Diabetes is a chronic condition which is associated with abnormally high glucose level in the blood. However, individuals with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as heart disease and stroke, which have been the leading cause of mortality in Malaysia over the years, accounting for approximately 35% of total deaths. (1)
According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), the prevalence of diabetes among Malaysians had shown an increasing trend from 13.4% in 2015 to 18.3% in 2019. (2)
While most of the rise in the prevalence of diabetes is seen in the middle-aged and elderly, there is an increasing trend found in young adults as well. (3)
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, many employees have transitioned to working from home to help flatten the curve and get the pandemic under control.
While working from home offers numerous benefits, it also makes it easier to slip into a sedentary lifestyle.
Other than that, eating unhealthy snacks which are often high in sugar, sodium and fat in between meals is also a challenge faced by most people while working from home. Unhealthy snacking can lead to weight gain, especially when physical activity is reduced during working from home period. Consequently, weight gain can contribute to overweight and obesity which increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Hence, what can you do to bring a different approach to staying healthy while working from home? If the gym at your area is closed, you can try workouts such as jumping jacks, push-ups, squats and plank which you can easily do at home.
Besides, numerous researches have reported that diet modifications such as adopting a high-fibre and low glycaemic index (GI) diet can help to regulate blood glucose level and lower the risk of developing diabetes. The consumption of high fibre and low GI foods results in a stabilised blood glucose level as it leads to a slow, steady rise in blood glucose level followed by a gradual drop rather than a sudden spike in blood glucose level which often leads to fatigue and tiredness.
Maintaining healthy blood glucose level the natural way
Oat beta-glucan is a soluble dietary fibre which can be found in oat bran, the outer layer of an oat grain.
It has been reported that the high viscosity of the oat beta-glucan plays a vital role in regulating blood glucose level, (4) and such beneficial health effect is associated with its daily dose and molecular weight.
The high molecular weight of oat beta-glucan has been mainly attributed to its ability to form a viscous gel which acts as barrier in the small intestine that delays the digestion of carbohydrates and absorption of glucose.
Thus, it helps to prevent sudden fluctuations in blood glucose level and abnormal insulin secretion after a meal, resulting in stabilised glucose availability.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia and European Commission have approved oat beta-glucan and its role in controlling post-meal high blood glucose level with the following approved health claims:
• 3g of oat beta-glucan daily helps to lower blood cholesterol level.
• Oat soluble fibre (beta-glucan) helps to lower the rise of blood glucose provided it is not consumed together with other food.
• Consumption of beta-glucan from oats contributes to the reduction of the glucose rise after a meal.
Daily serving of two scoops or sachets of Biogrow Oat BG22 oat bran powder (≈18g) provides *3g of clinically proven bioactive oat beta-glucan with high molecular weight, which lower the rise of blood glucose and cholesterol levels significantly.
Hence, not only is Biogrow Oat BG22 suitable for individuals with high blood cholesterol level, it is also suitable for pre-diabetic and diabetic patients as it is low in GI (<55) which helps to stabilise post-meal blood glucose level.
Biogrow Oat BG22 also has good solubility and is low in calories, high in fibre and lactose-free with no added sugar, artificial ingredients and preservatives.
Biogrow Oat BG22 is available in all leading pharmacies nationwide and Biogrow Official Store at Shopee Mall.
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*Bioactive oat beta-glucans are high in molecular weight and have been scientifically shown to produce a good viscosity effect in the gut for optimal cholesterol-lowering effect. (5)
(1) Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Country Profiles. World Health Organization. 2018.
(2) Alberti G et al. Type 2 Diabetes in the Young: The Evolving Epidemic. The International Diabetes Federation Consensus Workshop. 2004; 27(7), 1798-1811.
(3) Survey: 1.7 million Malaysians Risk Three Chronic Conditions. CodeBlue. 2020.
(4) Daou C & Zhang H. Oat Beta-Glucan: Its Role in Health Promotion and Prevention of Diseases. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. 2012; 4(11), 355-365.
(5) EFSA Journal 2010; 8(12):1885 & 2011; 9(6):2207.
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