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People who are born free of diabetes may eventually get it due to any or all of the following reasons: too ‘rich’ a diet, a sedentary lifestyle and heredity (having parents/grandparents with diabetes).

What if you’re a monkey or some other primate in a zoo?

You can become obese from over-eating, lack of exercise and a poor diet, and thus literally get diabetes from people, especially if you live in Beijing Zoo and  diabetic-prone Chinese feed you too-sugary a snack!

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Many primates in the Beijing zoo have been diagnosed with diabetes due to visitors’ indiscreetly feeding

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‘Zoobiquity’: 7 Diseases Animals Share With Humans


Obesity and Diabetes

Zoo animals not only can suffer from obesity, but diabetes is fairly common, in part because the animals eat food that has been genetically modified for human consumption.

For example, Dr. Curtis Eng said the Los Angeles Zoo’s bananas are very different than bananas found in the wild and can affect the animals’ diet.

“They’re genetically designed to be more flavorful,” he said. “They probably have more calories than the bananas that you are going to find in the wild.”



Zoo Biol. 2013 Jan-Feb;32(1):63-9. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21038. Epub 2012 Jul 30.

A survey of diabetes prevalence in zoo-housed primates.

Author information

  • 1Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.



In humans, type II diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the pancreas is capable of producing insulin but cells do not appropriately respond to insulin with an uptake of glucose. While multiple factors are associated with type II diabetes in humans, a high calorie diet and limited exercise are significant risk factors for the development of this disease. Zoo primates, with relatively high caloric density diets and sedentary lifestyles, may experience similar conditions that could predispose them to the development of diabetes. We surveyed all Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facilities with primates in their collections to determine the prevalence of diabetes, diagnosis and treatment methods, and treatment outcomes. Nearly 30% of responding institutions reported at least one diabetic primate in their current collection. Although the majority of reported cases were in Old World Monkeys (51%), all major taxonomic groups were represented. Females represented nearly 80% of the diagnosed cases. A wide variety of diagnosing, monitoring, and treatment techniques were reported. It is clear from these results diabetes should be considered prominently in decisions relating to diet, weight and activity levels in zoo-housed primates, as well as discussions surrounding animal health and welfare.

© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Blogger is guilty of being moderately addicted to chocolate, and heavily addicted to coffee and sugar. Coffee AND sugar go together.

Free Malaysia Today

Snacks that can get you hooked

August 21, 2012

Top 5 most addictive foods.


While we all know about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, did you know that you could become addicted to your favourite food? From withdrawal symptoms to changes in brain chemistry, our snacks have surprising ways of keeping us wanting more.

Here is our guide to five of the world’s most addictive foods.

Summary by Blogger: The 5

1 Chocolate….. it is impossible to deny that chocolate is one of the world’s most-craved foods – whether this is due to psychological reasons or a physical addiction.

2 CheeseVarious studies have discovered the presence of opiates – including the highly addictive morphine – in the popular dairy product cheese.

3 SugarStudies have suggested that when we eat sugar, chemicals called opioids are released by the brain, which leads to an intense feeling of pleasure. It is this feeling that people may crave in the absence of sugar.

4 Burgers and other processed meat…fatty, processed junk food such as burgers may actually be addictive.

5 Coffeepeople may crave caffeine so much is due to the fairly severe symptoms of caffeine withdrawal that people often face, ranging from fatigue and headaches to irritability and depression.

However, it may be that, rather than being physically dependent on caffeine, you are actually addicted to the belief that you can’t function without your morning cup of coffee.

Whatever the reason, caffeine remains the world’s most popular drug and a staple of many daily routines.

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Snacks that can get you hooked


Don: Misinformation on diabetes must be corrected

Posted on 7 June 2012 – 07:38pm
Last updated on 7 June 2012 – 07:44pm

Elly Fazaniza

I have summarized the main points below

1 There are 1.3 million Malaysians confirmed diabetes patients.
2 A further 1.3 million Malaysians remained undiagnosed of diabetes. Thias figure is arrived at from the recently announced National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2011 which showed that there were 2.6 million diabetics in Malaysia in 2011.
3 The public believe that once the disease is diagnosed, their lifestyle will be severely affected. Thus, they don’t want to know if they are diabetics.
4 Despite all the efforts of health agencies, the number of diabetes patients continue to rise.

Don: Misinformation on diabetes must be corrected




Opting for plain water might prevent diabetes

ReutersBy Kerry Grens | Reuters – Thu, May 31, 2012

A new study that included82,902 women who answered questions about their diet and health over a 12-year span revealed:

1 Sugary drinks and fruit juice can raise your risk of diabetes. It works out to 10% higher for each cup that you drink.

2 It is not water itself that helps lower the risk of diabetes. Those who drank more than six cups a day had the same risk as women who drank less than one cup a day. Rather, it is because you replace sugary drinks or fruit juice with water, that is, you replace diabetes-related liquids with a neutral liquid.

4 Put simply, drinking water and not sugary drinks or fruit juice means avoiding a causal link to diabetes.

If you replaced one cup of soda or juice with one cup of plain water, your diabetes risk is likely to fall by 7% or 8%.

… based on more than 80,000 women … professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and the senior author of the study. People have recommended drinking plain water


Harvard School of Public Health

The Nutrition Source

Healthy Drinks

Water is best to quench your thirst. Skip the sugary drinks, and go easy on the milk and juice.

There are many options for what to drink, but without a doubt, water is the best choice: It’s calorie-free, and it’s as easy to find as the nearest tap.

Drinks that are loaded with sugar are the worst choice: They provide lots of calories and virtually no other nutrients. Drinking them routinely can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Other drinks have pros and cons, but in moderation, can fit into a healthy diet:

  • Coffee and tea: These are calorie-free, as long as you don’t load up on the sugar and cream. They are safe for most people and may even have some health benefits.
  • Artificially sweetened drinks: These have no calories—a plus—but their long-term effects on weight and health are unknown, so it’s best to limit them, if you drink them at all.
  • 100% fruit juice: Fruit juice has vitamins, but it is high in calories, so stick to no more than a small glass (four to six ounces) a day.
  • Milk: Milk is also high in calories, so there’s no need to drink more than a glass or two of low fat or skim milk a day, and less is fine, if you get your calcium from other sources.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is both a tonic and a poison, and the difference lies in the dose and the person drinking it; moderation is key.
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Read more about why sugary … coffee and health. Read why Harvard‘s new Healthy Eating Plate recommends drinking water, coffee … The aim of the Harvard School of Public Health – Cached


This is good news but dark chocolate is slightly bitter in some cases and not sweet when compared to normal chocolate.

Dark chocolate cuts heart deaths: Australian study

AFP Relax News – 14 hrs ago

Australian researchers have found that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has “significant” benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.

A study of 2,013 Australians conducted at Melbourne’s Monash University found that the consumption of 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of chocolate with a 70 percent or higher cocoa content every day was an effective measure to reduce risk.

Lead researcher Ella Zomer said the team found 70 fatal and 15 non-fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people could be prevented over 10 years if patients at risk of having a heart attack or stroke ate dark chocolate.

“We’ve predicted significant health benefits of eating 100 grams of dark chocolate every day over a 10-year period,” Zomer said of the study, published in the British Medical Journal.

Dark chocolate cuts heart deaths: Australian study

Australian researchers have found that eating a block of dark chocolate daily over 10 years has “significant” benefits for high-risk cardiac patients and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.
AFP Relax News via Yahoo! News – Jun 01 03:50am



Malaysia is a food paradise!

In Malaysia, where eating out is common, we end up consuming more sugar than we plan. Cooks put sugar into almost everything they prepare, especially nowadays when there is a reaction to Ajinomoto. How else could they make food delicious for us? Any other way would be too time-consuming and expensive.

1 I went for Hainanese chicken rice once, and as always, the chicken was delicious. The soup? Sweet. The woman serving it said, “Our soup is very sweet, no Ajinomoto. Several sets of chicken bones. Secret recipe.

You would believe her, right? I did. After all, they sold something like 130 chickens a day, 11am- 6pm. Surely, they had lots of chicken bones to put into the soup. For years, I heard the same old boast. One morning, I arrived very early, at about 10.30am. Had to wait for my food. That was when I saw the secret recipe that made the soup so sweet. Sugar. Yes, SUGAR. She was scooping large  scoops of sugar from a container.

Suffice it to say that I didn’t drink the soup that day, sweet and free though it was. In subsequent visits, I ate everything but left the gravy alone, and left the soup untouched. I love sweet things but I feel that I shouldn’t be drinking tong-sui at lunch or dinner.

2 Sometimes, I crave mamak food. Ipoh has several mamak stalls that offer delicious curries at reasonable prices. I love the mixture of pineapple and cucumber, all sliced up. The pineapple slices are not sour at all.  One day, just as my favourite mamak stall was about to open for business, I saw the woman scooping ladles of sugar into the big bowl that held pineapple and cucumber slices.

She adds SUGAR!!! No wonder the pineapple ad cucumber slices are not sour but tasty!



Sugar is a key factor in most degenerative disease. A degenerative disease is one which impairs the functions and structure of tissues and organs over a period of time.

Sugar is directly linked as a causal factor in heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney disease, liver disease, obesity, and depression, and is important in the growth of cancerous tumors, as cancer cells love sugar.


It is not easy to reduce sugar intake. Sugar is highly addictive, that is, your body craves it. If you go without sugar for too long, you will get withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, mood swings, depression, fatigue, and cravings.


Every tablespoon of sugar depresses the immune system for up to 6 hours. If you find that you are constantly sick, sugar may the main culprit.


Teenagers and young adults drink a lot of carbonated soft drinks and juice containing high-fructose corn syrup and sugar, and as a result they are becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes at an alarming rate.Sugar is found also in almost all processed food including crackers, baked goods, salad dressings and tomato sauce. Today,  medications for children, contain a lot of sugar to make them palatable.


The proper name for diabetes should be SUGAR DIABETES.


Any word that ends in ose is a form of sugar, such as glucose, sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, dextrose and galactose. Monosaccharide  and disaccharide, or various syrups are also names for sugar.


Sugar is a key factor in most degenerative disease, and in order for us as a society to get control over our health, we must stop consuming it.… – Cached


Excess Sugar Problems

Here’s a quick list of health problems associated with eating too much sugar:

  • Diabetes : Problem to metabolize the blood sugar.
  • Weak immune system : Sugar may cause a lower number of white blood cells that are needed to fight disease causing bacteria.
  • Weight gain : Calorie consumption is proportional to the sugar taken.
  • High rate of bad cholesterol : while lowering that of the healthy constituent. The arteries could be blocked.
  • Heart problems and arthritis : as a result of obesity.
  • Tooth decay and gum diseases
  • Irritable bowel : High levels of sugar increase the acid content in the stomach.
  • Weakness and fatigue : Increase in the level of Tryptophan causes Serotonin levels to rise more. This causes the individual to binge eat.
  • Mood swings : they are due to the endorphins being released.
  • Osteoporosis & weakening of the bones
  • Imbalance in the sex hormones : The excess sugar is converted into lipids. These lipids bind the sex hormones and may cause acne, polycystic ovaries, uterine cancer, and infertility.
  • Preeclampsia : Condition that could have severe effects on both the mother (diabete) and child.
Incorporating Supplements Into a Vegan Diet; How to Stop Following Vegan Diets … Here’s a quick list of health problems associated with eating too much sugar: – Cached



Do you remember the poster on the wall of your doctor’s clinic, the one that showed a trail of ants leading into your toilet? The word were something like, Don’t let the ants be the first to tell you that you have diabetes.

In ancient China people observed that ants would be attracted to some people’s urine, because it was sweet. The term “Sweet Urine Disease” was coined.

Last year, some of us noticed a lot of ants on the toilet bowl of one of the cubicles in the toilet of our work place. Quietly, we told each other, someone has diabetes, a bad case. We figured out who it was. On the last day of the school term, he announced to us, in shock and dismay, that his doctor had referred him for urine tests and he had been diagnosed with diabetes. A serious case. The ants told us that he had diabetes but he didn’t know until the doctor sent him for urine tests.



Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), or simply, diabetes, is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin.

(American Diabetes Association)

Learn more by going to the link below:

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.




Fat Forecast: 42% of Americans Could Be Obese by 2030

By Alexandra Sifferlin | @acsifferlin | May 7, 2012 |

Peter Dazeley / Getty Images

Peter Dazeley / Getty Images

If Americans keep getting heavier at the current rate, 42% of the population will be obese by 2030, a new study says. The increase accounts for an additional 32 million obese Americans and a whopping $549.5 billion in medical expenditures over the same time frame.

The rise in obesity rates has slowed over the past decade or so, settling at about 36% — or 78 million U.S. adults — in 2010. The new public health report presented on Monday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Weight of the Nation conference in Washington, D.C., predicts that unchecked, that rate could increase by 33% by 2030.

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Study: A 20% ‘Fat Tax’ Would Improve Public Health

To gain control of expanding waistlines worldwide, unhealthy foods and drinks need a 20% fat tax, along with subsidies for healthy food, experts say in a new paper published online in the British Medical Journal.

Oliver Mytton, of the British Heart Foundation’s Health Promotion Research Group, and his colleagues at the University of Oxford conducted a review of about 30 international studies to determine the effect that food taxes — which are levied at a higher rate on food items considered unhealthy — have on public health. The team concluded that fat taxes can improve outcomes — but only if they put a significant dent in consumers‘ wallets.

“Economists generally agree that government intervention, including taxation, is justified when the market fails to provide the optimum amount of a good for society’s well-being,” writes Mytton. “[This] include[s] a failure to appreciate the true association between diet and disease, time inconsistency (preference for short-term gratification over long-term well-being), and not bearing the full health and social costs of consumption.”

Study: A 20% ‘Fat Tax’ Would Improve Public Health « Fight API
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More and more countries are adopting fat taxes in an effort to curb rising obesity rates. Both Denmark and Hungary have introduced a fat tax or junk food tax, and France is taxing sweetened drinks. These taxes on sugary beverages have the
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Malaysia Insider

Diabetes Association: Almost 1 in every 2 Malaysians obese

May 29, 2012

KLANG, May 29 — The prevalence of obesity in developing countries like Malaysia is still on the upward trend, said Datin Paduka Dr Santha Kumari, chairman of the Selangor branch of the Malaysian Diabetes Association.

She said the matter should be viewed seriously as it could lead to various complications, including type 2 diabetes cases.

The Diabetes Association said today Malaysia is leading in terms of obesity in Southeast Asia. — Reuters file pic

“Malaysia is leading in the prevalence of obesity among Southeast Asian countries. Almost one in two Malaysians are either overweight or obese, placing them at a high risk for diabetes,” Dr Santha Kumari told a press conference, here, today.

She said a recent study showed that 22 per cent of Malaysians above the age of 30 were diabetic patients.

1 Main – Malaysia – Diabetes Association: Almost 1 in every 2 “Malaysia is leading in the prevalence of obesity among Southeast Asian countries. Almost one in two Malaysians are either overweight or obese, placing them at a… – Cached

2 Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia (PDM) – Malaysian DiabetesMalaysian Diabetes Association | About Us | Join … Overweight and obesity, in turn, are causes of chronic diseases such as diabetes … 2006) found that almost half of Malaysian … – Cached


From Herbert Gomez

What A Unique Way To Present This.

4.2 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar = 1 cube ! Someone ought to get an award for this. We know the facts, but this
Brings it into perspective quickly, doesn’t it? Each cube is a teaspoonful.

I love Oreos! Haven’t eaten any for ages, though.

WOW! I knew they were sweet and gave instant energy but now I know why!

Can’t bear spending money on this. Just too expensive for me.

The sugar from grapes is different. Fructose, not glucose. At least not as damaging. Some consolation! Not to worry as I can’t afford grapes.

Also fructose.

Do you now understand why we call this monkey food? Never let your children eat it too often as it makes them full of energy! As for me, gone are the days of A BANANA SPLIT ICE-CREAM. That’s double the sin/sugar?

Bananas DON’T taste sweet! Yet, there is so  much sugar!

Never liked strawberry except with icing sugar and icing sugar is SUGAR!

Sigh, and I love water melon.

Rabbits hop but not for long. Not much energy. Carrots don’t have much sugar.

As for processed food, sauce, etc…

That’s a cinnamon roll, KING of them all!

No more Starbucks for you!

Avoid the next two at McDonald’s! Any other drink but these!


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