The focus of this year’s World Health Day is to raise awareness about the rise of diabetes globally and to find ways to put an end to this disease. It’s estimated that over 9% of the world’s adult population has diabetes, but more disturbingly, studies are showing children are increasingly at risk of developing the disease.
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin, and if not treated properly it can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and can even cause early death.
The thing is… diabetes is often preventable. Its growing prevalence in recent times is linked to the rise in global obesity and physical inactivity.
Healthy living is one of the best defences against diabetes.
This is why it’s so important to form healthy eating and lifestyle habits from an early age and to practice good health every day (not just when you get sick). The following are some things you can do today to help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- Get more physical activity in your daily routine: 20-30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can make a huge difference.
- Eat a healthier diet: Increase the number of fruits and vegetables you eat and try to reduce your sugar and saturated fats intake. The Ideal Protein program we offer at the clinic is a great place to start.
- Maintain a healthy body weight: Obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes.
- Quit smoking!
If you’re concerned about your risk of developing diabetes because of an unhealthy lifestyle or because it runs in your family, set up a consultation with us today. Our team of practitioners will work with you to customize a wellness plan to get you on the path to better and healthier living.
Visit us at www.alignyourhealth.ca to learn more.