DIABETES AND HEALTHY LIVING – THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BATTLE

image

Few decades ago, I moulded sand castles as kid, rolled abandoned car tyres around street corners, woke up each morning to the crowing of the cock – life was serene and unperturbed.

As the world has evolved and technology has improved, computer games have fast replaced outdoor games; kids now learn even their basic nursery rhymes on ‘iPads’.
Loud zooms of fast-moving cars, blaring of horns, footsteps of workers hurrying out before dawn to beat traffic to work has taken over the function of my alarm clock. Welcome to the 21st century!

The “fast and furious” demands of the 21st century are not without their tolls on our health; recourse to a sedentary lifestyle, increased stress level, on-the-go meals to say the least.

One of the most devastating effects of our new way of life in this century is the increase in the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease of the body’s ability to appropriately utilize sugar, the primary metabolic fuel.

It is a major health concern of the world we live in today, affecting about 400 million people worldwide and accounting for about 5 million deaths annually from its complications which include problems with but not limited to the kidneys (Diabetic nephropathy), eyes (Diabetic retinopathy), nerves (Diabetic neuropathy), poor wound healing, and the heart.

The world’s population has grown from 6.2 billion to about 7 billion in the last decade putting an untold pressure on food production. The resultant effect is production of more processed and synthetic food, making healthy diet more expensive on the average.

Obesity being one of the biggest risk factors of diabetes, hence, healthy diet is of paramount importance. Leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains cereals, lean meat, fish and nuts should be incorporated.

Corporate organisations now carry out much of their work in virtual offices,many staffers of such organisations do a lot of their tasks on the computer than around the office space. “Work” now colloquially refers to sitting behind a desk pressing the computer all day.

Sedentary life style is another big risk factor. Regular exercise is key. Work-out frequently. Why don’t you try walking down the road for ten minutes before calling a cab,when you go to work tomorrow and subsequently.

Take the “#bigbluetest” as often as you can.
We have deadlines to beat and targets to meet daily. We often need ready-made refreshments or other energy source. Take water or unsweetened coffee instead of processed fruit juice or carbonated drinks.

Peanut butter instead of chocolate or jam spread on bread, nuts and freshly-made fruit juice or sugar-free yoghurt for snacks instead of hamburger and ‘coke’.
Avoid simple sugars
Do not skip breakfast; this is associated with weight gain. Rather, go for smaller ration par meal with a healthy breakfast being pivotal. Choose whole grain bread over white bread, brown rice to replace white rice, whole grain pasta instead of processed ones.

The internet has become part of the fabric of our everyday life. Its use elevates dopamine (the juice of addiction) levels just like cocaine does.

We all are guilty as our devices are never really more than one foot away. The wrong use of the social network has made antisocial beings out of us. Before checking what you have missed online, take some aerobics.

More importantly, monitor your weight and blood sugar level from time to time as early diagnosis and prompt management is central to good prognosis. Whether diabetic or pre-diabetic, living healthy in the 21st century,even with its demands on our health is possible, though a difficult battle, its also winnable.

Join an advocacy group to promote awareness through social media. Take a “blue-circle selfie” and tag along your tweets. Let us propagate the message together and we shall stand tall.

The winning Essay written by Omole Temitope @omoleMD

34 thoughts on “DIABETES AND HEALTHY LIVING – THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BATTLE”

  1. Omoele. Mama is proud of this article. I love the progression of your thoughts and how you linked your ideas beautifully. Please don’t write next year so I’d win.

  2. This essay hasn’t only shown depth of knowledge but has also revealed predisposition to and alongside necessary precautions to curtailing the menace of this silent killer disease.
    Tope, more power to your elbow and I also want to commend ngdoc, what a great job you guys are doing.

  3. This is a wonderful piece. I love the blend of words and the “play” especially the introduction paragraph. The message is simple yet striking. Thumbs up Dr Omole!

  4. I’m just so proud of you Tope, this is a lovely article. Can’t stop reading it over and over again. It’s rich content and depth conveys a lot of information, and the structure is wonderful. Keep it up bro, more power to ur elbow. Cheers!

  5. The article is very direct and simple, Tope you have made us proud…. Very brilliant he show say we no waste money #smiles

  6. Your lines of thought are so powerful! Ur style of writing threw me into an imaginative thinking! Welcome on board our 21’st century James Handley chase- omole temitope.

  7. An illumination into the past, the present and an insight into how badly the tide of our health ebbs in the fast lane of our generation. This is Simply a ‘See Caution’……..an advice not to throw caution to the wind.

  8. Good job.
    Thoughtful and well written article.
    Short, descriptive, straight to the point.
    Carries out the vital message
    …………………………… Keep it up

  9. Brilliant write-up, so simple even a market woman can understand yet so detailed, keep up d good work Doc,the woorld is awaiting your exploit

  10. When a contemporary drives you round your town in your own car and puts you in the back-seat, there’s no questioning his understanding of the terrain. Tope, that’s what you’ve done with this compelling exegesis of the 21st century, its carrots and its sticks; and needless to say, the effects wouldn’t be this far-reaching without the masterful lexical weave that crept on in to give this piece its subtle patina of a brilliant finish. So, with my hat off my humbly bowed head, I say “well done my good man; God bless you more!”

  11. What could have been more precise, concise and factual than this piece? Am highly impressed but not surprised as I always respect ur perspective insights. Seeing you at the top already!

  12. You bring reality to the awareness of all of us. You suggested some solutions to some if the problems. PLEASE write a comprehensive article on the way out of this disorder.
    This is a great thought; a useful hint. Thanks
    Raji Olusegun

  13. When a contemporary drives you round your town in your own car and puts you in the back-seat, there’s no questioning his understanding of the terrain. Tope, that’s what you’ve done with this compelling exegesis of the 21st century, its carrots and its sticks; and needless to say, the effects wouldn’t be this far-reaching without the masterful lexical weave that crept on in to give this piece its subtle patina of a brilliant finish. So, with my hat off my humbly bowed head, I say “well done my good man; God bless you more!”

  14. Hey Tope good job! This is really nice, kindda reminds me of those days in sch when I was working on project defence (woked on DM as wel)

    Im proud of you Tope, I look forward to more of this…you can always count on my opinion/comments…

    Wishn God’s best in ur future endeavours. Cheers!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *