Monday, August 1st, 2011

Diabesity – A New Malady in Indians

Being overweight or obese sets the stage for diabetes. In fact, gaining as little as 10 pounds (4.5kg) of excess weight promotes insulin resistance, informs Dr Ambrish Mithal, HOD, Endocrinology and Diabesity at Medanta. The present day deranged lifestyle supported by cola culture, junk food and physical inactivity has actually led to this new world health disorder- Diabesity – diabetes + obesity. And the worrying thing is that it is being diagnosed in an increasing number of young Indians informs Mithal. Today’s obese child is soon going to be a diabetic.

Dr Mithal identifies genetic susceptibility, environmental and behavior factors contribute to diabesity and advises regular exercise to cure it. To know the common symptoms, causes and related diseases of diabesity, keep reading.

The commonly identified symptoms of diabesity include:

  • Sugar cravings, especially after meals
  • Eating sweets does not relieve cravings for sugar
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased thirst and appetite
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Slowed stomach emptying
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Visual problems
  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities.

Sugary drinks and a couch potato lifestyle are the two main villains of the obesity crisis.

Obesity is no longer a disease to consider with laidback attitude rather it needs prompt attention because it brings along many more diseases with it.

The most prevalent diabesity related diseases include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

Few more health hazards that diabesity bring include the following: abdominal obesity (i.e. “spare tire” syndrome); dyslipidemia (low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides); high blood pressure; high blood sugar (fasting above 100 mg/dL, Hb1Ac above 5.5); systemic inflammation and a tendency to form blood clots.

Treating diabesity

In fact, the first step is to keep your weight in check. And there are no shortcuts in the process. You have to embrace a healthy lifestyle which includes eating healthy foods and exercising. Choose an activity that you could do everyday, but the mantra is that you should stick to it.

Brisk walks, jogs are quite helpful in keeping the weight under control. If you procastrinate these in the want of company, then it’s a good idea to join a gym or a dance class or find a companion who could motivate you to be active.

Manage stress to keep your insulin levels under control.  The solution is simple just learn to relax. Meditate, listen to music, take a walk or do gardening, but keep your stress levels under control.

Few simple lifestyle changes and a bit modification in your diet plans can do alot in keeping a gurad to diabesity. Try to bring changes today to enjoy a carefree future.

Priya Singh

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