The onset of diabetes can be delayed if people are encouraged to take routine blood tests and screenings. Experts say that although diabetes can be genetic also, early detection means it can be staved off.
“Clinical studies have revealed that the onset of diabetes can be significantly delayed if people over the age of 30 undergo routine blood tests and screenings to detect any pre-diabetic symptoms of the disease,” Dr Prakash S. Pania, Specialist Endocrinologist, Aster Jubilee Medical Complex, Bur Dubai, told Khaleej Times.
Cautioning against the reliance on junk food and lack of physical activity, Dr Pania noted, “There are several reasons for the prevalence of diabetes among the Asian expatriates which include bad eating habits, including junk food, busy schedules resulting in stress and sedentary lifestyle. All these things come together resulting in increased energy intake and reduced expenditure of energy. It often leads to obesity which is one of the main reasons for Type 2 diabetes.”
While there is little one can do with genetic predisposition to diabetes, according to healthcare specialists, one can easily undergo lifestyle modification and change his or her diet to fight the disease.
© Khaleej TimesNov 2014