‘Lifestyle and stress impact health greatly’

Sugar check: Padma Mukkamala has been taking pills for the past four years to control diabetes.

Padma Mukkamala, a 54-year-old housewife, has been taking medicines to control diabetes for the past four years. Though the disease doesn’t

run in her family, her doctor explained that poor eating habits, lifestyle and stress could have been the triggers.

Padma said she has never been on the wrong side of the weighing scale, “but clearly, that wasn’t enough”.

“Diabetes has made me more aware of what I eat and how much I exercise. Now I workout daily and eat healthy. Since I am not a heavy

eater and was never overweight, I understand the impact that lifestyle and stress can have on an individual’s health,” she added.

According to doctors, the older you are, greater is the risk of being pre-diabetic. The risk begins to increase at 45 years of age, and goes up

exponentially after 65.

“My siblings are diabetic too. I think I was in the pre-diabetic category around a year before it was diagnosed. If you ask me, even if you aren’t

overweight and not at risk, it is a good idea to keep an eye on your blood glucose level. Be aware that the risk of developing pre-diabetes goes

up with age,” she cautioned.