Rising obesity among young set to worsen diabetes rate in Singapore
Rising obesity in children and young adults will push up the rate of diabetes in Singapore - already among the highest in the developed world - going by recent studies.
Professor Chia Kee Seng, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said 34 per cent of people aged 24 to 35 this year can expect to be diabetic by the time they are 65, based on projections.
Overall, diabetes rates have risen, from 8.6 per cent of the adult population in 1992 to 11.3 per cent in 2010. This would have gone up to 12.9 per cent by last year, said epidemiologists at the school under the National University of Singapore. They study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in the population.
Prof Chia told The Straits Times that obesity has been rising at a faster rate in people below age 40, and a major reason is "a big drop in physical activity" when people start working. He said: "It is important for those in their 20s to recognise that the dramatic lifestyle changes as they enter working life will have very significant health impact when they are in their 60s."
Although they become less active as working adults, most people continue to eat the same amount of food, or even more as they have higher disposable income.
To make matters worse, obesity in schoolchildren has risen - from 11 per cent in 2013 to 12 per cent in 2014, said the Education Ministry. In 2000, it was 10 per cent.
#1. Recently, I went 2 weeks in Panama an I made these observations;
- 99% of the people are overweight or obese ( tourists, and locals).
- all these people binge mainly on rice, pasta, potatoes and bread.
- green vegetables were rare on the menu and most people didn't take them when available (mainly locals people).
I had to go to salad bar to have green vegetables.
I ate mostly chicken (very good), fish ( very good) , pork and ground beef and of course eggs in the morning with passion fruit and papaya.
For the supper, I even ate cheese cake and crème caramel.
I ate too much for 2 weeks and I gained almost 4 pounds (probably mostly water) that I lost in few days when back home.
Right now I am even lighter than before my leaving!
Conclusion, a low carb diets is very powerful to maintain your weight even in vacation as long you know how to choose your meals.
#2. Might I also point out that what I observed was the Panamanians often indulging in drinking huge fruit smoothies (enormous servings of sweet fruit, liquified before their eyes in a blender, and served in a large glass with a straw). These smoothie quick serve places are situated everywhere in Panama. And their meals are accompanied by large corn tortilla cakes (large fat discs of cornmeal cakes, that were deep fried in vegetable oil). Those corn cakes are a carby nightmare marinated in inflammatory oils....complete health disaster.
"...nearly half the country’s monks are obese and suffering related health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
The expanding waistlines are largely filling out because of the donations to their daily diet, researchers concluded. For the alms often consist of drink juices, sweet tea, snacks and street foods – all laden with fat and sugar."
High sugar consumption is at the root cause of many ailments including low testosterone levels. When you over consume sugar which is very easy to do, you spike insulin levels which drives all the glucose out of your bloodstream. The extreme low blood sugar state will provoke you to eat even more sugar and the insidious cycle never ends.
The excess sugar intake will increased stored body fat faster than anything else. The more body fat you have, the higher the level of aromatase enzymes, and the greater the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
High sugar intake also increases levels of stress hormones which further inhibit optimal testosterone production.
Make no mistake about it, sugar is highly addictive and is a very difficult habit to break. Nevertheless, it is worth the trouble as it is one on the most important things you can do for overall health and natural testosterone production.
My friend Dr. Peter Rouse has his clients take a tablespoon of coconut oil in between meals to reduce sugar cravings. Supplementation with 5 http can also be useful for mitigating sugar cravings at 100-200mg daily.