Sunday, 15 November 2009

Reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity

A medium frame Indian man of 165 cm height, should weigh 62 kg, and if he were sedentary, would require 1,800 kilocalorie to maintain a healthy weight. A woman of same frame should weigh between 55 and 58 kg and would require 1,600 kilocalorie. According to the new guidelines, the daily carbohydrate intake should not be more than 50 per cent of the total energy requirement. The total dietary fibre intake should be 20 gm and 40 gm for women and men respectively - one small apple weighing 100 gm gives roughly one gm of fibre. As far as possible reduce the intake of trans fatty acids available in the form of vanaspati, bakery food products, ready-to-use-soups and gravies, margarine, and food prepared with vanaspati or margarine, the guidelines advise.

"We believe application of these guidelines will help in preventing and halting diabetes and obesity epidemic in India," said Dr Anoop Misra, HoD of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospital, and director, Diabetes Foundation of India.

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