Recently I teamed up with a like-minded people who serve people by organizing a blood donation camp. They started a small foundation known as “We Serve Humanity“, but doing a great deed of creating awareness to donate blood for cancer patients.
During that event, I took part to create awareness among the people who came and wrote a short article to share. The article is short and up to point.
The Awareness Article
Growing up doesn’t mean you will lose energy, strength or health. Heart disease, diabetes or other modern diseases shouldn’t be part of our life.
In the past few decades, the world is going through health crises because of lifestyle changes. Chronic heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, and Type 2 Diabetes are a group of diseases, known as cardiometabolic disease. They are a group of nutrients related or lifestyle disease. The cause for these diseases is poor diet (nutrients matter than the cost of food), lack of exercise, and excess belly fat.
Health statistics (2017):
- 1 in 11 adults has diabetes (425 million) (Worldwide)
- 1 in 2 adults with diabetes is undiagnosed (212 million) (Worldwide)
- India is referred as the capital of diabetes with 82 million diabetes patients.
- 24.8% of all death in India is attributed to Cardiovascular Disease. The risk is high among people ranging 30-69 years.
Worldwide diabetes stats:
1990 – 100 million
2017 – 425 million
2045 – 700 million (Prediction)
These diseases develop slowly over time resulting from diet, lifestyle, habits and the environment. Damages can start right after birth and slowly develop across the course of life. It’s important to take care from an early age to cut the risk.
Different Phase of Health Problem
1st Phase – Healthy
A healthy body can manage many challenges. It adapts and fully recovers from harmful exposures to high salt and others.
2nd Phase – Early Changes
When the body is constantly exposed to risk factors for a longer time, the body no longer adapts, it results in small abnormalities inside.
3rd Phase – Preclinical Phase
There are visible changes in the body such as insulin resistance, low-grade inflammation. Blood pressure and cholesterol slowly goes up.
4th Phase – Hospitalization and Specialist care
When the right measure isn’t taken the damages continues. It can be fatal. Many survive but have to deal with chronic illness rest of their life.
The only solution to stay protected: eat healthy, stay active and maintain a healthy weight.
How To Bring Better Changes?
To reduce the burden of cardiometabolic diseases in our societies, we should not only treat the patient but we should reach people who don’t require medical treatment. We need people’s to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle from early life onward.
Parents and teacher have an important task as a role model. Proper education and establishing good habits at a young age are the basis for making a healthier choice in later life. By making a sensible choice by yourself, you also influence your social community.
How You Can Create A Healthy Environment
A. Creating a Healthy Environment at School
1. Promote health awareness in students so they become health conscious.
2. Teacher and school management can make parents aware to create a healthy environment at home.
B. Creating a Healthy Environment at Home
- Keep track of the children nutrition intake and their weight.
- Be their role model by adopting healthy changes.
- A better future depends on better career and health planning.
- Eat more beans, legumes, whole-grain, vegetables, fruits, dairy products.
- Check labels before buying food.
- Eat a healthy and moderate amount of fat.
- Limit processed food, added sugar and high salt intake.
- Limit food like a soft drink, cake, pastries, chips, pizza, burger, etc.
- 30 minutes per day (walking).
- Increase the fitness regime to 60-90 minutes, to lose weight or improve fitness.
Medication is a good option, but don’t depend on them for the lifetime. Take charge of your health and make the necessary changes as soon as possible. Spread the message as each one’s contribution will help to spread the awareness. Adopt a healthy lifestyle and inspire your family members and friends to do the same.
A healthy future is waiting and you own that change.
Prevention is Better Than Cure and Everyone’s Health is Better Than One.
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