It is staggering to know that Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in the Western world. An estimated 1 in 15 people has Type 2 diabetes in the UK. That means 3.7 million people suffer with this disease. Which is equal to 10% of the NHS budget! How long is it going to take for us to realize that in most cases Type 2 Diabetes is self-inflicted through inappropriate diet, lack of exercise, and in many instances stress? This means Type 2 diabetes is completely reversible.
Suffers of diabetes, if left untreated or not taken seriously can cause many serious complications, such as amputation of limbs and/or loss of eye sight due to high volumes of glucose circulating in the blood like toxic waste. Medication does get the disease under control, but so can a sensible plan which combines dietary and lifestyle changes.
Why is the number of cases for diabetes increasing? There are several reasons for this. One of the first, if not the first is the fact that we have become more sedentary over the last few decades. Digitalization of our lives has made us more efficient in many ways. In fact life revolves around communicating digitally. We spend a lot of time sitting in a chair and communicating on line at work, and then again at home. In addition from the comfort of our own homes, we shop and order meals on line, not needing to go anywhere. The result, we move far less which means we are not burning off calories that we consume.
This leads to the second reason – what we eat? In the West, we eat out more, we eat more fast food, more processed foods and more sugar, through both unknown presence in “ready foods” and conscious additions to foods and drinks we consume. The result – 66% men and 57% women become obese leading to poor health, poor performance and potentially Type 2 Diabetes.
Visceral fat, the fat associated with obesity is the fat that accumulates around the organs including the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin and controlling blood glucose levels. It stands to reason that if the pancreas is struggling due to visceral fat, blood glucose levels will rise dangerously high.
Would you run a business without “Smart” goals? Probably not? Therefore, managing health is like managing a business – set goals, make a plan, and then work towards your goals measuring your progress at regular intervals. Your plan should include targets for changing lifestyle to include movement, eating healthily on foods in their most natural form, cutting out sugary and processed foods, and being disciplined around portion size as well as the number of alcohol units consumed on a weekly basis.
The Hidden Epidemic, Matt Rudd