World diabetes day 2016, saving heart and brain
World diabetes day, 14 November 2016, offers a chance to reflect on a silent, dangerous pathology, growing without symptoms to seriously damage the health, if not seen to. It erodes arteries from inside and causes their thickening and obstruction, raising risks of heart attacks and strokes.
The most common form is type 2 diabetes (T2D), where excess sugar in the blood is caused by a bad lifestyle: wrong food habits and sedentary life, in turn causing being overweight.
The close obesity – diabetes link is known: the two new world health emergencies travel in parallel to ‘advanced’ countries and those where economic development coincides with the awful trend of eating more but badly. What is now clear is the trigger effect following consumption of high-calorie food with excess satured fat, sugar and sodium (junk food) as opposed to the preventive efficiency of a healthy, balanced life style, like the typical Mediterranean diet.