Being one of the most common ones that you find around you, diabetes is a disease that is highly linked to our lifestyle and hence tells us what needs to be modified in our daily routines if we don’t want to spend the rest of our lives being conscious about every dessert that is served to you in daawats when you cannot even say no (ethics has nothing to do with it, your own craving is the culprit). For those of you who still don’t have a clear understanding of what this disease actually does, let us take a moment here and explain that diabetes is the inability of your body producing the sugar-controlling hormone known as insulin, as a result of which the glucose levels in your bloodstream rise and fall abnormally.
How can my lifestyle be a contributor?
So, we do understand that it’s not only genetic factors that put you at risk for diabetes, rather lifestyle plays a crucial role as well: the question remains ‘how’? Your diet is the number one culprit behind putting you in a vulnerable state, especially if you are habitual of consuming way too many carbs and that too, high in starch, for example pasta and white bread. If you take too much of sugary drinks with every meal, that too is putting you at risk. The young generation today carries a lot traits that make it easier for them to get diabetes, this includes eating after midnight and constantly binging on junk food, skipping your breakfast (which is more of a fashion now, more of a trend rather than a choice) and emotional eating. Now if you have heard of the term emotional eating but aren’t quite sure of what it is referring to, it means eating in accordance with your emotions rather than hunger. Feeling depressed? Grab that tub of ice cream or grab a juicy burger to get your mind off things. Not only does this make you gain weight but also presents you with tons of unneeded carbs and sugars, because we go for comfort foods such as chocolate cake, pudding, pizza and ice cream when we aren’t in the best of moods, we would never pick brown rice with boiled vegetables!
The psychological toll
Does diabetes take a mental toll on you? The answer is yes. There are pretty high chances of you becoming depressed and anxious while managing your diabetes because nobody said it was easy! One of the most challenging thing for us is controlling that sweet tooth of ours and on top of that: managing all that medication with insulin dosage, it can be super stressful for many. At times, diabetes may come along with other health complications and this would be an added pressure for those battling with depression. In the longer run, if your depression goes untreated, you are less likely to take good care of yourself with regard to your diabetes. Considering the bidirectional theory, depression itself can be a leading cause of diabetes itself if you are unable to monitor your diet and physical activity; drugs, smoking, lack of sleep and weight gain can be huge contributors.
What can be done?
No matter where you stand on the journey, it’s never to late to reach out for help and change things if your own will stands strong. Are you battling depression on your own? Reach out to a therapist nearby, talk things out or get prescribed medication that can help. Want to modify your diet and need to know where to start with the exercise? Team Nutright is at your service to be your personal consultant. Visit our website www.nutright.com and write to us, or download the Nutright app available on the App Store and Play Store.