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Type 2 diabetes due to Western lifestyle and diet. Type 2 diabetes and the Tokelau Island migrant study

I love walking through organic shops and discovering new products. A while back I discovered Amanprana coconut oil and started using it for stir-frying veggies. Based on a friend's suggestion, I now use the same coconut oil after my shower. It makes my skin blissfully soft. Tip: I hold the container under the hot shower water so the oil melts and it's easier to rub on.

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Type 2 diabetes is on the rise due to a Western lifestyle and diet Diabetes was very rare on Tokelau.

Tokelau islandsA study performed on Tokelau Island migrants between 1967 and 1982 (the Tokelau Island Migrant Study) shows us the consequences of urbanisation in relation to type 2 diabetes (late-onset diabetes). Life on Tokelau was very traditional and the Western world had little influence upon it. The inhabitants were dependent on coconuts and small-scale fishing – a very one-sided diet (coconut oil, grated coconut and coconut cream), albeit they were sufficiently active. Diabetes mellitus (type 2 or late-onset diabetes) was very rare. But as the influence of the West upon the islands increased, incidences of the lifestyle disease type 2 diabetes also gradually increased, rising from 3 persons per 100 islanders in 1968 to 14.3 persons in 1982. The group of islanders that left for New Zealand also saw a rise in sufferers, from 7.4 to 19.9 out of every 100. Diabetes was more prevalent in women than in men in both groups.

bron: Diabetologia (1989) 323: 585-590, T Østbye, TJ Welby, IAM Prior, CE Salmond, YM Stoke, University of Western Ontario, Canada en Wellington Hospital Wellington, New Zealand

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