Letter: The answer is in our own hands

Last updated 12:00 21/11/2012

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OPINION: In 42 years of nursing, I did learn some things (Diabetic now paying heavy price for thinking he was bulletproof, Nov 15). One was best typified by two Aborigines in WA, who went bush without their insulin.

Months later, they turned up with no trace of diabetes. The reason wasn't a puzzle - plenty of exercise, lean meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and no simple carbohydrates, which meant the pancreas had its workload slashed.

When we eat things such as white bread or tinned muck, the pancreas needs to produce insulin to turn it instantly into glucose, then again to turn it into fat when the glucose isn't used. The body then uses unused muscle instead of the fat as an energy source.

Apart from diabetes, 80 per cent of people in rest homes are there because they allowed themselves to become so weak that they became invalids. That shocking statistic alone should be trumpeted from the rooftops. But diabetes has become an epidemic that will overwhelm the health budget, and all the millions spent on diets hasn't worked, and won't work, because laziness is a lifestyle that fails our bodies. We must get off our backsides and lay off the simple carbohydrates.

ROY ANSTEY

Marton [abridged]

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