Diabetes is a critical health issue that occurs to people all over the world and is especially common in the little red dot we call Singapore.
According to a Straits Times article dating back to 2015, Singapore has “the second-highest proportion of diabetics among developed nations”. This is mainly due to the lack of active lifestyle among Singaporeans accompanied by an unhealthy diet, which undoubtedly increases the risk of diabetes.
Singapore has always been a melting pot of culture and that also applies to the food we eat. We often consume foods that contain heavily processed carbohydrates (white flour, white bread, white rice, etc.), saturated and trans-fats (baked, fried foods and fatty meats, butter, milk etc.) as well as red meat and processed meat.
All these mostly derive from Malay and Indian-based delicacies, with their deep fried chicken complemented with rice heavily flavoured with coconut milk and roti prata soaked with cooking oil and butter. Drinks are not to be underestimated too as the ones that are sickly sweet are what you should be watching out for.
DID YOU KNOW: Indians and Malays have consistently had higher prevalence of diabetes compared to the Chinese across the years, their food being the main culprit.
As if those factors are not enough, the risk of diabetes also increases with age. So if you don’t start adopting a healthy lifestyle now, the older you would have to face greater consequences.
However, in order to fully invest in changing your ways, you need to understand the what, when and how of diabetes.
What is diabetes?
In layman terms, diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.
There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes (usually inherited and cannot be prevented), type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes and can be prevented) and gestational diabetes (occurs during pregnancy).
When does it occur?
Diabetes occurs when the body produces insufficient insulin — a hormone that keeps the blood sugar level balanced — or alternatively, does not respond properly to insulin, resulting in a high amount of sugar in the blood.
How can you prevent or manage it?
Losing weight & maintaining it
You may be able to prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. But most importantly, it is vital that you don’t gain back the weight. So try your best to keep yourself active in your busy lifestyle!
Exercise not only helps you to lose weight but also lower your blood sugar levels. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. If you have not been active, consult your healthcare professional to figure out which types of exercise are best for you.
Do not smoke
As if smoking doesn’t harm your body enough, it also contributes to insulin resistance, which in turn leads to type 2 diabetes. Therefore, quitting smoking would be the best thing to do for you and your health.
Adopting a healthy diet
Eating healthily plays a big role in preventing and managing diabetes and it is certainly not an easy step, especially when you are so used to a flavourful diet. You don’t have to completely cut off your favourite foods but you should at least include smaller portions and less fat and sugar. It is also a good idea to eat a variety of foods from each food group such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and refrain from eating a lot of red meat and processed meats.
There are many supplements out there in the market that promote a solution to diabetes. But none of them appeal with a certain function which is to prevent fructose from entering your bloodstream.Being the first fructose blocker in the market, ITOH AR Sugabloc is our very own product that is highly recommended in aiding the prevention as well as management of diabetes.
It effectively helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes while reducing health risks such as heart problems, stroke, high cholesterol and fatty liver. It assists in healthy weight management and most importantly, it helps you tackle high fructose content found in most food and prevent it from entering your body.
Making ITOH AR Sugabloc a part of your life can be the first step in combating diabetes. Accompanied with regular exercise, you will be able to experience its maximum effectiveness and achieve better results for your health.
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