What causes Diabetes also causes other chronic illnesses and vice versa

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By Asunta Simoloka

Ever wondered why when you have diabetes chances are that you will also develop hypertension or another chronic illness and vice versa?  One explanation is that coexisting illnesses may be complications of the original condition.

However, in most cases having multiple chronic illnesses at the same time happens because these diseases share common risk factors.

This means that if for instance you have diabetes as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise, you can easily develop hypertension, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses from the same poor habits that caused diabetes.

redmeatIf you eat too much meat and don’t exercise, diabetes is not the only disease you need to be concerned about, you are also inviting hypertension, cancer, depression, and a host of other diseases.
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Likewise, the same healthy habits that counter diabetes also fight a wide range of diseases.

For example exercising regularly and eating high fiber foods have very broad effects that include weight control, stabilizing blood pressure, balancing blood sugar, fighting off cancer, and treating depression.

What’s more, scientific evidence shows that a healthy lifestyle is



effective for not only preventing chronic illness but treating them too.

Since chronic illnesses have the same root causes, implementing lifestyle changes when faced with a disease is imperative.

The problem is that we always go exclusively for the pill because it is the easy way out but this approach is a dead end for your health.  If you just take medications for diabetes while continuing with bad habits you need to realize that those bad habits can lead to other diseases and that diabetes medications cannot counter those diseases.

Living healthy is the most sustainable way to deal with chronic illnesses because lifestyle changes treat the whole person not just the disease whereas drugs only treat the disease.

Another disadvantage of solely using drugs for chronic illnesses is that when you have multiple diseases at the same time, taking medications for each of these diseases may cause adverse interactions between drugs, further worsening your health.

No drug in existence has the kind of broad effect on human health as a healthy lifestyle.


11 Responses to What causes Diabetes also causes other chronic illnesses and vice versa

  1. Asunta please help me. Whenever I eat visashi (vegetables in groundnuts, I develop rash on my body and also experience breathing complications. What causes that?

    southern watchman
    December 31, 2013 at 8:31 am

    • Sounds to me like you are allergic to groundnuts, I would advise you to remove them from your diet until the allergy symptoms are resolved. Please share this information with your doctor because your condition needs to be attended to urgently.

      Most allergies are caused by an imbalance in intestinal bacteria where the harmful bacteria far outnumber the healthy bacteria. To restore normal balance of bacteria, I would recommend cutting back on red meat, bird meat, and processed foods because these foods kill healthy bacteria and allow the population of harmful bacteria to grow out of control. Overgrowth of harmful bacteria causes allergic reactions to certain foods and other things in our environment we come into contact with.

      Eat fiber rich foods and plenty of fermented foods like chibwantu, tobwa, maheu, and fermented milk to introduce healthy bacteria into your system and suppress the harmful bacteria.

      December 31, 2013 at 10:28 am

    • Consult a doctor

      December 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

      • Many thanks Critic for the advice. Best for the new year and thanks for the past.

        southern watchman
        January 4, 2014 at 8:08 am

    • I consulted with a friend of mine who is a holistic wellness practitioner and she had this to say

      Hmmm… which country are they in? Often people are allergic to peanuts from the Western world, coz of how they are grown, then they go home to Africa, eat visahi, and NADA! So I just don’t recommend “Western” peanuts, period, unless you are a blood type A, which is somehow okay with all types of peanuts. I myself am a blood type O, and no longer eat “Western” peanuts. I eat almonds and walnuts instead. (Check out the blood type diet at http://www.4yourtype.com) Or perhaps they could switch to organic peanuts, which are grown better. They could also take proteolytic (protein) digestive enzymes before and/or after eating the peanuts, and see what happens. They could also add a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar, morning and evening, to their diet to overall improve their body’s ph levels to a more alkaline level, which helps with allergies, and digestion overall. Good luck!

      One more thing – I just saw “visahi” in the comments, which tells me it’s likely Zambian peanuts. Then I would say treat the intestinal flora (bacteria) with mabisi (sour milk). A glass of REAL mabisi first thing every morning and last thing at night every day for a month should rebuild completely rebuild his intestinal flora, and change how his body reacts to foods. It is very important that he uses REAL raw mabisi, straight from the farm/cow, or a real market like Soweto or Kamwala in Zambia, not the over processed “junk” they sell at Shoprite and call it “Mabisi.” He also has to hang in there and finish the month. This is more important than any of the above, and is my No. 1 recommendation. This will also address a myriad of other health conditions, including obeisity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even many symptoms of HIV and toxicity related thereto. If he cannot make or get mabisi, he can just drink the fresh raw milk, straight from the cow. It will turn to mabisi in his gut and do it’s work. But it MUST be raw, fresh, straight from the farm, and NEVER pasteurized, heated or otherwise processed. Pasteurized milk will actually worsen his allergies, and all other health conditions.

      January 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

      • Many thanks Asunta for this info, I treasure it very much. Best for the new year and thanks for the past.

        southern watchman
        January 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

  2. I mean rash (chilowa)

    southern watchman
    December 31, 2013 at 8:32 am

  3. Asunta,

    Thanks for this helpful section of this website. I have three problems:
    1. Whenever I eat avocado or raw honey, I experience severe abdominal pains for some hours or after purging. This was not so up to my early teenage.
    2. After bathing cold water or when I expose myself to wind, my body itches alot. This happens when I sweat too, the time when my skin is drying up.

    What could be my problem and what can I do?

    January 2, 2014 at 2:43 am

    • I think you may be intolerant to those foods and I suggest avoiding them for now until the underlying problem has been addressed. Just like allergies, food intolerance in mainly due to inadequate healthy bacteria and too much harmful bacteria. According to naturalnews.com, when some digestive enzymes are missing or in very low supply certain nutrients in food cannot be digested properly resulting in food intolerance. Naturalnews.com explains that healthy bacteria or probiotics produce enzymes that digest food and that a low count of probiotics is what creates a shortage of digestive enzymes.
      That being the case, the solution is to take plenty of probiotics which are obtained from fermented foods such as tobwa, munkoyo drink, maheu, and fermented milk. Taking fiber rich foods is just as vital because fiber feeds, nurtures, and improves the effectiveness of healthy bacteria. Wholegrain maize meal, beans, vegetables, and fruits are great sources of fiber.

      As for your reaction to cold water and exposure to wind, I strongly suggest that you discuss this situation with your doctor and see if you can do some tests to find out what the problem is.
      Wishing you good health in 2014 and beyond

      January 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

  4. Thanks Asunta for all the tit bits on health and healthy living but please help me with what I say below.

    I hear people say with diabetes don’t Mango, no groundnuts, no Musozya cita magwaza, no nyama, the list is endless they even say don’t eat cakukkuta and don’t starve!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The poor diabetic what must I ddo and eat? How and when. Pleasee explain what you mean by a HEALTHY DIET.

    January 9, 2014 at 8:27 am


    rosemary jere
    March 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

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