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Managing Diabetes – A Roadmap to Health And Wellness

By May 27, 2024Blogs, Employee Assistance ProgramViews: 150

Introduction:

India has one of the highest rates of Diabetes. 1 in 4 Indians are formally diagnosed with Diabetes currently. Diabetes is commonly acknowledged as a medical condition that needs to be managed and cared for and there are good reasons not to classify it as a disease.

Diabetes results in elevated blood sugar levels. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into the cells to be stored or used for energy. If this malfunctions, it leads to Diabetes. This condition develops due to a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

Types of Diabetes and its causes:

There are a few different types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes: The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. Genetics and environmental factors play a part in this autoimmune reaction.

Type 2 Diabetes: The body’s cells become less responsive to insulin. This results in higher blood sugar levels as cells are unable to effectively take in glucose for energy. The various factors like Unhealthy Diet, Lack of Physical Activity, Obesity, Genetics etc may lead to this condition.

Gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar levels become high during pregnancy.

Myths and Facts about Diabetes:

Myth 1: Only overweight or obese people get diabetes

Fact: People of various body types, including those with normal weight, can develop diabetes.

Myth 2: Diabetes is contagious

Fact: Diabetes is not a contagious disease. It can not spread through casual contact with someone who has diabetes.

Myth 3: People with diabetes can’t lead a normal life

Fact: With proper management, including medication adherence, healthy eating, regular physical activity, blood sugar monitoring, people with diabetes can lead fulfilling and active lives.

Myth 4: Artificial sweeteners are safe and healthy

Fact: Certain artificial sweeteners may also impact insulin sensitivity, making it more difficult for the body to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

Myth 5: Diabetes is inevitable if it runs in the family

Fact: While having a family history of diabetes increases the risk, it does not guarantee that someone will develop diabetes. Lifestyle factors or changes can significantly reduce the risk.

Ways to Manage and Control Diabetes

Maintaining the blood sugar levels, irrespective of the type of Diabetes can prevent the consequences of the condition. Below are some of the ways that can help to take control of the health.

Healthy Eating: A healthy diet is essential for managing diabetes. Incorporating Whole Grains and Fiber, Fruits and Vegetables, Lean Proteins, Healthy Fats to the diet is found useful. Intake of sugary drinks, sweets, and processed foods should be reduced.

 

Regular Physical Activity: Exercise helps your body use insulin more efficiently. Moderate aerobic activity such as walking, swimming, or cycling can be done regularly.

Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels: Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels and regular check-ups is crucial for managing diabetes.

Maintain a Healthy Weight: Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can significantly improve blood sugar control and reduce the risk of complications

Stress Management: Blood sugar levels are impacted by stress, so learning stress management techniques is essential. Practices such as yoga, meditation, deep-breathing exercises, aroma therapy etc can help reduce stress.

Yoga Mudras: Below are some of the Yoga mudras have been effectively curing diabetes:

Apan mudra: Touching the middle and the ring finger with the thumb, while keeping index and little finger straight. Hold the position for 10 minutes and this can be repeated thrice a day.

Gyan mudra: Joining the tips of the index fingers with the tips of the respective thumbs. This will decrease the stress level and in turn the diabetes.

Conclusion:

Managing diabetes is a continuous journey that requires dedication, knowledge, and proactive steps. With the right strategies and a positive mindset, one can lead a healthy, active, and fulfilling life with diabetes.

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