The World Health Organization (WHO) marks its annual World Health Day today, 7th April, by issuing a call for action on diabetes.
First WHO Global report on diabetes highlights that an astonishing 422 million adults live with diabetes, mainly in developing countries, and these numbers are on the rise. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity. According to the report, in 2014, more than 1 in 3 adults aged over 18 years were overweight and more than one in 10 were obese.
What is Diabetes?
Its a serious, chronic disease characterized by elevated blood glucose. It occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin (type 1) or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces (type 2).
Key Actions to Prevent Diabetes
1. Eat a healthy diet. Avoid intake of sugar and saturated fats.
2. Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Avoid excessive weight gain.
3. Get physically active! Aim for at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate-intensity workouts.
4. Avoid tobacco use. Smoking increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
So let’s get moving and help our bodies defence itself against this chronic disease.
Time to hit the gym!