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Some big-time news hit this week which I just had to talk about, so I’ll “save” the discussion of Balance in Life for the next week or so.
The BBC reports diabetes on a massive scale has surfaced in China. The country has even more diabetics than India, by a wide margin. Both of these billion-person countries are surpassed, percentage-wise, only by the United States, and Asia is expected to be the source of huge numbers of new diabetics in the next 2 decades. Why does this still have to happen?!
The Chinese government is NOT doing what they need to educate people and to help them make responsible choices.
China faces this massive diabetes epidemic now, as almost one in 10 adults have the disease while most cases remain undiagnosed, researchers have said. With a society whose main carbohydrate (white rice) is a very high-glycemic substance and with little education about alcohol’s effects or smoking cigarette’s harm, this should have been expected.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the study showed diabetes was more endemic than previously thought, and the statistics suggest China has at least 90 million diabetics (double that of India), and that there are at least 150 million more (that would make nearly 25% of the population, and ahead of US % numbers). Then, there are those already in the pipeline as pre-diabetic, who are not being counted in China at all, yet.
What a catastrophe in the making!
Sociologically, rapid economic growth has affected public health, through urbanization from a harsh agrarian life; it has changed diets in a country where many previously starved. Affluence or factory jobs have led to more sedentary lifestyles than the energy expended by rural, agrarian workers, researchers said. And, frankly, the affluence and poor choices like increased alcohol and cigarette consumption in China just worsens everything tremendously.
These numbers represent a major public health problem for the authorities in Beijing.
Mainstream medicine likes to think that diabetes is a major factor in illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, but, as you know by now, I think they all have the same “root causes”:
___ pH imbalance in body tissues (too much acidity)
___ not enough energy expenditure and thereby inefficient metabolism
___ poor glycemic-range food choice and too much “food” without nutrition
___ stress causing hormonal imbalance
___ ecological pollution causing cellular pollution.
Yang Wenying, one of the report’s 20 authors, who is head of endocrinology at Beijing’s China-Japan Friendship Hospital, said in the last 10 years “China’s economic development has gone from a situation of not being able to eat enough, of poverty, to having enough food and warm clothes, and doing much less exercise”.
The impact of China’s massive ecological pollution remains to be studied, but certainly the massive poisoning of China’s land will reap a bitter harvest. A person has to strive for an unpolluted system in order to be Healthy, and that may be impossible now potentially for generations in China. A decade of “development” at the cost of millions of lives. Poor choice in my opinion.
The International Diabetes Association reports that the United Kingdom has a very low incidence of diabetes among industrialized nations, with Japan following (but their incidence is expected to rise of the next decade more than the UK’s – so the gap will widen, again due to affluence and tantalizing non-native food choices).
Numbers of diabetics in India, China and the United States will all rise in the two decades, with America still leading the pack, by 2 percentage points – expecting 12% of Americans to be diabetics by 2030, unless our in-place education finally clicks in, and still-to-be-legislated laws start to protect the safety and nutrition of our food supply better.
Frankly, I think these numbers are totally unacceptable, and no country is going to be able to deal with a public health issue like that.
Education is the only answer, on a personal level, and getting predatory pharmaceutical companies and junk-food and processed-food companies out of our markets is the other.
___ “neutralize” the prepared food industry and personally return to (mostly) fresh or frozen, basic, healthy, natural foods which have not been stripped of nutrients
___ foster and support healthy, organic farming and the safety of our natural world
All of these endeavors are SO big in scope that governments must be engaged and organized and then, by carrot-or-stick, produce the legislation which promotes and protects Health.
For China, we must advocate on behalf of the Chinese people’s rights to freely access information on the internet. Even though Google has moved its “search” facility to Hong Kong, most people in China will not really be able to access it due to Chinese government firewalls. It will take years for the Chinese government to get diabetes education in place in China, even if it makes that a priority, when they could use the internet’s resources for those who have access and thereby, potentially save many lives.
Alternative, traditional Chinese medicine should also be relied upon to build up and support Health for all people and especially diabetics and pre-diabetics.
China needs to start investing some of its brain-power into research and investment in Health. It just is NOT innovative or doing its “fair share”.
That’s true and needed in all spheres of endeavor. So far, China has mostly traded and cashed-in on other people’s ideas using low-wage workers to undercut other countries’ abilities to produce items at fair costs.
Returning to the current issue, the Chinese study was based on a representative sample of more than 46,000 adults (aged 20 years or older) from 14 provinces and municipalities, so it is rather comprehensive in scope.
Last year, US research teams suggested that diabetes is becoming a global problem, and that more than 60% of all new cases will likely to occur in Asia.
Help change that! All of our children deserve a healthy future and parents who are healthy, too!
And, while we are in the midst of the Easter candy-frenzy, please don’t “hook” another generation on candy and non-nutritious “food”! One day, and it’s emphasis on fun, can have lasting repercussions. You know I feel the same way about Halloween. It’s imperative to teach children (and relearn it ourselves) to have fun disengaged from sugary or fatty foods. Your future and your children’s future Health is in your hands right now, day by day. Make a better Life.
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