Can diabetes be controlled by diet planning? Know what experts say

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that 77 million people above the age of 18 in India suffer from diabetes (type 2) and about 25 million are pre-diabetic.

Is unhealthy diet making us a victim of diabetes? learn

According to experts, non-infectious diseases The main reason for this is our changing lifestyle including stress, food and drink. Seeing the increasing cases of such diseases, many corporate companies have come forward to help their employees to fight against these diseases. Global IT company in this Infosys has also joined. The company has a Diabetes Reversal Counseling Center has been opened.

Through this initiative, the company aims to benefit 12,000 people of Nagpur in the next 3 years. Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Trustee, Infosys Foundation, said, “Type 2 diabetes is affecting the lives of thousands of working people. Through this project, we aim to improve the lives of patients by encouraging and enabling minor lifestyle changes.”

Sharing his experience with News9, Dr. Mohit Sharma, Senior Consultant (Internal Medicine) of Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, said that there are many types of obstacles. The causes of this disease are not unknown, but it is difficult to remove them.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that 77 million people above the age of 18 in India suffer from diabetes (type 2) and about 25 million are pre-diabetic. More than 50 percent people are unaware of their disease status, which leads to health complications if not detected.

Dr. Sharma said, “NCD is a global issue. With the changing times there has been an increase in luxury and comfort. Technological advancement has led us towards a comfortable life which ultimately hinders physical activity. We prefer to go in the car even though we can walk. Eating out is another reason. We love food pick-up, delivery and packaged food.”

How can we control diabetes?

Dr. Jayant Thakuria, Senior Consultant and Unit Head of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Accord Super Specialty Hospital, Faridabad, told News9 that type 2 diabetes can be cured with the right diet. He explains, “Most patients keep a gap of 12-14 hours from their last meal to the morning meal. If a person’s hbA1C is between 5.7-6.4 (pre-diabetic), then the sugar level of such a person can be controlled, provided meals are taken at right intervals. There should not be a gap of more than eight hours in food.

Dr Thakuria said, “A diabetic/pre-diabetic is always advised to eat sensibly. He should eat high-protein diet and plenty of vegetables instead of high-carb and fatty foods. Junk and processed food should also be avoided. Sprouts/eggs and apples can be eaten. Breakfast should be heavy, lunch should be taken sparingly. Dinner should be the lightest meal of the day. Snacking should also be avoided in between.

Patients taking the medicine need to keep proper intervals between their meals so that insulin can do its work in the body after eating. According to Dr Thakuria, “Breakfast should be around 8 am, lunch should be around 2 pm and dinner should be around 8-9 pm. People who are not taking medicines should also follow this eating pattern. Eating at irregular times leads to fluctuations in the sugar level which can make a person hypoglycemic.

Even if we develop foolproof medicines that completely cure the disease, it will still take some time for the body to recover. Dr. Sharma said, “It is important to take medicines on time and regularly. One has to go through a process to cure one’s illness. Right medicines at the right time are the key to cure any disease. But another problem can be that patients who have side effects stop the medicine. Many doctors prescribe medicines only after thorough examination and known risks. It is necessary to prescribe medicine on the basis of a person’s health.

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