Desk jobs, busy schedules, deadlines, stress - these are all part of our life. And sadly, we are not doing much to cope with them. As a result, we are more prone to lifestyle diseases like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. It is projected that by 2030, the number of Singapore residents above 40 with diabetes will increase by another 200,000.
Avoiding lifestyle diseases is completely in our hands. So, as the world gets ready to celebrate World Diabetes Day on November 14, let’s join the initiative by pledging to lead a healthier life by adopting better eating habits.
Here are some tips on how to keep diabetes away:
A healthy diet is the key to preventing and controlling diabetes. We should take care that our diet is rich in fibre and has less saturated and trans fats. To do this, we need to change our eating habits. For example, a fresh vegetable salad before meals will make sure we get enough fibre, and also provide us with essential vitamins and minerals.
Avoid sugary drinks as they increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes. They have more sugar content than is required by our body. This excess sugar intake leads to obesity and obesity-related diseases like diabetes. Replace them with healthy options like water, green tea and coconut water.
Fresh vegetables, if not cooked in the right oil, do more harm than good. So let’s start by using healthier options. Olive oil and canola oil,for example, are healthier oils and can also be used for salad dressings.
Try to quit smoking and put a limit on alcohol consumption. While too much alcohol is harmful, drinking in moderation may be good for the body.