Impact of Lifestyle Changes during the Pandemic on the Risk of Diabetes and Prediabetes

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JAKARTA – The results of a Merck and YouGov survey in September 2021 involving 8,000 adults in Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, China, Vietnam, Portugal and the United Arab Emirates show that respondents in the country have implemented lifestyle changes that can reduce or even increase the risk of diabetes, caused by the increasing amount of free time at home.

Many respondents admitted that they made healthier changes, such as 51% eating more fruits and vegetables and 40% more exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not a few respondents also consumed foods high in fat and sugar (13%), and exercised less often (19%).

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In fact, the survey also revealed that as many as 68% of people in Indonesia believe lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of diabetes and 73% are aware that the intake of foods high in sugar plays a major role in causing diabetes.

Apart from lifestyle changes, the survey also revealed that most people (82% of respondents) in Indonesia do not know who to ask or access reliable sources of information about diabetes risk.

Meanwhile, the survey results also show that 67% will try to access reliable information about diabetes risk factors on the internet, of which 31% will access information through social media.

Not only through the internet, not a few respondents will use TV programs (21%) and talk to family or friends (35%) to find information about diabetes.

Seeing this data, the presence of various initiatives and trusted platforms is needed so that they can continue to educate the public about the dangers of diabetes and how to prevent it.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes to our lifestyles that can make us healthier or not. Currently, we have begun to adapt to coexist with the virus and need to understand the habits that can reduce or increase the risk of diabetes,” said President Director of PT Merck Tbk Evie Yulin in an official statement, Saturday (11/13/2021).

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