More than 2.28-million cases of diabetes were reported in South Africa in 2015 alone. Appropriate then, that this year’s World Health Day, held globally on 7 April, will focus on prevention and management of diabetes.
“The most prevalent form of diabetes is Type 2, a largely preventable and certainly manageable disease,” says resident nutritionist at Adventure Boot Camp, Kim Hofmann. “Key factors in both the prevention and management of diabetes are weight management, diet and exercise – the three go hand in hand.”
According to a World Health Organisation report on diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa, women are the most at-risk group in South Africa. Reduced physical activity and the high-fat, high-sugar diet that accompanies a sedentary urban lifestyle being the main driver behind the sharp increase.
“Exercise really is about a long-term investment in your own health,” says Hofmann. “Besides contributing to weight loss and overall sense of wellbeing, you’ll save thousands on medical bills spent on lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.”
Why exercise beats popping a pill:
- Avoid diabetes – get active: It might feel like the time of year to pull up your socks and sit on the couch, but inactivity is a key contributor to the development of diabetes. Braving the chill to exercise outdoors is actually more effective than working out in summer. Your body burns more calories and produces more endorphins (those hormones that reduce stress and improve mood) when required to maintain core body temperature in the crisp outdoors.
- Manage your blood sugar levels: While diet is key to diabetes prevention and management; regular physical activity and the prevention of obesity has the biggest impact. Fad diets and fitness bursts are not the way to go – what our bodies really need is consistency. Exercise promotes glucose uptake through non-insulin mechanisms and helps to control blood sugar levels directly, with the effects lasting between 12 and 24 hours. Regular exercise also boosts insulin sensitivity and helps maintain a healthy blood sugar level in the long term.
- Mind over matter: There is greater camaraderie, accountability, motivation and safety when you work out in a group. If you are exercising to manage an existing diabetic condition, there are people to help you monitor your blood sugar levels and assist you if your levels drop too low.
With over 50 available Adventure Boot Camp locations across the country, choose between four, 12 or 20 sessions (an average of one, three or five days a week). Camps take place over four weeks for one hour in the morning or evening. Visit www.AdventureBootCamp.co.za to find a suitable location and class.
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Managing Director: Danica Bloomberg
Resident nutritionist: Kim Hofmann