Valuable tips on avoiding diabetes

2014-07-08 00:00

KANCHANA Moodliar’s I say NO to diabetes! is an easy-to-read, light-hearted guide on how to keep Type 2 Diabetes at bay.

Moodliar is an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker whose passion for inspiring and empowering people earned her a place on the 2012 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African’s & The 2013 House & Leisure Top 50 Rising Stars lists. She has co-authored You can be sugar free – Indians vs Diabetes with Dr Colette Kell.

There are five main causes of Diabetes and while many people think it’s all a question of genetics only, other factors play a role, including lack of exercise, stress and poor diet, she says. So, while you may be predisposed, you are not predestined to getting Diabetes.

Moodliar advocates adopting a healthy lifestyle. “Self care is the only way to ensure that you remain healthier for longer,” she says.

“While you may get a treatment plan from your doctor or nutritionist, you have to put that plan in place to reap the benefits.”

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and as children have started eating fast foods earlier in life and exercising much less than their predecessors, they are also at risk earlier on in life.

In I say NO to Diabetes! you will find information on the five main causes of Type 2 Diabetes, some easy tips to adopt, a beginner’s yoga guide, recipes and even certain food brands that can help you, all delivered in a fun, uncomplicated manner.

To take it a step further, there is even a meal planner. Deena Naidoo, winner of Masterchef 2012, has come up with the recipes.

The Witness is giving away 50 copies of I say NO to diabetes!.

To WIN a copy, simply SMS “WITNESS I SAY NO” to 32697 followed by your name and surname.

The Witness staff and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

The competition closes on Friday, July 11.

Winners will be announced in The Witness on Monday, July 14.

SMSes are charged at R1,50.

The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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