DIABESITY is a coexistence of both DIABETES & OBESITY.
They are like inseparable friends.
This Epidemic is growing at a rapid pace throughout the world.
Diabesity is mainly associated with lifestyle and dietary habits, aside from genetic vulnerability.
Obesity is the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot properly use insulin.)
It is estimated that nearly 90% of those who are obese will develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.
In another Statistics it also shows roughly 90% of those with diabetes are also obese.
The link between Obesity and type 2 diabetes is well known, but it is actually more than a mere link. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are interrelated.
Many studies show excess fat, especially in the abdominal area and around the waist, promotes insulin resistance causing elevated blood sugar levels.
Diabetes increases the risk of obesity.
The reason diabetes increases the risk of obesity is also because of insulin. The hormone insulin unlocks the doors of cells so that they can absorb glucose. If one have type 2 diabetes, their cells are resistant to insulin and will not accept much or any glucose.
This leaves both excess glucose and insulin circulating in your bloodstream. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone that promotes weight gain.
The projection for 2030 shows that 7.7% of world’s population will be in Grip of Type2 DIABETES MELLITUS (T2DM)
Today, roughly 30% of overweight people have the disease, and 85% of diabetics are overweight. So we need WEIGHT MANAGEMENT to eradicate this EPIDEMIC.
What are the Symptoms for Diabesity?
- Excess belly fat
Hunger after meals
Intense sugar/carb cravings
Vision problems, i.e, blurry vision
Inability to lose weight
Sexual dysfunction (Erectile dysfunction for men, diminished sexual desire for women.)
Tingling hands and/or feet
Insomnia or other sleep issues
DIABESITY is a slow poison to our society resulting from fast changing lifestyle.
Common Risk factors :
Obesity : The state of being well above one’s normal weight.
A person has traditionally been considered to be obese if they are more than 20 percent over their ideal weight. That ideal weight must take into account the person’s height, age, sex, and build.
Junk/Processed /Trendy Food: Easy availability of processed and quick fix food lead to the over consumption of Food.
Moving Away from Local Food: Because of over exposure to media and easy access to it. People are moving away from Dal-Chawla/Roti sabji/idli sambhar/simple fish curry rice to pizza, burger, salamis etc.
Sedentary life style: Being couch potatoes with a gadget in hand and surfing on the sofas with latest series is the new trend. Not to miss the bowl of fries with it.
Instead of whole body movement people are only using fingers.
a lack of physical activity increases the risk of diabesity in two ways. The first is that it increases the risk of obesity. The second is that it promotes insulin resistance.
Your risk of developing Diabesity increases if you have a close family member, such as a parent or a sibling, with this disease.
How can we not fall prey of this EPIDEMIC
- Stop processed food. Include traditional local food in our daily diet.
- Adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a moderate level OR 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of aerobic physical activity at a vigorous level. Being active 5 or more hours each week can provide even more health benefits.
- Maintain sleep cycle.
- Curtail use of gadgets. Set your own limits. Be the master of your mind.
- Develop a Hobby.
- Be Happy
To eradicate this self created MONSTER we all need to PLEDGE to EAT SMART, CURTAIL USE OF GADGETS, INCLUDE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.