Tuesday, 15 May 2012

10 easy tips for maintaining a healthy weight

Maintaining a healthy body weight is important for your overall health. It helps prevent many disease conditions that are related to overweight and obesity.

Keeping your body weight within the healthy range is not a difficult task.

Here are 10 easy tips to maintain your body weight within the normal range.

  1. Do enough exercise. Doing adequate amounts of physical activity helps keep your body fit and slim. Walking is a good exercise that everybody can do. Brisk walking is good for your heart too.

  2. Keep sugar and sweets away from you. They are the main cause of excessive weight gain in majority of people, particularly in children.

  3. Eat whole grain products. Wholemeal bread and breakfast cereals are good for your health.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Obesity and diabetes

Key facts:

  • The correlation between obesity and diabetes is well established.
  • Obesity and overweight are the leading causes of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes are 2 major health problems in the world.
  • Increased body weight elevates the risk of developing diabetes by more than ten times.
  • Losing weight is a cornerstone of diabetes management.

How does obesity cause diabetes?

It has been firmly established that increased body weight promotes insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that regulates glucose levels in the blood.

Insulin resistance means; the body is poorly respond to the actions of insulin. The result is elevated blood sugar level. Increased amounts of glucose in the blood is called diabetes.