My concern is diabetes type 2. When we eat food, our body breaks down carbs to give glucose, which stimulate the secretion of insulin from the pancreas to help cells in absorbing the needed glucose. In diabetes Type 2, the cells cannot respond properly to insulin - a state called insulin resistance. Thus glucose stays high in the blood, cells don't get to have their need of glucose and the body keeps on making more insulin yet no response! Eventually with long term, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, the pancreas will reduce the amount of insulin it produces.
In 1992, an estimation of the prevalence of diabetes type 2 in Lebanon was at 7-8% and it rose to reach 16% in a study published year 2005! On the other hand, a very recent study showed that among Lebanese school students, glucose levels were significantly higher in overweight versus normal weight individuals with around 9 % of the normal weight group had hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels ) while among those who were overweight 37 % had hyperglycemia!
If you are suspicious that you, your parents (they tend to be neglectful about their own health) or your child is showing diabetic symptoms, don't neglect this. It is preventable, diagnosable and manageable and the earlier the better!
More info and sources: Mayo Clinic Web MD American Diabetic Association
National Diabetes Information
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