Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Being Engaged: Good for Diabetics

Staying physically engaged is good for everyone in today’s world, especially for people with diabetes. Activity makes insulin in the body work harder and faster, which means you may need less insulin or diabetes pills to control your Diabetes. Moderate activity lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and may reduce the risk for Colon Cancer (Cancer in Colon, Rectum or Appendix). It can also control and improve your blood fat levels, reduce your body fat and help you lose weight.

Staying active also keeps your joints, muscles and bones healthy and strong. It helps in increasing your energy; reduce depression, anxiety, and stress; and affects your mood as well. In short, being active helps you have a longer, happier and a healthier life.

So all you require is to get up on your feet and move around which makes you use energy two to three times more than when you are seated.

Activities you can start up with

· Get up to change TV channels instead of using a remote control
· Iron your clothes while watching TV
· Walk around your house during TV commercials
· Wash dishes, load the dishwasher, or load the clothes in Washing Machine or dryer during commercials
· Mop the kitchen floor
· Vacuum the living room
· Sweep your sidewalk
· Wash and polish your car
· Use a rake instead of a leaf blower
· Use a push lawn mower instead of an electric one
· Plant and maintain a garden
· Walk your pet
· Push your baby in a stroller
· Play actively with children
· Volunteer to work for a school or hospital or do some social work which includes any physical activity
· Walk to the subway or bus stop
· Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
· Stand or walk around while you’re on the phone
· Walk during your break, while the oven is preheating, or while waiting for your turn at some place
· Run errands that require walking, such as grocery shopping
· Park your car farther away from your destination
· Take a walk with someone you want to talk with

Consult your doctor before increasing your level of physical activity. If you have not been active lately, start with just 5 to 10 minutes of an activity and work up to longer or harder activity sessions.

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