A lot of the stuff we consume, both food (solid) and beverages (liquid), either help us attain longevity or accelerates our ageing process. Because of what we consume, we either become stronger or fall sick often and erode our immune system and in some unfortunate cases this may eventually lead to an untimely death!
Though there is nothing wrong with giving in to those unhealthy cravings we so often have once in a very long while, it is important to remember that our food choices either make us or break us. Awareness on what we allow to enter our bodies can save us from a lot of hospital bills and grief. We will have to go into much detail in what foods kill us and what foods heal us in a future article. For now we shall scratch on the surface on some of the repercussions of poor diet choices.
I’m sure we all would love to grow old and have the opportunity to see our offspring grow and have children of their own too. Though not guaranteed but surely one of the ways we can help ourselves is by looking after ourselves. Of Course there are those unfortunate circumstances that then occur which are beyond our control that prevent us from progressing into old age, but what is certainly in our control are our food choices.
Here is a bit of insight, ….
- Approximately 463 million adults (20-79 years) were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 700 million
- The proportion of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in most countries
- 79% of adults with diabetes were living in low- and middle-income countries
- 1 in 5 of the people who are above 65 years old have diabetes
- 1 in 2 (232 million) people with diabetes were undiagnosed
- Diabetes caused 4.2 million deaths
- Diabetes caused at least USD 760 billion dollars in health expenditure in 2019 – 10% of total spending on adults
- More than 1.1 million children and adolescents are living with type 1 diabetes
- More than 20 million live births (1 in 6 live births) are affected by diabetes during pregnancy
- 374 million people are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes”
…. And this is just diabetes alone!.
Orphan -hood through poor diet choices.
According to UNICEF, almost 10,000 children become orphans every day. According to internationally accepted figures, there are at least 140 million orphans in the world. Given the fact that there is so much compelling evidence showing that there are millions of more orphans not included in official statistics, there is no doubt that this number is actually much higher.
It is important to note that our choices when it comes to what we consume, affects not only us, but also those whom we love and those who love us. Let us then become more conscious about what we feed into our bodies and how much of it. Let us get smarter on living wholesome lives, if not for ourselves then let us do it for those who we will burden with hospital bills or those we risk living behind.
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