Type 2 diabetes is described as an epidemic; more than that it is a pandemic. It has spread its sinister grasp over many countries and continents of the world. But unlike most epidemics, type-2 is not contagious in the strictest sense of the word. It cannot be caught by a cough or sneeze, or even from the bite of a swamp-dwelling insect. More
Type 2 diabetes is described as an epidemic; more than that it is a pandemic. It has spread its sinister grasp over many countries and continents of the world. But unlike most epidemics, type-2 is not contagious in the strictest sense of the word. It cannot be caught by a cough or sneeze, or even from the bite of a swamp-dwelling insect. Apart from a certain genetic pre-disposition, type-2 diabetes is a condition born of lifestyle discrepancies, namely obesity, the wrong kind of food and a lack of physical exercise.
In cases of type 1 diabetes, the body cannot produce insulin the hormone which enables glucose to enter the cells from where it can be used as fuel by the body. Type 1 diabetes usually appears before the age of 40 and it accounts for around 10% of all those with diabetes.
Type-2 diabetes accounts for around 90% of all those people with diabetes worldwide. In this form of the disease, the body is still able to make some insulin, but not enough. It is also possible that the insulin produced cannot work effectively. This defect is called insulin resistance and very often insulin resistance is a direct result of being overweight. Type-2 diabetes usually occurs in people over the age of 40, although South Asian people can often develop the disease as early as twenty-five years of age. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of children diagnosed with the condition, some as young as seven.
Worldwide health authorities are charged with the overwhelming task of finding a way to eradicate type-2 in its primary stages. It will not respond to vaccination or inoculation, and medication can only partially hold back its ominous progress. Meanwhile the cost of dealing with this chronic and often deadly scourge is mounting alarmingly year upon year.
So what is the solution? I believe the answer to this question may dwell in that time before the primary stages are ever reached. I am convinced that the solution to eradicating this world-sweeping pandemic lies in education. Not necessarily education as in reading, writing and arithmetic – although they will undoubtedly play their part. What I mean is the teaching from an early age of good nutrition and the vital need for physical activity. It will of course have to be a long game, but there is a vital need for its speedy initiation.
There was a time when food was plain and wholesome. It consisted of items harvested from the fields and market gardens of the countryside. It was in the days before food became a factory product with a long ‘shelf life’. It was in the days before grains were polished to remove the bran and wheat-germ, before refined sugar and salt was added to everything to ‘enhance’ its flavor and before a jug of water on the dinner table was replaced by concentrated juice or fizzy drinks.
Today’s adults are, unsurprisingly, very similar.They live a lifestyle where both partners are often out at work and the evening meal needs to be something grabbed in a hurry. Convenience foods and take-away meals are great once in a while but when it’s the normal routine then trouble is not far around the corner. Sadly many of today’s adults were not taught nutrition as children. They grew up as those generations whose parents believed that processed and convenience food were a boon to easy living and something to be taken advantage of. No one told them they were feeding their children to death.
In this book I will give you an overview of the sheer magnitude of what is happening on a global scale in terms of diabetes and the frighteningly high cost to each country of attempting to deal with a situation spinning out of control.
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