Diabetes is a scourge of modern day living. Why are we not winning ?
This is a simple disease – type 2 that is perfectly PREVENTABLE and perfectly treatable and yet we are losing this battle left right and centre.
Dialysis, amputations, blindness abound and really should not.
WE have the tools but we do not have political will or the will of the people.
We live in an age where as humans we choose easy street time and time again. Easy street in eating, easy street in not exercising, easy street in unhealthy choices.
One hundred years ago we were skinny and ate half of what we do currently and guess what we had a almost nil type 2 problem. Fast forward to 2016 and the numbers are staggering (like a drunkard) – out of control.
For a disease that is preventable and treatable.
A sugar above 10 has an effect much like coke on the floor – everything becomes one sticky stuck together mess – that’s a poorly controlled diabetic’s body.
Keep your sugar below 10 and voila – no problems in fact, keep your sugar at target and you live longer than a non-diabetic !
Easy peasy lemon squeezy – but we are not doing it ?
I urge you to look after your body – the only one you have – check your sugar regularly -pick up diabetes early and treat it. Better still eat healthily and exercise and skip it. It is possible. It is really possible – however if you would rather just be fat and still – have some diabetes.
The brain is amazing – we all know this. However it is indeed more and more amazing the further we actually delve into it so to speak.
Our brains have endless connections we know this, but the extent is far greater than we ever thought. And the more you create connections – arborisation – lots of little broccoli chains – the better it functions, the more “healthy” it is and the easier it is to maintain ” brain health”.
Without a brain we are not human. Rice and mice etc have far fewer connections they also have far fewer glial cells. Now what are those? Glial cells are the “support” cells to the neurons. Before we thought that depression happened due to low transmitter levels and whilst this is true there is a lot more to the story. The glial or helper, support cells all play a role – a critical role in the homeostasis – healthy brain – this is brand new information.
Why is this important?? Well because we can now see that “inflammation” damages these glial cells and contributes to depression and other mental unwellness.
Why is this at all important. Well because the diabetes epidemic seems to be running along fairly parallel with the increase in depression that we see and perhaps the path towards both is similar. And also it means that preaching against fast food, rubbish, coke – the devil etc, becomes even more paramount.
It also means that exercise is a viable and excellent co-treatment modality. Yes I said exercise. It works even for depression.
This is actually super exciting because it means we have a means to tackle things like diabetes and depression right through from prevention to cure!
And we can all exercise and eat well. NO excuse! There are endless options on both fronts, unleash your creativity today and start to eat well and exercise.