A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me some write-ups on apple and diabetes which he had received from a diabetic. He wanted to know if the information was right and accepted in our fraternity. The diabetic, in his write-ups, claimed that apple can control / cure diabetes, and eliminate pills and insulin. The author of this claim had experimented upon himself by consuming apples daily on an empty stomach, along with regular walks and dietary changes like avoiding sweets. He found that his blood glucose levels dropped and he was able to maintain the normal glucose levels for some time. This person now propagates ‘apple therapy’ to whoever is willing to take his advise.
It all sounds good and I’m sure this diabetic’s intentions are positive and he means well. But, if diabetes was a simple problem with a simple cure, the world would have wiped out diabetes by now. Unfortunately, it’s never so easy. The overall lifestyle can certainly make a big difference in blood glucose control but a single fruit cannot. Or, even if apple intake does help a few people, there are a lot more reasons involved (known and unknown). Also, a fruit doesn’t become a universal solution to a long-standing problem.
Go ahead and chew on an apple by all means, but do not expect it to resolve issues related to your blood glucose.
Somebody once remarked “When blackberry and apple were fruits, the world was a much better place”.
Similarly, when children ate fresh, home-cooked food, their health was far better. New research has found that in children, type 2 diabetes (adult diabetes) progresses much faster and the complications related to diabetes appear much sooner in life. This means we might see heart disease, kidney disease and other diabetes-related problems in younger adults in future. An excess of junk foods, processed foods, refined foods, eating out frequently, coupled with physical inactivity is leading children to adult diseases in their teenage years. It is not uncommon to see obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes in school or college going children these days. A preventive measure will certainly help.