Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of diabetes, new WHO report

New Delhi: Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO), International Diabetes Federation and University of New Castle have reported that quitting smoking can reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes by 30-40 percent. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 537 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and this number is increasing. Diabetes is the 9th leading cause of death worldwide.

Smoking affects our body’s ability to control blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. WHO said in a statement that smoking can increase problems caused by diabetes such as heart disease, loss of eyesight, kidney failure or slow wound healing. Problems caused by smoking also include the risk of losing a leg. In such a situation, it is important to know that smoking increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, which indicates a serious condition. The trend of smoking is spreading very fast among the youth. Therefore, it is important to spread awareness among people to quit smoking.

95 percent of all cases of diabetes are type-2 diabetes. Type-2 diabetes can be prevented. There are many factors like overweight, high cholesterol, inactive lifestyle, genetics, which increase the risk of diabetes. But the risk of diabetes can be reduced by making changes in lifestyle. Let us know what other things can be kept in mind to avoid diabetes.

Exercise – This is not only important for preventing diabetes, but it is also beneficial for your overall health. Therefore, exercise for 30-40 minutes daily. This will not increase the amount of fat in your body. Aerobic exercise Exercises such as strength training are helpful in preventing diabetes. Therefore include these in your fitness routine.

Healthy Diet- You already know that your eating habits affect your health. Therefore, include green vegetables, fruits, fish etc. in your diet. Additionally, eating foods rich in fat increases your weight, which increases the risk of diabetes. Therefore, do not include oily or ultra processed foods in your diet.

Lose weight – Being overweight increases the risk of diabetes. Therefore it is very important to have a healthy weight. Exercise and healthy diet can help you with this. However, do not follow any diet for weight loss without consulting your doctor.

Eat less sugar- Reduce the amount of sugar in your food and drinks. Eating too much sugar increases your blood sugar levels, increasing your risk of diabetes. Therefore, eat less sweet beverages, cakes etc. Choose a healthy option instead.

Manage stress- Stress can cause many problems like overeating, high BP, inactive lifestyle etc. All these increase the risk of diabetes. So learn stress management.

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