Diabetes – a concern for Singaporeans

A silent killer especially Type 2 Diabetes. we should watch this very carefully. This blog entry is adapted from Texas Diabetes Council. Some hard facts that will make one sit up. That by 2050, 1 million Singaporeans could be affected by diabetes. But diabetes has other longer term complications that makes this disease so dreadful.

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In 2005 when we decided with a goal to make exercise convenient but avoid the membership gyms was our goal. Hence the notion of a pair of inline skates, folding bike or that you could unpack  anywhere an exercise you reach home from the office came about.

Many people have diabetes and don’t know it because they don’t have any symptoms. Diabetes causes your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) to be too high. Because the cells in your body can’t turn the blood sugar into energy, the sugar builds up and can damage many parts of your body, such as your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Over time, diabetes can cause stroke, heart attack, or coma.

Some helpful Myth busters

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In so many years, exercise is one thing but we believe that diet remains the key – what we ingest from carbo and liquids makes that difference! Go for low GI rice – basmati rice, drink alkaline, high oxygen water and take your slow release Vitamin C.

Go for low GI rice – basmati rice, drink alkaline, high oxygen water and take your slow release Vitamin C AND complement that with regular exercise. Those who are high risk to diabetes or already diagnosed with Prediabetic, you can manage this dreaded disease.

There are 3 types of diabetes

What is type 1 diabetes?

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Type 1 Diabetes (Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body’s own immune system fights the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
  • Sometimes called juvenile diabetes, but it can affect people at any age.
  • Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, dehydration, blurred vision, and weight loss.
  • No cure, but patients can control their blood sugar with daily insulin shots.
  • Not preventable.

What is type 2 diabetes?

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Type 2 Diabetes (Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body doesn’t make enough insulin, or it can’t use the insulin correctly, so the cells can’t process blood sugar correctly.
  • Most common type of diabetes.
  • Often has no symptoms.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Can be prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.

What is gestational diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes

  • Affects some women during pregnancy.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Often prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Increases risk of problems during pregnancy.
  • Usually disappears after pregnancy, but mom has increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Babies are more likely to be obese and have diabetes.

Taking a few simple steps can help you reduce your risk and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Set a weight loss goal.

If you’re overweight, the key to preventing diabetes is to lose weight. The most successful plans use a combination of eating healthy foods that are lower in fat and calories, and being physically active. Set a goal that you can achieve. A loss of five to seven percent (3 to 5 kgs for a 75kg person) can have a big impact on lowering your risk of diabetes.

Eat healthy foods.

Choosing to eat healthy foods will help you reach your weight loss goal. Figure out how many calories and fat grams you should have per day. Set a goal for losing one to two pounds each week.

Move more. Walk, Run or Cycle!

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