NCD’s is a phrase so commonly used here in Fiji, but do we really know what it means? NCD stands for a Non-Communicable Disease such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and lung disease to name a few.
Fiji is stricken with one NCD in particular that is taking the lives of hundreds of people each year and costing the country millions in treatment and something that we could help to prevent, which is diabetes.
Although the causes of NCD’s is a combination of genetic, physiological and environmental factors, behaviours also play a big part especially if the individual is prone to inactivity, smoking, a poor diet or excessive alcohol consumption.
A big issue in Fiji right now is Type II Diabetes, a condition whereby the pancreas becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and slowly reduces the ability to create insulin. Type II diabetes can be prevented if we manage our diet and the amount of physical activity that we do.
A lot of people are oblivious to the fact that they are actually in the pre-diabetic stage whereby their blood sugar level is on the brink of diabetes. This is a massive warning sign and an indicator that it’s time to wake up and shake up your habits, by eating smaller and healthier portions and moving more.
In the same way you prevent getting hit by a car, by crossing the road safely and avoiding the risks, in order to prevent NCD’s you need to look at ways in which you can also reduce these risk factors. This can be something as simple as:
- Taking the stairs instead of the lifts
- Engaging in a team activity or signing up to your local gym
- Walking to work every other day instead of driving
- Ensuring you limit the amount of alcohol you consume
- Reduce the amount of fast food you intake and replace for fresh vegetables and lean meat
- Take a piece of fruit with you for lunch every day and reduce the amount of artificial sugars youconsume
- Increase the amount of fibre in your diet which will increase the amount of glucose (sugar) that isabsorbed, such as beans, lentils, bananas, avocados, wholewheat pasta and oatmeal
- Ensure you get enough sleep, preferably 7-8 hours a night
- Stay hydrated with at least 2-3 litres of water a day
- Everything in moderation – ensure you are not treating yourself at every meal timeThe Dash for Diabetes is not only a 5km race, it is a day filled with sporting clinics, healthy food options such as fruit, water and coconuts and Zumba activities. It is a morning filled with the reminders of everything that is good for us with the intention of encouraging more people to carry on being active.
We urge you not to become another statistic and another patient with Diabetes. Your decisions and actions can determine how healthy your life is from now on. It’s never too late to make a change and we can help you start your new lifestyle.
Join the Petero Civoniceva Foundation for our Dash for Diabetes 5km and family fun day on Saturday 14th October at Buckhurst Park Suva from 7:30-11:30am and start your journey to a healthier and more active you.
Petero and the PCF Team