Diabetes is a problem for both poor and rich people. Here are some suggestions to control it

diabetes for rich and poor

For many years diabetes was considered to be a disease only for the rich since they are the ones that are often got the disease.  They are the ones that can afford most of the luxury thus, it is considered a luxury disease.  They can buy almost anything that they want thus, they can buy the sweets and any food that they want.  However, because of this, they have been expose to too much sugar and that is their downfall. Diabetes was never part of any development programme, nor was it given much attention by governments or healthcare providers in developing countries.

In China and other third world country, it is almost impossible to find people with diabetes since they are too poor to afford anything thus they are just concerned with what food to eat that day. In countries like Kenya, the risk of getting diabetes was so low since most of the people there can’t afford most of the sugar to make their food a little sweeter. Sugar was not even considered a necessary for them. Until recently, diabetes was not considered an important public health concern by any international development organization, bank, or national government, and often not even by medical experts. Most support for healthcare in poorer countries focused on malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis, or acute outbreaks of disease.

However, in recent years the situation has change and even the poor are so fond of in taking sugar that the diabetes problem become out of control. Today it is known that out of 400 million people with diabetes worldwide, over 300 million live in developing countries. By 2035, or even before, these numbers will have gone up by at least another 100 million – if the necessary action is not taken.

What makes this important?

The fact that diabetes is a great problem among the poor makes it too hard to control since they are the ones that needed the most medication and yet, they can’t afford it.  Instead of medication, they would just use the money to buy their food. If they aren’t able to afford the best care then they would suffer and need to deal with the complications of diabetes which are Today it is known that out of 400 million people with diabetes worldwide, over 300 million live in developing countries. By 2035, or even before, these numbers will have gone up by at least another 100 million – if the necessary action is not taken.  Care is too costly for the poor and this has been lifetime battle for diabetes for them.

It is important to change your lifestyle to be able to control diabetes.  Here are suggestions that you could do to be able to control diabetes.

5 Lifestyle changes to control

  1. Watch out for those sugar. – Cutting out sugar from coffee or stopping snacking on cakes and sweets may not be enough to have a preventative effect or to manage blood sugar. Look carefully at labels when filling your shopping cart and cooking, and keep an eye on salt intake, which should not exceed 5 grams per day.
  2. Have a walk after meal – If you can’t afford to go to the gym then just do the next best thing. Make sure that you do a 10 minute walk after a meal daily.
  3. Don’t forget antioxidant foods – Food rich on antioxidant can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Examples of antioxidant food are dark chocolate, tea, walnuts, blueberries, strawberries and hazelnuts, as well as colored vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, sweet potato) and leafy vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, spinach).
  1. Don’t’ forget to have a work out at least three times a week – It is not important on what particular exercise you do, as long as you are sweating then that would do. It can be cycling, running or brisk walking, practicing an endurance.
  2. No to smoking – Exercise is not enough if you are always smoking. Try to have a clean lifestyle and you would surely be able to control diabetes.

Sources: Inquirer, Eye Witness News