Our way of life is basically lifestyle. It comprises of what we eat, what we do daily in our lives, what we wear and everything in our daily lives.
Lifestyle diseases have recently risen in the past years. In this article we are focusing on stress, diabetes, obesity and hypertension as lifestyle diseases for 2020 quarantine period.
It results from having psychological worries when you have too much to think about in life. The global pandemic of covid-19 has rendered most of the private sectors and self employed individuals jobless since most companies have closed down forcing its employees pack and go home. Most people were not psychologically prepared and this quarantine season a lot of money is needed for buying household goods for daily consumption to the day that nobody knows till when to sustain their families. Stressful moments may happen during this time. However it is wise not to put so much weight in your mind. Stress results to other diseases like hypertension and ulcers. Try and share what aches your mind with the closest family members.
There are two types of diabetes, diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus. The most common type of diabetes is diabetes mellitus which results from lack of insulin that regulates body sugars leading to high sugar levels in the blood.
As a lifestyle disease it comes when too much fat is concentrated on the pancreas, putting too much pressure on it and covering its ducts/islets of langerhans with fat hence unable to secrete insulin.
This quarantine season there is much more of eating than playing and working. Too much fatty foods such as meat, deep fried foods (mandazi,samosas,kaimati etc), and too much sugar is stored as fats in our bodies and thus should be eaten in lower or enough quantities.
This is a lifestyle disease that results from eating too much thus gaining a lot of weight than your BMI (body mass index). The BMI measures if you are too heavy when compared to your weight and height.
Obesity comes from eating too much fatty and oily foods, junky foods and lack of exercise. This quarantine season its best we watch what we eat and choose to eat healthy foods. Eating more fruits and vegetables as well as balanced diet with less starchy foods could be a way to reduce obesity.
This quarantine season if you find some fruits, make sure you eat enough fruits to boost your immune system.
Even though at times hypertension can be inherited, it can be a life style disease. This is a lifestyle disease that could result from stress, and obesity and could lead to heart disease if not well managed.
As a lifestyle disease, hypertension results when too much fat is deposited around the heart and the heart vessels thus making the heart overwork/ use a lot of energy during pumping the blood to the body parts. Frequent exercising can reduce the risk of hypertension.
Here are some tips and ideas to reduce lifestyle diseases during your quarantine. Just pick any of the three to spice up your days.
Downloading the exercising app from play store or apple store.
Most exercising apps have the 30 day challenge and by exercising you keep fit and decrease, the chances of ailing any of the above lifestyle disease.
Mostly I use the 30 day butt and leg workout with the loose belly fat exercising apps. My favorite is the leg and butt workout for both men and women who come in levels of level 1 which is the simplest, level 2, a bit harder and level 3 as the hardest. This is a good way to challenge you while activating the glutes and cardiac muscles.
1. Making vegetable smoothie from carrots or vegetables of your choice.
2. Answering puzzles from apps this is a good game to work your brains and keep yourself busy during this period.
3. Skipping ropes. Skipping rope is another way of exercising; it activates your cardiac muscles
4. Playing video games with your son and daughter and beat each other scores.