevent developing Type 2 diabetes. It can also improve your body's ability to use insulin efficiently, which also protects against developing diabetes. Try to fit in two and a half hours of exercise into your week. That’s 30 minutes a day, but you can also make it 10 minutes three times a day. The exercises you choose can be fun and minimal such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming.
- Coffee: Believe it or not, coffee can help to reduce the absorption of sugar by your intestines. It can also reduce insulin resistance. These two things make you less vulnerable to developing diabetes. Three cups of coffee a day could do the trick according to some studies. For stronger results, you can also try unsweetened black coffee!
Please join us in supporting WHO’s mission to beat diabetes by spreading awareness about this chronic disease and how it is affecting people worldwide.
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