Diabetes...gaining ground

Thiruvananthapuram, India
February 17, 2009 6:00am CST
It is quite surprising that diabetics are on the increase throughout the universe especially in developing countries.The reasons are obvious - intake of rich and fiber free food- lack of exercises - carefree living. People often fail to realize how fast food and effortless living act adversely on their person.Nature has bestowed us with enough resources to secure a safe living.To forget what nature has to offer and in turn devour unhealthy diet will no doubt be detrimental to the human well being.To avert diabetes is one thing -- to all those who are in the grip of it would be to alter their style of living.Wonders work out for the cautious and diabetes no more becomes a dreaded disease.
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@KrauseHome (36340)
• United States
26 Feb 09
Personally for me, I can honestly say that you are right in a lot of respects here. For me being Diabetic though was not something that just happened. For me most of it was hereditary, and some of mine was also having TB as a child that seemed to destroy a lot of my fighting risk factors as well. But it is so True that if more people learned to eat more healthier there would be less Diabetes and other Health problems out there for sure. Yes, lack of Excercise, etc. does not help, but Food choice is the biggest factor for sure. I have seen a lot of people continuing to eat the Fried unhealthy foods, and drinking the Sodas etc. to no avail. But at the same time, we need to be Pro-active as well. Unless a person I guess gets a wake up call or a willingness to want to change in order to help themselves in the future there is really nothing no one can do. But a little more education for a lot of people out there could never hurt as well.
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@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
20 Feb 09
I have a lady friend who seems to have been suffering this disease right from childhood,i never knew this untill late last year when she ahd a fit of attack with a low sugar level ,i was really scared i thought she was gonna die but thank God she came back after a lot of pressure and efforts ,afterwards she made me understand that she normally experience that whenever her sugar level is low so now i always ensure i hvae enough sugar in the house anytime she is around,i just make a quick sugar solution for her and in no time she will be fine.I just wish there can be complete solution to this problem,its painful to see her suffer like this
@eshaan (6193)
• India
20 Feb 09
yes friend, luxurious life with not much body movements, sitting in front of TV or computers all this is making the life of modern period more towards unhealthy life and people are getting in grip of the diseases like diabetes, we should take care that we need more exercise than the people of older generations as we are leading very luxurious life as compared to them.
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• Malaysia
18 Feb 09
At an early stage diabetes can be cured because it happened due to two (2) major factors. Too much carbohydrate intake, where it is in excessive intake and having slow metabolic rate the unburnt carbohydrate turns to starch and finally to sugar. Secondly, lack of physical exercise results in less burning effect to carbohydrate. By taking HLB blood test, we can know our oxidation level that ruins out red blood cells pattern and formation. Once we look at our own blood health performance and progress through HLB blood test, at least there is a lesson for us to learn how our life style and activity do effects our blood pattern and formation. How it looks like, kindly watch this 01:16 minutes video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtqs8gOqx1I [i] recently uploaded by me[/i].
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
18 Feb 09
You have raised an important issue. This is a silent killer in its truest sense. BTW I get to learn from a news channel that researches are on to cure it by Gene therapy or something like that. Do you have any idea in this regard?
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@williamjisir (22901)
• China
18 Feb 09
Hello sukumar. It is really dreadful that diabetics are on the increase. I think that we need to eat more healthy food and do more exercises to keep us healthy free from any diseases. Thank you so much for the discussion, friend.
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@sumash (2)
• India
18 Feb 09
It's right diabetics is on increase because of fast food and style of living but it also comes of tension & mental stress why i say this is my mother she works very hard and never uses fast food then also she is an diabetic patient because of tension two years back my sister expired from then she is an diabetic patient.
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
18 Feb 09
yes, its true..i was diagnosed diabetic when i was pregnant with my daughter my doctor told me to eat less carbohydrates and exercise after each meal..cuz after we eat our meals our sugar level will increase so its better to do simple exercise after each meal..to maintain the sugar level..have a nice day
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• United States
17 Feb 09
It's not so suprising news to me though. I've been to the doctor recently, and i've been diagnosed as "borderline stable", that means one slip-up and i'll be joining those who have diabetes. Since it's not too late for me to turn back, i've decided to look up ways to prevent or avoid diabetes, and i've found out that a lot of fiber, and I do mean a LOT of fiber might just do the trick to fight it off. Ever since then, i've been buying high-fiber foods like psyllium and oatbran cereal, frosted shredded wheat, all-bran fiber packets like Benefiber for water bottles (16.9 ounce), chewable fiber tablets with inulin, high-fiber sweet granola bars, etc. I've heard that fiber, soluble or insoluble, can do more than just fight off diabetes. It can also scrape off the gunk off my intestines that can mess up weight loss. I'm still using these methods already when it comes to high blood sugar and fiber.
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@lingli_78 (12841)
• Australia
17 Feb 09
i agree with you whole-heartedly... a lot of people are not so health conscious anymore nowadays including me... i and my hubby are trying to live a healthy life nowadays as we dreaded to catch the various terminal illnesses that people suffer nowadays... we want to live a long and healthy life... and to be able to do that, we have to start to watch what we eat and exercise... take care and have a nice day...
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@Pose123 (21666)
• Canada
17 Feb 09
Hi sukumar, Thank you for this discussion and I agree with you. If we look at the things that you mention it is easy to see why diabetes is gaining grown. Lack of exercise and so much fast food is I believe the big culprit. People have to not only educate themselves but learn to follow through. Blessings.
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• Philippines
17 Feb 09
it is really curious how people are no longer mindful of their health condition anymore. before, diabetes was thought of to be hereditary. now, it is common knowledge that anyone can have it. for this to have happened, let us give credit to the fast food chains and the easy lifestyles that everyone pursues these days. diabetes used to be rare before becasue, people always eat home cooked foods which abound with lots of fruits and vegetables which are speckled with some fish or meat. then people used to walk distances. now, the habit is to take a ride even if it is only 200 meters away. escalators and elevators are there so why use the stairway? it is really very easy to see why diabetes has taken its toll on so many of the populace of present day.
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
I totally agree with you. Last two weeks ago hubby's uncle have to under operation because of this complications. his leg was mutated for the wound is not healing at all after the reconstructive surgery so the doctor doesn't have any choice but to cut it off from the knee down. After this occurrence I told hubby that we have to be watchful of what we eat and take care of our health to avoid such complications.
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@psyche49f (2511)
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
It's because calorie-free foods are difficult to find. Foods which are high on carbs and calories are abundant and are within easy reach. Dieting and exercise is the key. Discipline is the bottomline. However, when it comes to foods and eating, I guess self-control is really tight. I am diabetic myself, and I really find it difficult to strictly stick to a real diabetic diet.
@laydee (12811)
• Philippines
17 Feb 09
Yeah it's true, diabetes is very rampant and sadly not everyone discovers it until it's too late. I for one am a diabetic, due to some hormone problems. Anyhow, mine is a controlled one because doctors and specialists are accessible to me, I'm just not sure about those who have no access to proper medication. I think food and our habits are to be blamed for. We eat all kinds of junk, and we can't even just drink plain water anymore, we always resort to flavored ones, sodas and other flavored liquid which is actually the root cause of diabetics. I read one time that in one study of a soda/beverage plant, it was said there that almost 50% of the workers there retired as diabetics (they were given free flowing sodas/beverage during their shift). Further, we can't anymore give time to just walk around or do some exercise. Even if it's just a block or two away, you need to drive or else you'll be considered weird. Regardless what we eat, if we can't help our body to be better, nothing would ever happen. I'm just glad I found out I am a diabetic early. Thus, our habits as a family were forced to change. Now we exercise, and watch each others' blood sugar levels.
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@ElicBxn (61051)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I am 55 and obese. I have trouble exercising do to medical reasons. I would seem to be a prime canadate for diabities. However, I have also not consumed corn since I was 22. I actually have more of a problem with LOW blood sugar. There are some studies that say corn consumption is a leading indicator or diabities. I have met thin people with high blood pressure, just because they are from the cultural type that consumes a lot of corn foods. Another thing, my mother became borderline diabitic when she was 42. Less than 10 years later we discovered my corn allergy and she also took corn mostly out of her diet. Now, at 82, they have removed the diabitic notification from her charts.
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• India
17 Feb 09
Yes I know. Surprising isn’t it how our parents or grandparents never exercised yet just with good food and stress free living, most of them never had this disease. Nowadays it has taken nearly epidemic proportions or else people are just exercising and buying gadgets of going to the gym like mad. Exercising has rather become a status symbol these days. For me and my family, we eat normal home-cooked food all the times with maybe an outing once a month. We snack very little and even if we do, we try to have the oil free options. But I have a huge sweet tooth and have at least one sweet everyday. I hope that isn’t too much.
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@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
17 Feb 09
In my country, children are getting diabetes in alarming numbers. To make it worse, schools are cutting out recess when the kids can run and play and get out of the classroom for a half hour or so.
@jolasu (49)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I'm only a couple of states away from you dragon and agree that kids are getting diabetes way to much. The school recess time is minimal, you're right, but it goes even farther than that I think. Apparently kids need to snack all day in addition to having their meals, which I doubt helps much. Even away from school kids don't get nearly enough excercise. With all the TV, video-games and computer time, it's no wonder we're seeing more and more health problems in children. I've become the mean mom over the past couple years. My boys know that there will be NO TV until 1/2 hour before bedtime just to unwind. They have a couple video games, but aren't even allowed to play those on a daily basis. If they need a snack, which is pretty rare, they get fruit or a vegetable. Sounds good, right? You wouldn't believe the number of nasty looks (and sometimes even comments) I get from other adults for being so "mean" to my poor kids.
@dragon54u (31651)
• United States
17 Feb 09
You are a good mother! So many times we have to show our love by being "mean" but they always thank us for it later. I raised my boys the same way, they didn't even know what "Hostess" was before they entered kindergarten and the other kids had a bunch of junk in their lunchboxes. Those that didn't buy it, that is, I packed my boys' lunches because of the awful, fatty foods that the cafeteria served. Keep up the good work!
• Canada
18 Feb 09
Actually where I live, we almost have no kids with dieabetes and it is very rare to find come accross one. When I was in elementry school we only had one kid with diabetes. Some countires like dragon54u mentioned have loads of kids with diabetes... I dont think it is the parents fault because the kids have to control it by themselves... its just sugar and it can be controlled really easily if you put your mind to it and kids have to realise that!
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