Experts believe that resisting junk food is the way to stop diabetes

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Diabetes and cancer has something in common, both of them are uncommunicable disease.  Now, more than ever doctors are advising people to eat healthy food such as fruits and vegetables.  “Policies that increase availability of nutritious and healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables should be promoted,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director at an event to mark this year’s World Diabetes Day recently.

If possible stores those people selling such should increase the price of food high in fat to reduce consumption. People are encourage to have a healthy lifestyle from an early stage.  Being active will save some problem in the long run and thus should be promoted to people at an early age.

Most people found it hard to resist junk foods and these are among their reasons:

  1. Food cues. If you smelled something good while walking on the streets, you would tend to buy those immediate street foods that you see and this is because the hormonegherlin stimulates the brain, which means that we notice food cues more. Researchers have also found that our brains pay more attention to cues for unhealthy foods – those which are high in sugar and fat – than healthy foods, when we are hungry.
  2. Forbidden foods are more tempting. Diet force you to give up the most pleasurable foods.  Researchers have found that we will crave it – and even have a greater desire to consume the forbidden item than if we have not been deprived.
  3. The “what-the-hell” effect. Diet plan is a great way to control what you want to eat. But rigid dieting rules are problematic, as any eating behavior that does not rely on the physiological signals of hungerincreases the risk of overeating. Another problem with dieting rules is that only a small violation – a sneaky slice of cake, for example – is enough to derail the whole diet. Researchers call this the “what-the-hell effect” – and it has been demonstrated in a number of laboratory experiments.

In Africa, the WHO and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) believes that the population of people with diabetes will double by the next 25 years. Health experts believe that this has something to do with the combined effects of rapid urbanization, changing eating habits, increase in life expectancy and environmental changes.

Furthermore, diabetes has become one of the largest chronic epidemics of the 21st century ahead of HIV and AIDS with Africa leading the pack of new infections as people’s lifestyles continue to change. They warn on the need for people to watch on their exercise patterns and eating habits.

“We are alarmed by both the magnitude of the problem, the speed at which diabetes has evolved, and how poorly health systems are responding,” said one health expert in a report on diabetes in Africa. And because diabetes is a risk factor for other catastrophic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure, its increasing prevalence could propel a huge wave of chronic disease in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Based on the latest statistics from the IDF, the number of people that got be diagnosed with diabetes across the globe will double by 2040 with Africa set to lead the new infections. Dr Moeti said obesity was on the rise in Africa and largely to blame for increasing diabetes cases. In Africa, the number of children who are overweight or obese has nearly doubled since 1990, increasing from 5.4 million to 10.3 million.

Those who were overweight children would have a hard time to change their ways as they grew up thus would become overweight adults when they are older. In the African region, in 2014, it was estimated that 22.9 percent of men and 38.6 percent of women above the age of 18 were obese. Dr Moeti attributed the growing numbers of overweight to poor diets and being physically inactive. She urged African governments to put in place strict measures to protect people from consuming unhealthy foods.

175 000 Zimbabweans die from diabetes mellitus complications every year and over half of these are women. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women worldwide, causing 2.1 million deaths each year. And health experts say that is the result of socio-economic conditions girls and women with diabetes have poor access to cost effective early detection, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Zimbabwe Diabetes Association (ZDA)’s Dr John Mangwiro noted that women should eat healthy foods and take contraceptives wisely as a way of preventing diabetes effects. “Nearly half of the women living with diabetes are not aware of it and it is mostly triggered by foods they consume and contraceptives they take,” he said.

Sources: The Herald, Honey Coach