April 7, 2016, is World Health Day – a global event focusing on beating #diabetes, a disease affecting 422 million people, according the World Health Organization (WHO). While the dramatic increase in diabetes cases around the globe is alarming, simple lifestyle changes can be very effective in preventing the onset of diabetes.
The dangers of diabetes
The number of people suffering from diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980, with 1.5 million (1) deaths attributed to the chronic disease in 2012 alone. Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of this quickly expanding disease are essential to controlling its spread among both adults and children, particularly in low and middle income countries. Poor eating and drinking habits and insufficient exercise lead to higher-than-optimal blood glucose (hyperglycemia), the major cause of Type-2 diabetes, which occurs when the body can't effectively use the insulin it produces. The consequences can be dramatic: blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, heart disease and stroke.
Healthy hydration as part of healthy lifestyle
Simple lifestyle changes can be very effective in preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes and its complications. Managing weight through diet and exercise – reducing excess fat and sugar intake through a balance diet, and 30 minutes of physical activity a day – is important to stay healthy.
Water is at the core of a healthy diet, and plays an important role as what we drink is as important as what we eat. Indeed, as it is a 100% free of sugar and calories, water should be the first choice for daily hydration. Drinking about 1.5 liters of water* per day is a healthy drinking habit to be adopted by everyone.
*For a healthy sedentary adult living in a temperate climate