by Reshma Anand on  January 5, 2016 at 11:32 AM Diabetes News
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Bats On the Diabetes Pitch to Raise Awareness
Many health sectors have turned their focus on combating diabetes and to support this cause India's Master Blaster has also joined hands with the World's leading diabetes care company "Novo Nordisk".

The company has announced Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador for creating awareness on diabetes in India. The renowned batsman will support its newly launched program called "changing diabetes" in India.

"My wife is a doctor and we talk on various subjects. Sometime ago we were discussing diabetes because it was all about healthy lifestyle and active lifestyle. And the number of diabetics was 55 million. I saw that number after a few months it had jumped to 60 million and now we are at 69 million. It's one record we should not be proud of...This number has to come down," said Tendulkar.

The 42-year-old cricketer stressed on following a healthy diet and fitness for overcoming such lifestyle diseases.

He said, "I feel to bring this number down we have to change our mindset. We always tend to take our health for granted. We feel nothing can go wrong. We have this 'chalta hai' (casual) attitude, which should not happen. Just by ignoring, the problem is not going to go away. We have to address the situation and overcome all (such) obstacles."

"Being a sportsman, I naturally used to train really hard and it had become a routine to me. But most of the guys prefer to lead easy lifestyle. I believe the easiest and the cheapest way to stay away from diabetes is to hit the gym every morning...To work out. If you don't want to hit the gym one can go for long walks or decent jogs."

He also said that correct information about the disease must be spread to the individuals to fight diabetes so that India becomes a happier and healthier nation.

"Today, my message to children would be to lead active lifestyle and healthy lifestyle. Engage in outdoor activity and outdoor sports where one burns some calories and not just exercise your thumbs by playing video games. Because you spend lot of time in playing video games. I am not saying you should stop playing them. But you should also give equal time to your health. Health is your real wealth and you need to look after your health," he added.

Source: Medindia

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