Diabetes, a food pyramid and renewable energy

Paying attention

A friend of mine was this week diagnosed with diabetes. He was overweight, drinking lots of water, having dizzy spells, and had been ignoring the symptoms for a while. In my own experience, with various digestive problems, for years I ignored or justified the ever more noticeable symptoms as overwork, or something I’d experienced for so long I no longer noticed it.

Yet when we return to health, and the symptoms go away, it’s remarkable how we could have accepted them for so long. If you’re not in great health, something is wrong – don’t accept second-best!

Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common, yet relatively easy to reverse with a good diet. With 40 per cent of South African women qualifying as obese, mostly eating diets high in sugar and starch, there are predictions that as many as one in every two or three women in the country will be diabetic at some stage in their lives.

Foods and herbs that are particularly good for blood sugar levels and diabetics include oats, cinnamon (which has a startling effect on minimising the impact of sugar when taken at the same time), berries, lentils, beans, green vegetables and raw food in general. Foods to be avoided by diabetics or those at risk include sugar, refined starches, and foods with a high glycaemic load.

This week’s video and a food pyramid

Dr Weil is a well-known US medical doctor, nutritionist and author. In this week’s video he talks about skin care products, his new health pyramid, released this year, the “middle way”, politics, meditation and health in general. View the video here.

His interactive food pyramid is also available on his website.

Renewable energy

There’s been a surge in investment into renewable energy, and last year marked an important milestone. For the first time, renewable energy attracted more investment than conventional dirty energy, leading to hopes that the tipping point has finally been reached.

Interestingly, much of the increased investment has come from the developing world. While Europe is the source of most investment, developing countries, including China and India, now invest more into renewable energy than the United States. Perhaps it’s no surprise that under US president Bush, investment in renewable energy has been on the decline, but perhaps, with the new optimism and a new president who’s stated his intention to develop the green economy, that may change.

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Have a great week,
the Ethical Co-op team

Comment ( 1 )

  1. Jaye Marno

    Hmm. That food pyramid looks similar to the one recommended by the ADA. I have to wonder at the preponderance of carbohydrates in the bottom five blocks, since diabetes is a disease of "carbohydrate intolerance". The one or two servings of proteins a week also seems unusual to me, but I must confess to being a devotee of the low-carb, hi-protein diet for controlling diabetes. I will be interested to see if and how well this dietary recommendation works out in further studies.