When a man applied for a job at the railway station, he was asked, “Suppose you saw a train coming from the east at 100 miles per hour. Then, you noticed a train coming from the west at 100 miles per hour. The trains are both on the same track and just a quarter of a mile apart. What would you do?” The man replied, “I’d run and get my brother.” “Why would you ever do that at such a critical time?” he was asked. The man replied, “Because my brother’s never seen a train wreck."
Today, diabetes and its complications make a perfect medical train wreck. According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds a new person with diabetes is diagnosed in North America. Can you imagine the hue and cry if there were a new case of SARS or measles diagnosed every 40 seconds?
Five percent of North Americans are diabetic. One child in five born today will become a diabetic. The dollars required to care for these patients is mind-boggling, eventually decimating our health care system. So can you decrease the risk of becoming a diabetes statistic?
First, everyone must get “scared as hell” about gaining weight. Excess weight not only sets the stage for diabetes, it also triggers a series of other health problems. For instance, heart disease is listed as the number one killer. But often it’s the fat that’s killing them.
Next, be “scared as hell” about packaged foods. Since most of us are no longer down on the farm, packaged foods have now become a way of life. So, develop the habit of never buying packaged food without looking at the label. You will be surprised at the number of calories present per serving. Until everyone starts thinking calories, the battle of the bulge will never be won. Most people need about 1,800 calories a day.
Also get “scared as hell” about other calories, the 14 teaspoons of sugar present in a piece of cherry pie and eight teaspoons of sugar in a soft drink. I’m sure readers would conclude I needed a psychiatrist if I poured this amount of sugar into a glass of water. But this is what kids have been drinking for years. And since many morning cereals contain 50% sugar, I tell my grandchildren it’s safer to eat the box!
It’s naive to expect that the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes will suddenly end. That would require either a famine, a major public health assault on obesity, or millions of people getting “scared as hell.” I don’t see this happening.
The great tragedy is that too many people look on diabetes simply as a problem with an excessive amount of blood sugar. They fail to realize the primary cause is narrowed atherosclerotic arteries that gradually choke off blood supply to vital organs. The most appalling example of this tragedy is what is happening to First Nations patients in Manitoba. Because of diabetes and reduced blood supply to the legs, 90% of leg amputations are performed on First Nations.
But looking at other diabetes patients in North America, diminished blood flow makes them 25 times more prone to blindness and 17 times more likely to be attached to renal dialysis machines due to destroyed kidneys.
Narrowed arteries in diabetes patients also carry less blood to the heart’s muscle. This is why 50% of diabetes patients die of coronary attack.
Aging is also responsible for narrowed atherosclerotic arteries. But Dr. Sydney Bush, an English researcher, has shown that diabetes patients and the rest of us can restore normal blood flow by taking high concentrations of vitamin C and lysine. It’s recently become available as a powder called Medi-C Plus and is available in Health Food Stores.
Unfortunately, neither diabetes patients nor others are aware of this product since its proven results have gone unrecognized by doctors.
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