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Why Nutrition Is So Important with Our Current Lifestyle?

Updated: May 9, 2023


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1. Since 1999 onwards Indians have started gaining weight due to urbanization. The booming of modern technologies and an internet has started turning people lazy and stagnant. We started relying on processed foods that contains a huge amount of trans-fat, processed sugars, and other unhealthy and artificial ingredients which is leading cause of current over weight and obesity issues. We completely forgot about our traditional nutrition food.


2. A determination to adhere to a low-calorie diet is the basic requirement before starting any reducing programme; no magic pill or food can replace this. Only a mentally well-adjusted individual can succeed in losing weight, for diet and exercise must be pursued with devout zeal.


3. India is the third most obese country in the world with highest number of obese people. Obesity also increases the risk of diabetes, blood pressure, heart diseases, and strokes.


4. The latest global announcements on diabetes, which is released by the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), has raised a serious alarm for India by announcing that nearly above 50% of Indians aren't aware that they are suffering with high blood sugar levels. There is a huge possibility that by 2030, India's diabetes numbers are expected to cross the 100 million marks. All the studies has suggested that proper diet and weight reduction through the physical exercise can prevent or cure diabetes, whatever the initial BMI.


5. Many lifestyle and diet changes help to control several CHD risks factors also. For example, exercise may help to control diabetes, prediabetes lowers your blood pressure, reduce stress, and control your weight. Anyways healthy diet therapy should be the first step in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. A six-month trial of two diets – one low in fat and high in carbohydrate with fibre – and the other low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fat – on people with hyper lipidaemia reduced high blood cholesterol.


6. Even in healthy persons, weight loss and salt decrease lower blood pressure. Even before losing weight, calorie or salt restriction lowers blood pressure. Obesity prevention can help to prevent high blood pressure.


7. Obesity also increases the risk of osteoarthritis. Diet helps a lot in managing osteoarthritis by bringing your weight to ideal body weight to reduce excessive weight on joints. A low purine, low protein diet with liberal fluid helps to manage gout.


8. The study revealed that 69% of Indians are vitamin D deficient, and 15% have insufficient Vitamin D. People's fast-paced, stressed-out lifestyles have contributed to this. With extended work hours and little or no time for outdoor activities, an increasing number of individuals are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D-rich foods such as egg yolk, milk, and butter help to satisfy the daily need of vitamin D. However, because these foods are high in fat, consult a qualified dietitian or functional medicine doctor before consuming them.


9. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that is necessary for optimum hemopoietic, neuro-cognitive, and cardiovascular function. Patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus have been found to have biochemical and  vitamin B12 deficiency. It manifests clinically as poor memory, dementia, delirium, peripheral neuropathy, subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord, megaloblastic anaemia, and pancytopenia*. This insufficiency may be corrected by increasing your intake of milk, cheese, eggs, and other dairy products. However, because these foods are high in fat, always consult a qualified dietitian before consuming them.


10. New studies suggests that mothers who eat high-fat, high-sugar diets can predispose multiple generations to metabolic problems, even if their offspring consume healthy diets. So, lifestyle modification including diet is most important for healthy future.


Consult Dr. Priti Nanda Sibal


References:

*Davis Kibirige and Raymond Mwebaze. Vitamin B12 deficiency among patients with diabetes mellitus: Is routine screening and supplementation justified? Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders May 2013;12(1):17. DOI:10.1186/2251-6581-12-17.




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