A lose of a family member, close friend, to lifestyle diseases is exploding. A survey by Broadway Bakery Limited indicates. This is part of its drive to change towards adopting a healthier lifestyle. Which is this healthier lifestyle, cutting on sugar consumption?
I grew up knowing sugar taste sweetest ever, and if you had told me, sugar is dangerous to my healthy in my childhood, i could call you a big liar adult, now I have just learnt I have to reduce consumption of sugar, if I have to claim to live a healthy life. People who lived more than hundred years, their eating habits is more of eating fruits, vegetables and little or no much sugar, in my opinion. Consuming too much simple sugar can affect your immune system negatively for up to 5 hours after you eat it, according to AskDrSears.com
Survey conducted in August, out of 241 Kenyans questioned, aged between 23 to 70 years, on the degree to which lifestyle diseases, had affected their family and close friends. The report showed that the death was more than 250 people in their close circles. This was an average of more than one death per respondent.
Lifestyle diseases have moved to be the top killer in Kenya, in the last 10 years. Killing more than 100,000 Kenyans aged between 30 and 70 years every year. The age that is still productive to country economy. These diseases are responsible for almost 50 per cent of all hospital admissions and about 55 per cent of hospital deaths.
30 per cent of Kenyans are now suffering from premature deaths. This is due to poor eating and exercise habits, a The World Health Organization report says. The impact of this swell is now being felt in every home in the country. The Broadway Bakery survey findings, that respondents knew in average, at least of 5 people suffering from lifestyle diseases in their inner circles, ranging from, cancer, diabetes, heart, high blood pressure, or kidney disease.
The most common disease distressing Kenyan families is heart disease, responsible for close to half of the deaths reported in the survey with the respondents knowing an average of up to 2 people each who suffer from, and have died of, heart disease.
The second most common condition within families and close friends is diabetes closely followed by cancer, both have been shown to be triggered, and aggravated by high sugar consumption.
More shockingly, respondents gave the ages of those in their inner circles presently suffering from these conditions, and having died from them. It indicates surging levels of lifestyle conditions among Kenyan youth.
Fifteen per cent of the male deaths reported from cancer were under 40 years of age. More than twenty per cent of the female deaths were for women between the ages of 30 and age of 40 years. The report further shows Of the reported diabetes sufferers; 41 per cent were under the age of 40 years, and 18 per cent were under the age of 30 years for men, while young women were more afflicted with 46 per cent of sufferers under the age of 40 years and 20 per cent under the age of 30 years. High blood pressure and heart disease remain confined to older age groups, usually over 40 years.
“These findings support our real alarm at the impact of excessive sugar consumption on our younger generation,” said Mr. Bimal Shah, MD of. Broadway Bakery
“The surge in lifestyle diseases has now become a crisis in Kenya and more worrying is the number of new cases being reported amongst younger people, often before they even reach their 30th birthdays, making for a lifetime of health care and often frequent hospitalization.” He added.
The conditions the survey covered are all caused by unhealthy eating habits, and lack of physical exercise. In Broadway Bakery Be-Sugar-Smart drive is aimed at creating awareness across all generations on the prevalence of these diseases, and that too much sugar intake and physical idleness are ways of achieving an early death sentence.
Broadway Bakery aim is to encourage food manufactures to produce healthy foods. Leading by example, Broadway Bakery has been, and continues to; manufacture healthy bread that is low in sugar but rich in nutrients. Diabetes, which is the most strongly related to high sugar consumption, is responsible for 13 per cent of the deaths of family, and friends reported by the survey’s respondents.
These findings tie in with a newly published Kenya STEPwise survey that reported that more than 90 per cent of Kenyans consume less than five servings of fruits and vegetables on most days. And 28 per cent always add sugar to beverages.
More than half of the adult Kenyan population has never had their blood pressure tested, yet one in four people have high blood pressure says the report. Diabetes testing is most neglected, despite its capacity to cause kidney failure, heart disease, amputations and comas. According to the report, only one in ten adults has ever been tested for diabetes.
“The lack of testing is, of itself, a killer,” said Mr Bimal Shah, with Broadway Bakery now organizing a round of activities for World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2016 that it hopes will save further lives, in its drive to address Kenya’s extreme sugar related health issues.