Type 2 Diabetes in Women A Present Day Health Threat

How Type 2 Diabetes in Women A Present Day Health Threat

The newest group to be fearing the threat of type 2 diabetes is young women in their late twenties and early thirties and according to the ‘Diabetes Defense’, “this condition is growing at a scary rate” although it is a most preventable disease.

What may be surprising about this situation, is that, a person may not be obese or have any noticeable symptoms of the disease. Very “healthy-looking” and the emphasis is on healthy looking, young women have been caught by the element that is responsible for the onset of diabetes — the consumption of too much sugar.

There is much research that shows that fat without carbs and carbs without fat usually do not cause health problems. The problems evolve with the addition of too much sugar. So Carbs and too much sugar and Fats and too much sugar can be dangerous to one’s health. But, why is this? For most people, there is much care taken to limit the amount of sugar used in the morning teas or coffee. So, how is it that there is too much sugar in the body.

It has been proved to come from the processed foods on the shelves of food stores. It is alarming, the amount of sugar found in most processed foods. Here’s what has happened over time. Dr. Lustig, one of the most vocal researchers on this subject has called sugar a toxic poison. This doctor argues that because of the way our bodies break down glucose and fructose, sugar acts like a poison would.

When there is excess fructose in the body, the liver has no choice but to turn the energy into liver fat which which causes a number of diseases among which is diabetes. But one of the problems is the number of things that contain sugar for which there is very little knowledge. For example most processed foods contain sugars; even foods that we do not suspect. Another problem is the labeling that measures sugar in grams instead of in teaspoons. For general information, four grams of sugar equals on teaspoon.

Without knowing it, who would have imagined that in a can of Coke there are 10 teaspoons of sugar and a Healthy Choice microwave chicken dinner would contain five and a half teaspoons of sugar. I was amazed by this fact.

In a study published in the journal of the American Heart Association, the author identified a link between drinking more than one can of Pop or soft drink a day and a heightened risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Evidence Show Type 2 Diabetes in Women A Present Day Health Threat

Here is a list that shows the amount of sugar in many breakfast cereals (per 100 grams)

Be careful what children are fed. The onset of diabetes may begin very early as a result of the breakfasts we give to children.

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Cheerios – 1.1 teaspoons of sugar
Corn Flakes – 2.4 teaspoons of sugar
Cocoa Krispies – 9.6 teaspoons of sugar
Froot Loops – 10.6 teaspoons of sugar
Raisin Bran – 7.8 teaspoons of sugar
Frosted Flakes – 8.9 teaspoons of sugar
Honey Smacks – 14 teaspoons of sugar
Rice Krispies – 2.5 teaspoons of sugar
Special K – 3 teaspoons of sugar
Wheaties – 3.8 teaspoons of sugar
Trix – 8 teaspoons of sugar
Lucky Charms – 9 teaspoons of sugar
Rice Chex – 2 teaspoons of sugar
Wheat Chex – 2.6 teaspoons of sugar
Corn Chex – 2.8 teaspoons of sugar
Honey Nut Cheerios – 8.25 teaspoons of sugar
Reese’s Puffs – 8.9 teaspoons of sugar
Golden Grahams – 8.8 teaspoons of sugar
Cocoa Puffs – 9.3 teaspoons of sugar
Cookie Crisp – 8.7 teaspoons of sugar
Shredded Wheat – 0.1 teaspoons of sugar
Cocoa Pebbles – 8.6 teaspoons of sugar
Banana Nut Crunch – 4.7 teaspoons of sugar


Much evidence shows that soft drinks contain a large amount of sugar.

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And Lastly:

With high sugar content, chocolate should always be viewed as an occasional treat.

Milk chocolate bar (44g) – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar
Snickers bar (57g) – 7 teaspoons of sugar
Milky Way bar (58g) – 8.5 teaspoons of sugar
Marshmallows (100g) – 14.5 teaspoons of sugar
Caramel piece (10g) – 1.7 teaspoons of sugar
Butterfinger bar (60g) – 6.9 teaspoons of sugar
Dove chocolate bar (37g) – 5 teaspoons of sugar
Starburst packet (45 grams) – 5.5 teaspoons of sugar
Twix bar – 2.75 teaspoons of sugar
M&Ms packet (45 grams) – 5.75 teaspoons of sugar
Boiled sweets bag (100 grams) – 11.5 teaspoons of sugar

How much sugar do chocolates and candy contain?
Chocolate bar

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Children May Not Be Engaged at School

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I met a nine year old boy a few days ago, and like me, I asked him how school was that day and he replied that is was good. I went on to inquire if he had learned anything that day at school and he said that he had not.

The same boy came by the next day riding his bicycle and remembering what transpired the previous day, I thought that I would have a second go at finding out if he was serious about what he said to me the previous day. So, I called him to me and asked if he had been to school and he said that he had been. I again went on to ask if he had learned anything. He thought for a moment and said, “not much”.

Every child in Ontario schools has at least 6 hours of instructional time each day. When a child cannot say definitively that he has learned anything during that 6 hour period of time or that he has not learned much, we have a problem. How is it that in 6 hours, a child is not able to be engaged to the extent that he can learn something new or expand upon what was learned previously? How is it that a child can spend 6 hours in class, receiving instruction and at the end of the day cannot recall the instruction he received? How is it that a child can go to school and not be excited about the new information that he received that makes him more connected with increased knowledge about life and the world and how it works?

I have often asked children what they have learned at school and the answer is very typical to those I got from this boy whom I had met for the first time. Children seem not to remember what they were taught or that they weren’t taught much. If this is indeed true; if the answers this boy gave to me are true, it is safe to say that we had a problem; a big problem with schooling.

childrenI have no intention of laying blame whatsoever. However, I believe that there is a need to look more closely at the way education is being done today. The ultimate goal should be to ensure that learning takes place. I know that many, if not all who are involved in schools will say that they believe that all children can learn. And if that is the case, everything should be done; indeed must be done to ensure that learning takes place and I believe that it can begin at the point of engaging every student. Begin at their point of need and with gentle tenderness move them along at a pace that ensures their personal progress.

I have not done anything scientific to arrive at what I am about to say. But, as I recall some of what I say going on in Classrooms when I was a school principal, I realized the scary fact that a child can spend 6 hours in a classroom and have less than 1 hour of real learning. If you look at all of the distractions, interruptions, and other factors that detract from the teaching and learning experience, what is found to be occurring within that 6 hours of classroom learning activities, would be alarmingly disheartening.

Every parent would do well to find out what occurs at school every day of a child’s life. It is not only important to know, it is necessary for the child’s well-being. And is is particularly necessary for children who learn differently. Whenever I speak to parents about education, I often encourage them to work at home with their children. If the story at the beginning is true, it is all the more necessary for parents to support learning at home.

Here are a few things that every parent can do:
-In conversation with your child, ask open-ended questions (the idea is to encourage children to think; remember that there are no right or wrong answer).
-Allow children choices (again, they will think and then choose; keeps the mind active).
-Encourage creativity (allow art, music and movement, dictation, retelling stories and creating new ones). On long trips my children and I did chain stories.
-Build language skills in as many areas of life as possible (through conversations with each other and adults, word games such as scrabble, reading stories by themselves and listening to stories read to them, learning nursery rhymes, singing, dramatic play, introduction of new words whenever possible and on various occasions, create a writing center at home with word cards and writing materials).