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Half Thais know they have diabetes

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Half Thais know they have diabetes

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BANGKOK: Half of the Thai people afflicted with diabetes do not know they have the ailments, said Dr Petch Rod-aree, secretary-general of Diabetes Association of Thailand, on Friday.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 387 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. As for Thailand, 6.9 percent of Thai men above 15 are afflicted with diabetes, 10.1 percent of Thais aged 45-59 are afflicted; and 3.4 percent of people aged 30-44 are afflicted.

But half of these people do not know they have diabetes, said Dr Petch.

He blamed obesity as the major cause of diabetes. A recent survey shows that 30 percent of Thai men and 40 women of Thai women are overweight hence putting them at risk of becoming obese.

However, he pointed out that the risk could reduce if they keep exercising on regular basis, change their lifestyle and eating habits.

“Everyone can protect themselves from getting diabetes by exercising on regular basis, reporting for regular medical checkups and adopting healthy eating,” he suggested.

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/half-thais-know-they-have-diabetes

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-- Thai PBS 2015-11-13

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Well, at my school, the kids are prohibited from buying coke and sprite (only teachers can buy them).

But, it is ok to buy their milo, bread poured with condensed milk, cakes and cookies, and sticks with sweets on them and and and...

Sigh.

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there's "ice" in ice coffee, but the other stuff ain't mostly coffee... and not seen as such a bad habit. this in a world increasingly of simple platitudes on every subject under the sun, instead of thinking. another one alcohol. it's as if any amount is bad for you, and some amount surely is... but ice coffee... heh.... nothing wrong with that! ho ho ho!!!

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" Half of the Thai people afflicted with diabetes do not know they have the ailments..."

And even if they did know, that would not stop them from consuming large amounts of sugar and other simple carbohydrates. It would not prevent them from fattening their kids in the warped perception that an obese child somehow equates to prosperity, and brings much face to the family. It never ceases to amaze me how people make such a fuss over obese children and tell them how cute they are, thus reinforcing their unhealthy lifestyle. Compound the unhealthy diet with children riding motorbikes as soon as they are physically able, and then playing video games all day instead of getting even a minimal amount of exercise, and you have the makings of a future epidemic greater than what we have today.

For whatever reason, science and education do not seem to trump old wives tales and age old superstitions about what is healthy. Do not expect this trend of obesity and resulting diabetes to go away soon.

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Being overweight is a symptom of diabetes isn't it ?

I think the issue is one of detection, when they realise someone has a long running case of diabetes type 2 it's probably been there to some extent for many years, hence the weight gain.

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It's sugar stupid! The coca-colonisation of the population. Too many sugary drinks (try buying sugar free sodas), too much sugar used in cooking, sugar in bread, etcetc.

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Sugar is only a part of the diabetic picture, carbohydrate heavy meals, the wrong types of carbohydrates, a sedentary lifestyle and obesity all contribute to the problem.

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It's sugar stupid! The coca-colonisation of the population. Too many sugary drinks (try buying sugar free sodas), too much sugar used in cooking, sugar in bread, etcetc.

No. 'Sugar-free' sodas have aspartame or fructose corn syrup. The rise in diabetes and epidemic of obesity follows the introduction of these toxic chemicals. Now difficult to avoid them.

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“Everyone can protect themselves from getting diabetes by exercising on regular basis, reporting for regular medical checkups and adopting healthy eating,” he suggested.

I watched this documentary called 'Fed UP' literally yesterday. It's premise is that diet is actually much, much more important than exercise. Sugars and simple carbs are poison.

Anyone who wants to shed a few pounds the easy way could try the diet I have been on for 2 months. Fruit, vegetables, chicken, fish and nuts. Nothing out of a can, box or bottle. You will be sick for a day or two as your body adjusts to not having that sugar but after that you will feel great. No need to be hungry on this diet, and the nature of the hunger itself is different, as your blood sugar will remain steadier. I have lost 25 pounds in 2 months on this diet without much exercise, and I eat whenever I am hungry.

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For a misleading headline that about takes the biscuit! "Half Thais know they have diabetes". What they should have said is that half the Thais who have diabetes know it, implying that half those who are diabetic do not know it - a long way from half Thais (more than 30 million people) having diabetes!

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The headline is grossly mesleading.

Half Thais know they have diabetes

is not the same as

Half Thais who have diabetes don't know they have diabetes

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And Thai buyers of commodities only recently bought an absolute mountain of sugar on the world market due to the low prices.

No doubt this will all end up in every single food that is sold, along with the massive amount of MSG, that makes you eat more.

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Well, at my school, the kids are prohibited from buying coke and sprite (only teachers can buy them). But, it is ok to buy their milo, bread poured with condensed milk, cakes and cookies, and sticks with sweets on them and and and... Sigh.

I was just in Hua Hin walking around just as a big school was letting students out for the day. Just outside the school was a looooooong line of vendors selling all sorts of crap. We were shocked. Lots of sugary stuff, including tables loaded with all sorts of pop drinks. Red, green, blue, etc. No Coke, no brand name drinks.

Many tables selling all sorts of deep fried junk. Even deep fried hot dogs! Unreal.

And of course, lots of fat kids walking around. It was truly shocking. Pretty much every kid we saw had some sort of junk food in their hand. The one and only cart selling fruit had zero customers.

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It's sugar stupid! The coca-colonisation of the population. Too many sugary drinks (try buying sugar free sodas), too much sugar used in cooking, sugar in bread, etcetc.

No. 'Sugar-free' sodas have aspartame or fructose corn syrup. The rise in diabetes and epidemic of obesity follows the introduction of these toxic chemicals. Now difficult to avoid them.

fructose corn syrup is sugar....so a sugar free something has no fructose.

Aspartame is for sure more healthy than sugar...but I don't get why people need so much sweet. Buy soda water instead and squeeze a lemon in it....

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"He blamed obesity as the major cause of diabetes"

No wonder, he's not going to tell you it is the sugar in the diet. Processed carbohydrates lead to insuline resistance which will make you fat. Diabetes type 2 will follow because of the insuline resistance of your body. IOW, you are now carbohydrate intolerant. It can be reversed but not if they look at it this way. Cut the carbs, eat more healthy fats!

Go have a look at every Thai school. Sugar Rules!

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