|Source: The National 29 May 2014|
Diabetes has been in the news for the last several days in the UAE. The results from the Gates Foundation, 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study are out and it is not pretty. According to an article in The National over 66% of men and 60% of women in the UAE are overweight or obese. This is huge.
Locals have had one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world for some time now, and are genetically prone to the disease. Other studies do not single out the UAE, but the entire Gulf region. Countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi also have very high incidences of diabetes. Most of these studies focus on Type 2 as a result of lifestyle. Something can be done. We are Type 1, not so lucky, but we can manage. We manage.
Regardless of Type 1 or 2, there is a lot to be said for healthy eating and exercise. There is no better cure, or weight management methodology. For parents out there with children that have the potential to be Type 2, I promise that you do not want this disease in your life.
It is not fair for a child to have to prick themselves many times a day to check their blood sugar and deal with injections, or pump insertion site changes among the many other things. And if not managed correctly, the potential complications are too awful to consider.
Please brainwash your children early about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle with exercise and balanced eating. Everything in moderation.
I am not perfect, and I cave to the occasional cupcake or back of chips. We're only human, but we can't be that "human" every day. I strive to eat healthy and exercise. I try to make my son even more aware as I know it is in his best interest.
Last week as we drove past one of the most popular names in fast food he said to me, "You know what? Their chicken nuggets are mdae from rat heads."
I always tell him that place is unhealthy, and I cringe when it shows up at a birthday party. Outside of our ice cream addition, we do not eat there. However, I never mentioned rat heads. Apparently, someone's brother saw it on YouTube, so of course it must be true.
I am always honest, but I didn't debate this one. I just let that one go and admitted that I was uninformed about the rat heads. If he believes that fast food is made from rat heads, then so be it.
Action must be taken now. The world is late to act on this subject. Cigarettes are heavily taxed or plastered with ugly images of black lungs in some countries. Perhaps we should consider to do the same with fast food - tax it heavily and find some rat head stickers.