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Diabetic, had neck fracture. Suggest precaution to improve immune system as travelling often?

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Dear Doctor,

My job life demands travel of atleast 2 days a week and involves lot of eating out (though in hygiene hotels and restaurants).

Can you please suggest some of the precautions or tips to ensure i improve my immune system and take care of my health.

1. do not get affected by lifestyle deceases. i am already a diabetic (my current age 30 yrs and suffering from type 2 diabetes)
2. i keep hearing lot of news about increase in spread of various cancers including celebroties who take good care of themselves, that makes me more worried as there is notest to detect or cure.

i do not eat non veg, nor take coffee / tea / Softdrinks , dont take alcohol or cigarettes.

my past meducal history include fracture of neck of femur (of my right leg) fixed with 3 removable cannulated screws and healed completely (fracture of 1 year old) - Chicken pox 5 years back - Typhoid 2 times since my birth.

my age current age is 30 years and live in chennai and involved in sales job.

lookibg forward for your advise on health tips and not falling pray to lifestyle diceases.

Posted Fri, 5 Jul 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 31 hours later
Thank you for contacting XXXXXXX with your question.
You seem like a very knowledgeable and concerned
individual. You mention that you are a diabetic, not
insulin dependent. It is extremely important for you
to have a very good control of blood sugar. I am sure
that you have been advised as to foods that you should
be careful about. Especially concentrated sweets (Sugar).
It is essential that you cut back on fatty, greasy or fried
foods. I am very glad that you don't drink alcohol or smoke.
Vegetarian diet is fine except you may lack Vitamin B-12 .
You may need to take a supplement daily. It is also very
important that you do not develop any complications of
uncontrolled diabetes such as nerve problems (Neuropathy),
eye problems (Retinopathy) , kidney problems (Nephropathy)
and intestinal problems such as gastroparesis and enteropathy
which causes delayed stomach emptying and diarrhea and loss
of fat in the stool. I always suggest a super B-Complex Vitamin
along with 800 i.u. of Vitamin-E supplement. I also believe in
Omega-3-fatty acid supplement in the form of Fish oil capsule
1200 mg. daily . I do this myself. I also take CO-Q 10 daily
as well. These are very helpful to build up immunity.
It is good to take a handful of nuts such as almonds, pistachio
or peanuts daily.
Regular physical activities should include brisk walking .
Deep breathing exercises are good for the lungs.
Make sure you check your blood sugar at least three times a week
once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening
before the evening meal. If you need to be on medication for
blood sugar control , you should talk to your doctor.
Keep your weight at the ideal level.
If you follow these simple measures , you can live to be a hundred
happy and healthy.
Lastly, I want you to enjoy life , relax whenever you can , meditate.
I wish you the very best of future.
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