Posted May 27,2017

WHO POLICES SUGAR?

Author : Ryan Fernandes

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When we reach our mid-40s, the trips to the doctor become more frequent. That’s when our friendly doctor also starts advising us to watch our sugar levels stating else we might risk getting diabetes. So why does he say that and what’s the link between sugar levels and health?

Let’s start with the food we eat. We gorge on savory foods such as sandwiches, pizzas and nachos because of our cravings. But did you know that even these foods have sugar in them? Yes they do! In fact all the food we eat is broken down into sugars in our body. These sugar molecules then enter the blood stream via the small intestine. This is when a telephone call is made to the police station called the Pancreas. The pancreas then sends out a police van when they hear about the havoc created by these sugar molecules.

Insulin, the top ranked police inspector is responsible for bringing law and order in the blood stream. So these guys then carry out a lathi charge and push all the sugar molecules into our cells. Thus reducing the sugar level in our blood stream. After years of fighting, these insulin cops are too fatigued to fight the sugar mob and ultimately stop fighting altogether – leading to a rise in sugar levels in our blood stream.

This condition is termed as Diabetes. Now, diabetes can be of two types: The first is Diabetes Type 1, which is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. This is also known as juvenile diabetes and it is estimated that only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease and is usually genetically inherited. The second is Diabetes Type 2. Type 2 occurs when the body is not able to use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Our daily food habits, genes, hectic work life and lack of exercise play an important role for the occurrence of this type of diabetes. In both the cases, there is overcrowding of sugar in the blood stream leading to little or no supply of sugar to the body cells. Today people at the ages of 23 and 25 have sugar related issues and one of the major reasons is due to the lack of healthy eating habits and exercise. Hence one must focus on these two to prevent diabetes. We need to make a conscious effort to break the monotony of our sedentary lifestyle with habits such as a quick 15 minute walk post lunch, keeping a check on our sugar intake and not always giving in to unhealthy snacks. Thus with some disciple and perseverance, having a healthy system and body is attainable!

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of ITC Limited/Aashirvaad Atta.

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