Exploring the link between lifestyle choices and Type 2 Diabetes in young adults

27 November,2023 10:45 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

The rise in Type 2 Diabetes among young adults is a wake-up call to reassess our lifestyles. Small, consistent changes in our daily habits can be the bulwark against this silent epidemic

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In an alarming revelation, recent studies highlight that one in four young adults is grappling with Type 2 Diabetes, shedding light on the profound impact of lifestyle choices on our health. The choices we make today can significantly escalate the risk of this chronic condition, further leading to severe complications that demand our attention.

The journey towards Type 2 Diabetes often begins with seemingly innocuous decisions - a diet rich in processed foods, sedentary habits, and a lack of physical activity. These choices trigger a domino effect, that leads to weight gain and insulin resistance. Fast-paced lives, coupled with excessive screen time and poor sleep patterns, further exacerbate the problem. The consequence they face is a higher susceptibility to Type 2 Diabetes says Dr Shyam Sundar C M, consultant - endocrinology and diabetology, SPARSH Hospital, Bangalore.

The moment one is exposed to Type 2 diabetes, it brings a lot of complications along with it.

1. As blood sugar levels elevate cardiovascular issues loom large; and contribute to the hardening of arteries.

2. Kidney problems become a pressing concern, with diabetes emerging as a leading cause of renal failure.

3. Nerve damage, vision impairment, and an increased risk of infections also add to the intricate web of complications.

It's never too late to make productive changes. It is important to adopt certain healthy lifestyle choices like:

1. Adopting a balanced and nutritious diet, infused with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can be a game-changer.

2. Regular physical activity helps in weight management and improves insulin sensitivity.

3. Cutting off unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption contributes to overall well-being.

For people who are on the edge of Type 2 Diabetes, it is crucial to keep a few things in mind:

1. Constant monitoring of blood sugar levels becomes of utmost importance.

2. Regular check-ups with healthcare professionals enable early detection and intervention.

3. Engaging in stress-reducing activities, such as mindfulness and meditation, aids in maintaining optimal mental and physical health.

The rise in Type 2 Diabetes among young adults is a wake-up call to reassess our lifestyles. Small, consistent changes in our daily habits can be the bulwark against this silent epidemic. By making informed choices today, we pave the way for a healthier tomorrow, free from the shackles of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications says Dr Shyam.

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