As I write this, the headlines this week have confirmed the fact that Diabetes had quadrupled in the last 35 years worldwide. This huge increase in numbers is mainly due to type 2 Diabetes, bringing with it not only obesity, but other degenerative diseases like heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and many more complications associated with it.
It is affecting adults and children alike. The rise in numbers is very worrying.
It was also suggested that food manufacturers could be encouraged to put further instructions on packets of food, telling us how long we would have to exercise for, to burn off that food. So, even more confusion, what with all the traffic lights on packaging and lots of other lengthy instructions!
Diabetes is rising all over the world, not just in the West. As ‘westernised’ food and sugary drinks found their way into developing countries in Asia, Africa or Latin America in the past 40 years or so, obesity has rocketed, and with it Diabetes.
So what needs to be done?
Prevention is the #1 answer. We need to learn from books, the Internet or people in the know what to do about halting the progress of Diabetes. There is so much information out there and we are very lucky to be living in a country where we can walk into any supermarket and pick up whatever fruit, vegetables or meat we want.
But, we need to teach our children that, for instance, fizzy drinks are all high in high fructose corn syrup, that sugary snacks and cereals are laden with sugar, and eating crisps, burgers, chicken nuggets or chips, especially the manufactured variety, are full of unhealthy fats and are not a healthy option. But most importantly we need to teach them how fruit and vegetables and wholefoods are good for us and that they should form a very large part of what we put into our mouths each day.
We all need to look at the way we are eating. Also, are we exercising enough? – and this doesn’t mean having to go to the gym 3 times a week – this means maybe walking to the shops, taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking the children to the school on a nice sunny day.
I was fortunate enough to attend a very interesting conference recently on detoxification. We had 2 very prominent speakers, Dr Jean Monro from the Breakspear Medical Cinic in Hertfordshire, who is the Medical Director of the clinic, as well as internationally recognised in the field of allergy and environmental medicine. Dr Monro lectures regularly at conferences around the world and supervises college students specialising in nutrition.
The other speaker was Dr Joseph Pizzorno, a world-leading authority on science-based natural medicine and more information can be found about him here: drpizzorno.com. (It would take up the whole page just to mention what he does!).
What they were both saying is that our world is full of toxins. These can be found in our food, cleaning products, cosmetics; in fact, all around us in the environment. But in a nutshell, they said that it all boils down to lifestyle choices. We should be eating organic food where possible and to try and avoid the high intake of hormones and toxins from food, cosmetics or cleaning products that we are exposed to on a daily basis, whether it is in our homes or workplace.
And of course, we need to do something about it now. We can’t wait for yet another box to appear on the side of our breakfast cereal telling us that we need to walk for 20 minute after breakfast to burn it off. By the time this is put into practice, probably another 10 million people worldwide will be diagnosed with Diabetes.