Today (the 14th of November) is World Diabetes Day so I decided to create awareness here!
First off, diabetes here refers to diabetes type 2 which is perfectly a manageable illness and can be completely avoided by both those at high risk and low risk of developing it with advancement in age.
Secondly, do this quick calculation. Divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters. I'll go first : 73kg ÷ (1.82m)^2 = 22.04
What is yours?😀😁
For African descents, it should fall between 18.5 and 24.9. That's the range for a healthy BMI (body mass index).
If it's within that range, you are in a safe zone but anything higher or lower shows overweight or underweight respectively (medically speaking).
Weight loss programmes can help with adjustments to fall into the safe range and only when it fails can weight loss pills(on professional medical advice) be resorted to.
Lastly, here are some basic lifestyle modifications that will help.
-sleep well and drink a lot of water
-jog jog jog. At the very least every weekend
-reduce consumption of carbohydrates, not just sugary things. Eat mostly veges and fruits (esp for the over weight)
-and for those already diagnosed with the disease, never miss medical appointments.