Exercise combined with a healthy lifestyle can benefit people’s overall health
Endocrinology experts assure that leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising reduces the possibility of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%..
During the presentation of ‘Managing Diabetes Today’ held in Barcelona within the framework of the 49th Annual Meeting of the Association European Study of Diabetes (EASD), cardiologist Mark Kearney; the Head of Diabetes Research at Aston University (Birmingham), Cliff Bailey; and the Canadian scientist Bernard Zinman have explained the need to change habits to prevent this pathology.
Type 2 diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood, due to a resistance to the actions of insulin, it is chronic and generally attacks people over 65 years of age, however children and younger people They are not exempt from suffering it.
It must be differentiated from type 1 diabetes, since this is an autoimmune disease characterized by a selective destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas and which generally occurs before the age of 30.
n the world there are a total of 347 million people who suffer from this type of disease and 90% of them have the most serious variant of diabetes, which is type 2.
On the incense growth curve of this disease, that the Bernard Zinman has classified as an “epidemic”, experts have called for the adoption of healthy lifestyles as a first step to prevent the pathology and to reduce it in those people who currently suffer from it.
“Exercise is a way to prevent. When you exercise for a short period of time, 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week, with a moderate pulse, 58% of diabetes is prevented; we know that”, Zinman said.
The Canadian scientist has pointed out that the problem is, many times, the lack of knowledge of the disease and the wrong habits that are practiced to prevent it. “Many people stop consuming sugar and do not know that sugar is not the enemy, it is the large portions of food that we consume, not just sugar, and that is where the problem lies.”
For his part, Dr. Mark Kearney has made it clear that it is a disease that also affects the heart.
“Having a balanced diet, not eating mountains of food and losing weight (those who need it) is the best for the heart and for prevention, the problem is that many times you do not have the time, because it is easier to drive to work to walk, “said Kearney.
Zinman and Kearney have agreed on the need for governments to “get involved” in the prevention process together with the large food chains, to teach the population what they are consuming, be it a 600 calorie hamburger or a 500 soft drink, the important thing is that the “person decides” and is “able to inform” what they are about to consume.