Healthy Lifestyle Key To Beating Diabetes

Healthy Lifestyle Key To Beating Diabetes

A number of organisations and corporations in Qatar yesterday marked the World Diabetes Day being observed across the world. The theme for this year is how to prevent diabetes by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), many activities have been lined up until November 20 to raise awareness about the medical condition. An awareness camp, opened by HMC Internal Medicine deputy head Dr Muna al-Maslamani and Diabetes and Endocrine section head Dr Mahmoud Zirie, was set up at the Hamad Hospitals Outpatient department entrance to educate visitors and patients about diabetes. The camp, which will remain open today between 8am and 11am, is offering a free diabetes checkup for the public. A nutritionist is also present to advise people on proper diets that a diabetic patient should maintain and foods that can help prevent the disease. There is also a specialist to advise diabetics how they can keep their feet healthy. Informative brochures on how people can live with the disease and ways to prevent obesity and diabetes in children are also available at the booth. Also, a symposium was held yesterday aimed at updating healthcare professionals caring for people with diabetes. RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) meanwhile began its first-ever Healthy Food Week yesterday by raising awareness on healthy food habits at the companys restaurant and canteens, which served special menus to encourage healthier diets.  Healthy Food Week is part of RasGas on-going Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. RasGas has also dedicated 2012 as its Year of Health to provide targeted and sustained support to health-related initiatives. Throughout the year, the company will continue to develop initiatives aimed at raising awareness on the importance of leading an active lifestyle, nutrition and promote activities both with its employees and the local community. Also yesterday, the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) and Sanofi launched My Diabetes Story Community – the first online community for people with the disease in Qatar. The initiative being led by QDA and supported by Sanofi, is one of the outcomes of My Diabetes Story programme that aims to provide meaningful support and advice through patient-to-patient communication. The community is also endorsed by leading diabetes associations across the Middle East. The My Diabetes Story Community is a closed network for patients only and aims to provide patient-to-patient support and advice. It is a secure forum that provides a platform for 16% of the population in Qatar who live with diabetes to reach out to others in similar circumstances. In the forum, they will be able to discuss the issues that matter the most to them and share tips and recommendations on how to live successfully with their condition. Across the region, various diabetes societies and patient groups have joined together to manage the community.  QDA executive director Dr Abdullah al-Hamaq said: Diabetes is not just an illness, it becomes a lifestyle and most patients feel restricted by it. Many of my patients feel alone in their situation, until they realise that they are not. While diabetes can affect each patient differently, we believe that by bringing them together they will have the opportunity to draw strength from each other and find comfort, knowing there are others who face the same challenges and have overcome them. The gatekeepers of the community are six My Diabetes Story Ambassadors who represent different countries across the region. Mohamed Khalid al-Saadi, the Qatari My Diabetes Story Ambassador, has lived with diabetes since he was five and believes that through his experiences he can inspire and help others come to terms with their condition and leadHealthy Lifestyle fulfilling lives with diabetes. He said: The My Diabetes Story Community is more than a network for diabetics to meet. It is a safe haven, where they dont have to feel uncomfortable talking about their challenges or even share the small victories they achieve in their daily lives. Aside from that as an ambassador, I can now reach out to more people and provide them with support and lessons I have learnt through my life, basically be their shoulder to lean on. The community, which members can join by invitation only, acts as an open forum. Once members join, they can engage in conversation related to hot topics, pose questions, post news articles, images or videos and even build friend groups. At Sanofi we care about the individuals who live with diabetes and have made it our duty to support them by responding to their needs, beyond medication and therapies. There is a lot of focus on diabetes on the whole but the voice of patients needs to play a more prominent role in diabetes management and control. Patient-to-patient communication is a powerful tool when it comes to educating and informing people about diabetes and that is what the My Diabetes Story Community was built upon, Sanofi general manager Ayman Mokhtar said.

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6 Responses to “Healthy Lifestyle Key To Beating Diabetes”

  1. How Do You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle? Please comment on your suggestions to maintain a healthy lifestyle, add any concerns or issues you have concerning you’re healt, and i’ll be happy to educate you further.

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      I eat healthy – vegetables, fruit, lots of water, minimal sugar consumption, etc.
      I don’t smoke.
      I don’t drink in excess.
      I don’t do drugs.
      I exercise at least twice a week.
      I try to get enough sleep every night (minimum of 7 hours).

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  2. How Do You Stay Commited To Your Healthy Lifestyle? I’m trying have a healthy lifestyle and lose weight but i’m finding it hard to commit.

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      Are you sure you want to lose weight? If this a true desire, give it two weeks, and then asses how you feel. If you are eating healthy and exercises you will feel the difference, then if you go back to living unhealthfully you will be able to tell the change in how you feel, then you should be able to make an easy desicion.

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  3. Is Dairy An Important Part Of A Healthy Lifestyle? I consume 3 servings of dairy in the first half of my day, and none later on. Is dairy important to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

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      Calcium, not dairy specifically, is what’s important to a healthy lifestyle. Many other things have calcium like broccoli, nuts, fish, water, etc. The amounts are smaller though so you’d have to consume a lot more of them to get the calcium that you need, which is why people find it easier to get it through dairy. Our bodies don’t actually absorb all the calcium from dairy products very well because of the fat in them; that is why “western” societies actually have the highest rates of osteoperosis, where countries that don’t consume dairy products at all but get calcium from other sources, actually have stronger bones and very low rates of this disease.

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