Diabetes, Yoga, Diet and Halle Berry
Diabetes mellitus, often referred to as Diabetes, is a long-term health condition, develops due to the disordered metabolism and results into abnormally high blood sugar levels (hyperglycaemia).
Britain’s diabetes population has reached almost 2.5 million. Diabetes UK chief executive Douglas Smallwood said the figures were ’truly alarming’. He added that a healthy lifestyle can cut the risk of developing the disease, which costs the NHS (National Health Service) £1million an hour.
Diabetes can causes heart disease, stroke, amputations, kidney failure, blindness etc and it can remain undetected for years.
It is certainly the biggest health challenges facing the world today.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes develops due to a diminished production of insulin.
Type 2 diabetes develops due to resistance to insulin effects and is mostly associated with obesity and makes up around 90% of all diabetes.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be controlled by healthy lifestyle, proper diet and by managing the stress level.
When Halle Berry was diagnosed with diabetes she went through dramatic diet change. She started to eat loads of wonderful fresh vegetables, fresh fish, pasta and cut out red meat.
Halle also tries to lead a stress-free lifestyle and became a regular yoga practitioner. She practices yoga daily which helps her to release stress and brings the feeling of tranquillity.
By taking up yoga the quality of life can remarkably improve. Daily practice of yoga can help to reduce the stress hormones, bring feeling of relaxation and at the same time can also help in case of diabetes, specially type 2.
Research has shown that regular yoga practice can results in significant changes in most of the parameters of the metabolic syndrome including; waist circumference reduction, lowering in systolic blood pressure, reduction in fasting blood glucose level and HDL ‘good’ cholesterol increased.
Maintaining a healthy body forever is not a rocket science. Our body is made up of food and if we eat healthy vegetarian food and do yoga regularly to keep our stress level under control, we can certainly stay healthy forever.
The major reason for the lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cancer etc in the western world is the unhealthy food, specially the non-vegetarian and fast food which is the root cause.
Human beings are designed to stay healthy and not to die by lifestyle disease such as cancer, heart attack and diabetes.
Surprisingly the whole medical system in the western world is focussed on curing the diseases rather than in the prevention.
Though we need the medicines for cure when diseases go out of control but if we focus our attention on prevention of the disease at the first place we can live healthy forever without ever needing the medicine or maybe we will need them less often.
Issued in public interest by Subodh Gupta a holistic health consultant and also the author of the book “7 food habits for weight loss forever”.
Subodh Gupta is a celebrity trainer based in London and conducts Yoga, Nutrition, Stress Management and Weight loss workshops.
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