Healthy Eating Habits Prevent Diabetes

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Batswana have been encouraged to adopt healthy eating habits to prevent diabetes.

Speaking during the commemoration of the World Diabetes Day in Mahalapye recently, the head of District Management Team, Dr Jackson Kaguamba said healthy eating helped in the prevention of type two diabetes and the effective management of diabetes to avoid complications.

Dr Kaguamba said a healthy food choice is a must for every Motswana in a bid to curb the disease. He said diabetes remained hidden, stating that up to half of all people with diabetes globally remained undiagnosed.

He said an effective action to avoid serious complications of diabetes was through healthy lifestyles and living in environments that encourage and facilitate healthy behaviour. He stressed the importance of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.

Dr Kaguamba stated that the latest estimates from IDF Diabetes Atlas indicated that there are 382 million people living with diabetes worldwide. By 2035, about 592 million people or one person in ten would have the disease and he urged Batswana to eat the right food with right nutrients.

He said the staple food of sorghum and traditional vegetables (morogo) and fruits are a good start and urged people to detest from eating food with too much salt and oil.

“A further 316 million people are currently at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the number expected to increase to almost 500 million within a generation,” he said.

Dr Kaguamba said WHO also estimates that 90 per cent of people around the world suffer from diabetes type 2.

The commemoration marks the first of a three-year (2014-2016) focus on the theme “healthy living and diabetes” of which Dr Kaguamba stated was in line with 2016 vision of having a healthy nation.

He said the theme went a long way until 2016, and it would be assessed as to which achievements the nation has reached in the spectrum of health.

Dr Kaguamba noted that the campaign would continue to promote the importance of immediate action to protect the health and well-being of future generations and achieve meaningful outcomes for people with diabetes and those at risk. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period.

He cautioned people that if they ever have symptoms of frequent urination, increased thirst and increased hunger they should consult the health facility, particularly that untreated diabetes can cause complications.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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