Saturday November 14th was World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) defines diabetes as follows:
"Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, that acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells in the body to produce energy. All carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose in the blood. Insulin helps glucose get into the cells.
During the October half term holidays, a mum appeared on breakfast TV’s “This Morning” show, under the name of ‘Jane’. She was there to support proposals for an annual school health check to detect obesity as early as possible.
Jane’s real name turned out to be Sam and her six year old boy, Kardel, was the reason Sam was supportive of the idea of an MoT. Sam thought that such a checkup could prevent other families from getting into the same situation as she found herself: with a six year old who weighed eight stone.*
The World Health Organisation (WHO), meat and cancer was today’s note, issued early because it was so topical. I’m delighted to say that the Mail on Sunday gave me the opportunity to share much of the note in this article – many thanks to Barney Calman. I also got a mention in Oliver Thring’s very informative article here. I didn’t know that one third of the WHO review group did not support the findings!