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Updated: July 10, 2012 13:35 IST

‘Healthy diet, change in lifestyle need of the hour’

Rani Devalla
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Women walkers with both morden and traditional dresses enjoying cool breeze on the beach road in Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak
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Women walkers with both morden and traditional dresses enjoying cool breeze on the beach road in Visakhapatnam. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, lack of exercise, obesity, and other genital factors are gruelling the situation.

Fifty million adults were affected by diabetes and are expected to become 85 million by 2030, according to a survey conducted by Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. Sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy food habits, lack of exercise, obesity, and other genital factors are gruelling the situation.

Despite the genital factors, most of the cases arise due to excess production of insulin not able to match the energy exerted. With food available on call, there is always a danger for the body storing excess calories leading to metabolic imbalances. The need of the hour is to relook at one’s lifestyle and carve a healthy menu.

Main factors

People, who have adapted western lifestyle and are irregular in working out, are more prone to develop diabetes mellitus, said consultant endocrinologist G.R. Sridhar. “Two main factors that influence high insulin levels are genetic reasons and lifestyle. One need not avoid feasting completely. At the same time, it is important to burn the extra calories consumed by exercising at least five days a week,” he said.

Include green leafy vegetables, brown rice, salads, and fruits such as oranges, blackberry, guava and apple in the diet. Split the platter into small portions and eat at regular intervals. Incorporate gingili oil, mustard oil, and olive oil in moderate quantity while cooking, he said.

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