Diabetes mellitus has grown at an alarming pace all over the world, particularly in India. On the International Day of Yoga, PM Narendra Modi told: “India has become the Diabetes capital of the world.” Even youngsters are not immune to it. Once diagnosed, many diabetics find it difficult to keep pace with the modified dietary requirements, their exercise and medicine schedules. Thus, over a period, they succumb to complications of diabetes and the increased need for medical attention.
However, there are many people, who have taken this bull head on and have modified their lifestyle including their diet, exercise and medicines so that their diabetes no longer interferes with their life.
Now let us review how some of the Indian celebrities with diabetes have modified their lifestyle and their fitness routine to lead a productive life:
Sonam Kapoor: Sonam Kapoor was detected with diabetes when she was still a teenager. That explains a lot about her childhood obesity. Sonam is on antidiabetic medication since several years and has to take insulin injection regularly, every day.
Sonam’s fitness routine: Sonam eats several small meals regularly and never misses out her workout sessions. She starts her day with jogging followed by yoga and meditation. She chooses a combination of power yoga, pilates, and weight training. Sonam is also a Kathak dancer that helps her maintain a well-toned body. The actor also loves to play squash and makes it a point to play at least two days a week.
Kamal Haasan: This versatile actor suffers from Type-1 diabetes. He can mould his physique easily, which helps him sport any look. He did not allow diabetes to overrule his life and has chosen to spread the awareness about diabetes.
Kamal Haasan’s fitness routine: This actor has his ways of sweating it out in the gym. He is very conscious about what he eats and avoids alcohol completely. He doesn’t consume dairy products as well and likes his black tea. He’s an active yoga practitioner and does many warm up exercises before the actual yoga practice to keep himself in shape. It is an astonishing fact how the actor builds his body without the help of protein powders.
Fawad Khan: This Pakistani actor, who is the heartbeat of millions of Indian girls was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes mellitus at the age of 17! The actor associates this rare form of Type 1 diabetes with his smoking.
Fawad Khan’s fitness routine: The actor doesn’t have six pack abs like other men in the Bollywood. However, his personality speaks volumes. He starts his day by drinking a glass of lemon and warm water followed by eggs and cereals for breakfast. This enticing actor is a vegetarian and prefers to have cereals and vegetables along with roti for lunch. This actor maintained a lean look until recently. However, Fawad looks broad-shouldered and healthier now.
Gaurav Kapoor: Gaurav Kapoor is more popular as Channel V VJ, who rose to fame after anchoring IPL Extra Innings. He was detected with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22 years. The actor attributed travelling and irregular hours of eating as the primary cause of his disease. He believes stress to be one of the major factors contributing to the disease. He strictly avoids alcohol.
Gaurav Kapoor’s fitness routine: Gaurav actively practices yoga, jogging and regular physical activity as a part of his efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Devendra Fadnavis: The Maharashtrian Chief Minister was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in September 2015. He was obese, and he weighed a massive 122kg. Fadnavis makes it a point to have food at regular intervals. His diet chart is a healthy balance of proteins and fats, minimised carbohydrates and fibre.
Fitness routine of Fadnavis: The flabby Chief Minister lost 18 kgs in 3 months with some inspiration from his wife. He weighs 104 kgs now. The CM religiously follows 10,000 steps brisk walk schedule. He practices two hours a week of many breathing exercises, agility-and-strength training and sports stretches.
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