Very often, you comes across people who suffer diabetes and you want to know what diabetes is and what are the symptoms? Diabetes mellitus as the doctors refer to it, is a group of metabolic disease in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar) either due to insulin production which is insufficient or because the body’s cells do not react properly to insulin or both.

Symptoms of diabetes– Increase in high blood sugar produces symptoms of frequent urination (polyuria), increased thirst (polydipsia) and increased hunger (polyphagia). If the diabetes is not treated then it could create acute complications like diabetic ketoacidosis and nonketotic hyperosmolar coma. Complications in the long-run, which is serious, include heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, foot ulcers and damage to the eyes. Diabetes usually occurs because the pancreas does not produce required insulin, or the cells of the body do not react adequately to the insulin produced.

Junk Food – The spread of Western-style food and the diabetes epidemic has raised

questions about public health, like, do such foods contribute to cardio-metabolic diseases especially in Asia?

Obesity, insulin resistance and increase in blood pressure, caused due to fast foods that have unhealthy fats, salts and sugar. They are high in calories, which increases overeating and excess calorie intake.

People in Asia are undergoing progressive economic and social change which has resulted in a change in dietary and lifestyle habits. 

White Rice – There are differences in processing and nutrients of brown rice and white rice and, therefore, have different effects on type 2 diabetes. Carbohydrate intake should be from grains rather than refined grains so that one can prevent type 2 diabetes.

Sauces and Syrups, Pickles and Bakery Items– With urbanization and wealth in Asian countries there has been a change in the food landscape. Globalization has increased in large multinational supermarkets that are replacing fresh food markets and farms which are in turn increasing access to the processed and packaged foods and sugary beverages.

Consumers and as a family, should be aware of healthy and more informed food choices which are important as people are shifting towards convenience foods.

To conclude, one should remember to avoid these 5 foods in order to have a healthy lifestyle and prevent diabetes in the family.

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