Lifestyle habits of youth today

Today, we live in an ever-competitive world, and along with all the responsibilities on each of our shoulders, humans are getting more stressed and anxious with each passing day. Stress is one of the top reasons why people develop this chronic disease. It is true the other way round as well since suffering from a chronic disease for a long period leads to a lot of stress in people. When the body is under stress, the adrenal glands trigger the release of glucose stored in various organs, which often leads to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream.

The partying culture too has shown its effects on the youth of today. There has been an increase in the number of diabetic cases in lower age groups. Now, you must be wondering how partying culture can contribute to the development of diabetes in an individual, right?
Partying involves a lot of liquor and smoking stuff and even drugs too. Alcohol is known to have a lot of calories and when mixed with sugary drinks to enhance the taste, things get even worse. Alcohol also makes your blood sugar level rise to make you vulnerable to diabetes.
A study suggested that smokers are 30 to 40 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than non-smokers. Smoking can also make managing the disease and regulating insulin levels more difficult because high levels of nicotine can lessen the effectiveness of insulin, causing smokers to need more insulin to regulate blood sugar levels.

Looking at it, many alterations need to be made to today’s lifestyle, be it exercising regularly, being physically active, consuming healthy food, or just avoiding addictive habits. It all boils down to how disciplined and motivated you are to save yourself from one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, Diabetes.

Lack of sleep might also trigger the immune system to attack healthy tissues. It’ll lead to a negative impact on chronic inflammation
Sleeping late has almost become a trend. With night shifts and cross-continent work culture, people have to stay up all night which affects their natural sleep cycle badly.
Good sleep lowers the stress levels in the body which becomes important because stress increases blood pressure and heart rate, and can even cause blood sugar to rise.
Irregular sleeping habits have also been linked to a higher blood sugar level and also raise the level of hunger hormones in your body. The more hunger, the more are the chances to approach obesity.
Obesity acts as a catalyst for diabetes, with a lot of fat accumulated around the abdominal region, which makes insulin secretion even more difficult in the case of diabetes.
Good sleep positively affects the cardiovascular system. It maintains an optimal level of blood pressure, thus, keeping heart health in check. Diabetics are prone to cardiovascular ailments, more than normal individuals and hence, it should be taken care of.
A very common thing amongst people today is Junk and processed food. Junk Food is not only high on starchy and refined carbs but lacks essential nutrients also that are important for the body’s functioning. Processed foods are usually excessive in calories, fats, and sugar. Consuming sugar via your meals is one of the simplest approaches to spiking the blood sugar level, and makes matters extra complicated.
In comparison to natural foods, they’re additionally low in vitamins and nutrients. Some of those vitamins and nutrients act as antioxidants that assist the body in protection from diabetes.
Processed food additionally offers a rise in weight gain. When consumed for an extended duration of time, it ends in weight problems which is one of the most prominent reasons for diabetes.
They additionally comprise excessive concentrations of fat, majorly trans fat and saturated fat. This fat, while eating up constantly for an extended duration of time, begins developing a blockage in the arteries. Due to the blockage, blood can’t flow properly, which results in cardiovascular ailments later on.
Processed food also plays with the natural processes in our intestines. It modifies how the microorganism in our intestine lives and behaves, thus leading to incorrect immune system response, leading to chronic inflammation.
Natural foods, on the alternative hand, are wealthy in vitamins and antioxidants. They offer you the proper quantity of energy needed to exercise to preserve your blood sugar level intact.
Since the innovation of social media, and all the other technological advancements, our health has been affected considerably and that too in a negative way.
Unlike earlier times, humans are not as physically active today. We are surrounded by gadgets all around and calling it an addiction won’t be an exaggeration. In addition to that, the pandemic has also forced us to stay indoors and not allow us to continue with our daily physical activities. All of this contributes to food being stored as fats in the body which results in weight gain, and eventually obesity.
Increased weight is one of the most common symptoms in diabetics. Reduced physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle, can lead to the development of diabetes in individuals.
Physical exercise is essential to health and general well-being. Regular physical exercise improves blood glucose control and cardiovascular functioning which serve as a protection for type-2 diabetes.
Exercise also helps in weight loss, which prevents you from obesity. Obesity, as mentioned, is one of the root causes of type-2 diabetes and inflammation. Regular exercise also significantly reduces inflammatory messengers and thus, chronic inflammation.
Physical exercise reduces the amount of harmful LDL cholesterol ( Bad Cholesterol ) and increases healthy HDL cholesterol ( Good cholesterol ) in the body. This helps in improving cardiovascular health in diabetics, as they are more prone to heart diseases than non-diabetics.
Regular exercise also helps in stress management. Stress is a major hindrance when it comes to controlling glucose levels in the blood and with a reduced amount of stress, the glucose levels stay up to the mark.
When our muscles contract and detract during exercise, our cells ask for more glucose than usual and use that glucose for energy.

A major lifestyle habit that is likely to lead to Type-2 diabetes is the sedentary and lazy lifestyle that is becoming more popular amongst the youth today. Since the innovation of social media, and all the other technological advancements, our health has been affected considerably and that too in a negative way.

Looking at it, many alterations need to be made to today’s lifestyle, be it exercising regularly, being physically active, consuming healthy food, or just avoiding addictive habits. It all boils down to how disciplined and motivated you are to save yourself from the most common chronic diseases in the world.

By Anvaya Vyas

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