Metabolic health: Nigerians urged to embrace radical lifestyle change

An Osun-based healthcare professional said that in order to increase the level of metabolism and metabolic health, it is necessary to change the lifestyle that would reflect positively and ensure a healthy and healthy life.

In a conversation with DAILY POST, Dr Folashade Alawode, an Ilesa-based endocrinologist, noted that most Nigerians, due to the modern lifestyle, are now living on the fast lane and neglecting some of the centuries-old lifestyles passed down from generation to generation.

Alawode said people who reside in rural areas tend to live longer than those in urban areas, as they still consume a lot of natural foods like fresh fruits and vegetables and drink a lot of water.

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She said that although most people in rural areas consume more carbohydrates, which takes longer to digest in the body, they engage in some physical activity or another, such as farming and fishing.

These physical activities, she said, were used to burn a lot of calories and fat that would have been deposited in their body if they had adopted the sedentary lifestyle of the city dwellers.

The doctor, while arguing that a lack of interest in his metallic health could lead to heart disease, strokes and diabetes, urged the public to invest more in their metabolic health.

Ways to invest in metabolic health that she disclosed included spending time in physical activities like jogging, swimming, going to the gym, and participating in plenty of outdoor activities.

“Playground activities also help kids improve their metabolic health. This is why you used to see children having fun at moonlight games and evening story times. All of these activities have subconsciously contributed to metabolic health.

She urged people to stop eating late at night and eat early so that they have enough time to exercise before going to bed.

Alawode also advocated refraining from the consumption of refined sugars.

In his words, “We tend to consume a lot of sugar in this country and unfortunately we are not in the United States of America or the United Kingdom where their health system is more advanced to deal with such situations. when it becomes an emergency.

“We have relegated natural foods to the background. We now eat a lot of burgers and sweet things. We drink a lot of ice cream, soda. All of these contain unrefined sugar in excess of our body’s needs.

“They end up being stored in the body and when we are not involved in physical activities it becomes a problem in the future. We consume unrefined sugar while sitting in our comfortable cars and desks for more than 12 hours a day. We have to rethink and do the right thing, ”she concluded.

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