How many of us don’t live under the threat of being diagnosed with diabetes? Especially people like me who come from the family where almost every second person have type 2 diabetes.
We all try to eat right, attend gym sessions,yoga classes, meditation and what not? But while managing tough routine of managing home and work and bringing up kids, all these concerns take a backseat.
According to the Diabetes Atlas 2006 published by the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in India is currently around 40.9 million and is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025.India leads the world with the largest number of diabetic patients and is also known as the “diabetes capital of the world”.
But,we all are beating around the wrong bush!
According to the latest research done by Dr. Watve,”Type 2 diabetes is not what the text books have been saying, it is not what people have believed and it is not what today’s treatment is based on”. He, very successfully shifted my attention to behavior and diabetes by his “Hawk and Dove” model.
There are two types of individuals:
Hawks are the aggressive individuals with low levels of cholesterol, cortisol, and insulin and high level of sex hormones and are insulin sensitive people. On the other hand, Doves are aggression avoiders, with high levels of cholesterol, cortisol, insulin and low levels of sex hormones and are insulin insensitive people. Both Hawks and Doves live in the same population. Lack of Hawk behavior leads to a behavioral deficiency which in turn leads to metabolic disorders or ‘behavioral deficiency disorders’.
Clearly, Swimming and Boxing are two different sports. Former helps to burn the calories while later helps to bring the behavioral change.
Dr. Watve says,”We need to design various types of adventure sports for different age groups and that is the main goal”.