Dozens of enthusiastic cyclists from across Karachi participated 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 activity for the prevention and management of diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases.
Cyclists, including men and women of all ages, cover 18 kilometers in half an hour in an effort to convey the importance of physical sightseeing in burning extra calories, leading a healthy life and most importantly, preventing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, illnesses. ischemic heart 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 body mass index (BMI). Experts at the camp advise people with high blood sugar and hypertension to exercise vigorously to stay fit and healthy.
Two young people were also given new bicycles through a raffle on the occasion.
Cycling events and awareness sessions are organized by various organizations, including the Pakistan Endocrine Society (PES), Szabist, Rotary and the local pharmaceutical company Pharmevo to raise awareness about lifestyle modification and healthy activities in preventing and managing diabetes.
Cycling rallies and awareness sessions are part of activities organized in conjunction with World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated annually on November 14 to raise awareness and promote the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and a balanced diet to avoid diseases such as diabetes.
Speaking at an awareness session after the cycle rally, diabetes expert Dr Ashraf Memon said there was nothing healthier than morning walks, jogging and cycling in cities like Karachi where hundreds of thousands of people are getting fat and developing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and ischemic heart. disease.
“Diabetes is a lifestyle disease which means that our sedentary lifestyle, unbalanced diet and habits can greatly affect our health. We need to devote at least one hour to ourselves each day during which we exercise to shed extra calories and weight from our bodies. Cycling is one of the best exercises to achieve that goal, ”he added.
Highlighting the importance of eating a balanced diet, Dr Memon said that there is a need to promote eating vegetables and fruits among children and added that parents should prohibit the use of juices, both fresh and packaged, because “nature has produced fruit to eat, not for drinking ”.
Cycologists group leader Asad said that unfortunately, the majority of adults in Karachi are diabetic or pre-diabetic, meaning they will develop diabetes sooner or later in their life.
“We at Cycologists cycling for health and wellness. We want to promote these activities as much as possible so that people can prevent themselves from developing serious health conditions such as diabetes, “said Asad, adding that they are trying to promote cycling among children because obesity in childhood is moderate. increasing in Pakistan, especially Karachi. .
Pharmevo Commercial Director Mansoor Khan said that they promote and sponsor healthy activities such as 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 emphasized that apart from holding bicycle rallies, screening camps and awareness sessions, they were also offering new bikes to two enthusiasts through a lucky draw to promote healthy activity and highlight the importance of physical activity.