- India tops the list of countries with the highest number of diabetics
- China, America, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan follow
- The total number of diabetics in India stood at 31.7 million in 2000
According to National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), consuming a diet balanced in all essential food groups, micro and macronutrients will stave off risk of developing diabetes and a range of other non-communicable, lifestyle diseases. NIN suggests loading up on phytonutrients, dietary fibre, antioxidants "for delaying ageing and preventing the processes which lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart ailment," as mentioned in Dietary Guidelines for Indian, A Manual released by NIN.
Undeniably, individuals with excessive weight are at a greater risk of falling prey to lifestyle diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, besides eating healthy, regular physical activity is of the utmost importance to beat obesity and avoid risk of developing lifestyle diseases including diabetes.