Diabetes can no longer be called a disease as it has become a very common life condition. There are several misconceptions that are associated with the hormone disorder. Studies have shown that Asians, particularly South Asians, are more likely to fall prey to the disorder. According to WHO data, around 350 million people are currently living with diabetes globally. It has also been recorded that China is considered the World’s diabetes capital with around 109 million diabetic people which accounts for 10% of their population. In India, around 69 million people, that is 9% of the entire population, are living with diabetes.
Staying slim or being lean does not mean that you are not prone to the disorder. It is belly fat, also known as visceral fat, as well as fat accumulated around the liver that puts a person at risk of this . which is why a nutritionist always measures our waist.
Waist measurement is done to keep a check on abdominal fat which directly relates to diabetes. People who have more fat accumulated around their waist are at higher risk of developing the disorder at some point in their life.
The visceral fat makes the tissue unable to utilise the insulin ( insulin regulates blood sugar level) and as a result glucose builds up in the body which results in Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes may also occur as a result of genetic history, smoking, drinking and an unhealthy life style.
There is also another misconception that only sugar triggers diabetes. But it is not the only cause of high glucose level. Starch also increases the glucose level. So people who eat a whole lot of vegetables and fruit and continue eating white rice (which is the most common food in Asia) will still be at risk of developing diabetes. Nutritionists advise diabetic patients to eat brown rice.
Besides exercising to maintain a good shape, one should follow a proper diet and exercise to stay away from the risk of diabetes.