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Race and Too-High Blood Glucose

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In our society’s present struggle to overcome our ancient legacy of racism, we’ve frequently gone to the other extreme and refused to give any consideration whatever, for different human races, to issues where they actually do differ. We’re all, whether our skin colors are white, black, brown, red, or yellow, equally likely to be smart, average, or Doiiiii. We’re not all equal in some other respects; one of these is our susceptibility to high blood-glucose levels.

Asian Americans and High Blood Glucose

A recent exhaustive (and exhausting even to read about!) study by the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) turned up some alarming results for Asian Americans. They start to show susceptibility to high blood-glucose levels at lower Body Mass Index (BMI) values than the population at large. Oddly, the reverse is true for ‘Pacific Islander’ Americans, whose susceptibility to high blood-glucose levels cuts in at a higher BMI value than it does for the population at large. An interesting question is where these results leave Filipinos and Taiwanese, who are ‘Pacific Islanders’ but have some Chinese ancestry from mainland-Chinese immigration.

BMI Formula

A person’s BMI (Body Mass Index) is computed according to the simple formula BMI = W/H2. where W is the person’s weight in kilograms and H is that person’s height in meters. The same formula also works for weight and height expressed in English units, pounds and inches; but to get a person’s English-units BMI result into standardized form it must be multiplied by a conversion factor, which is 703 (kg/m2)/(lb/sq in).

In general a person whose BMI is between 25 and 30 is considered ‘overweight’ but not yet ‘obese.’ But the NIH/CDC results recommend lowering that 25 threshold to 23 for Asian Americans, and raising it to 26 for ‘Pacific Islander’ Americans. If you’re some mixture, you’ll have to ‘go figure!’

Why are Asian Americans so vulnerable in this regard? BMI is a simple measurement, and doesn’t consider how people’s masses are distributed throughout their bodies. Asian Americans, by some measurements, tend to actually be more physically fit than the population at large. But, when they do put on some weight (read: fat), it tends to be around their midsections, which is exactly where it does the most damage to their susceptibilities to high blood-glucose levels and consequently most increases their risks of developing Type II Diabetes.

Asian Americans & Diabetes

The bottom line: Per the NIH/CDC study, Asian Americans have a 51% ratio of undiagnosed Type II Diabetes, the highest percentage of any racial group that has been analyzed in detail up until now. More than half of all Type-II-Diabetic Asian Americans are unaware that they have the ailment. Although they may as a group actually be less overweight than the average for people at large, they are as a group at higher risk for developing Type II Diabetes. Any Asian North American whose BMI is greater than 23 needs to start measuring his or her blood-glucose level regularly.

To read a Washington Post story about the NIH/CDC study, click on:

To scan one table of results from the study itself, click on:

So, if you’re an Asian North American with a BMI value exceeding 23, or just a plain old honky whose BMI value exceeds 25, or a Tahitian or a Hawai’ian having a BMI value greater than 26, you are urged to start having your blood-glucose level checked fairly often. And you can try CLE Holistic Health Naavudi, a natural herbal-extract preparation available in the form of precisely measured 550-milligram gelcaps.

Naavudi is a blend of nine different herbs, all of which have been used for millenia in traditional Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese natural-medicine practice.  Like other CLE Holistic Health products, Naavudi is produced wholly by CLE Holistic Health, from its own herbs, harvested entirely from its own land, and processed according to its own proprietary methods; so its quality and uniformity are always very well controlled. It is not believed to interact with any prescription drugs, so taking Naavudi need not affect any other health measures to which you are subject. So, if you have blood-glucose-level concerns, why not give Naavudi a serious shot?

 

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