Homo sapiens have evolved breakneck in the past 100 years than how it would have likely to be with natural selection. The human thinking and wanting now is so much than how it was with our ancestors few years ago; the food we eat, the lifestyle we live, and even the dreams we dream. In this rapidly changing world, human health is deteriorating much higher than the availability of new medicines. Such great health complications evolved within the past 40-50 years ago due to the environmental, behavioral and consumer changes. For instance, what we eat today has raised many health complications such as obesity, coronary heart diseases, diabetes and more. However, the real threat to the society now visible as the younger generation are more prone to be engulfed with these health complications at young age. On this brief, there will be a summary of one such health complication focused on two main continents; childhood diabetes in Africa and parts of Asia. It will illustrate some surveyors carried out, how food we consume is leading to child diabetes, and what can we do to prevent this catastrophe.
African children suffer mainly from type I diabetes or insulin- dependent diabetes. This is a chronic condition where insulin production in the pancreas is negligible or nil. Statistics show that more than 50% of the population in Africa is suffering either one form of diabete. Rapid urbanization, change of food consumed, certain virus attacks at young age, and other genetic factors may be few of many causes. One the other hand, the story is different when it comes to south and east Asia. In the past, the obesity is not very common disease in Asia. Hence, their genes are not susceptible for such external pressure. However, with the globalization in Asia during recent years, it shows that quality of life has significantly improved. The number of young obese people have increased, which parallel up with number of young diabetes found in Asia. Youth-onset type II diabetes is more abundant in Asia. This type of diabete has a unique morphological character where it got a rapid decline of beta-cell receptors (insulin- receptors).
Due to the lack of awareness and proper health care, large amount of money is spent annually for diabetic treatments. Early identifications would have saved much health complications in young children in Africa and Asia. Furthermore, diabetes may induce other health issues such as heart diseases, nerve damage, kidney failure, eye damage, skin conditions, and osteoporosis. Billion dollars are invested by large pharmaceutical companies each year to decrease or control these issues. However, it should be taken note that this genetic change is by acquired mutation, hence, it should be controlled mostly by awareness programs. In schools young children should be educated with this matter, physical exercises should be a compulsory for each students, and other enhancement programs. Parents can monitors children’s activities by decreasing the time spend on TV, video games and other static activities. Every 2-3 months blood samples should be tested for monitoring purpose. We are still not too late to save our kids before the diabete monster engulf completely.
“People with high blood pressure, diabetes - those are conditions brought about by lifestyle. If you change the lifestyle, those conditions will leave.” (Dick Gregory)