Dozens of enthusiastic cyclists from across Karachi took part in a diabetes awareness exercise in Clifton on Saturday under the banner of the Cycologists group to highlight the importance of cycling and other physical activities for the prevention and management of diabetes as well as other lifestyle diseases.
The cyclists, which included men and women of all ages, rode an 18-kilometer stretch in half an hour in an effort to convey the importance of the physical excursion for burning extra calories, leading a healthy lifestyle and most importantly, prevent lifestyle disorders like diabetes. , hypertension, ischemic heart disease and various other diseases.
A diabetes screening camp was also held outside the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) where cyclists, doctors and people were screened for diabetes, hypertension and the blood pressure index. body mass (BMI). Experts at the camp have advised people with high blood sugar and high blood pressure to exercise vigorously to stay fit and healthy.
Two young children also received new bikes through an occasional raffle.
The cycling event and awareness session were organized by various organizations including Pakistan Endocrine Society (PES), Szabist, Rotary and local pharmaceutical company Pharmevo to raise awareness about lifestyle modification and healthy activities in prevention and the management of diabetes.
The cycling rally and awareness session were part of the activities organized as part of World Diabetes Day, celebrated annually on November 14 to raise awareness and promote the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle, regular physical activity and a balanced diet to avoid diseases such as diabetes.
Speaking at the awareness session after the cycling rally, diabetologist Dr Ashraf Memon said nothing is healthier than a morning walk, jogging and cycling in cities like Karachi where hundreds of thousands of people people became obese and developed diseases like diabetes, hypertension and ischemic heart. sickness.
“Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, which means that our sedentary lifestyle, diet and unbalanced habits seriously affect our health. We need to devote ourselves at least an hour a day to exercising to remove extra calories and pounds from our bodies. Cycling is one of the best exercises to achieve these goals, ”he added.
Stressing the importance of a balanced diet, Dr Memon said there was a need to promote the consumption of vegetables and fruits in children and added that parents should discourage the use of juices, both fresh and packed, because “nature has produced fruit to eat, not to drink.”
Cyclologist group leader Asad said, unfortunately, the majority of adults in Karachi were either diabetic or prediabetic, meaning they would develop diabetes sooner or later in life.
“Among cyclists, we cycle for health and well-being. We want to promote this activity as much as possible so that people can prevent themselves from developing serious health problems like diabetes, ”said Asad, adding that they were trying to promote cycling among children while childhood obesity. was increasing in Pakistan, especially Karachi. .
The commercial director of Pharmevo Mansoor Khan said that they promote and sponsor healthy activities like cycling to realize their dream of a healthy society and in this regard, they have also established their own cycling club called “Evodian Riders”.
He argued that in addition to organizing the cycling rally, screening camps and awareness sessions, they were also giving away new bikes to two enthusiasts through a raffle to promote healthy activity and highlight the importance of physical activity.