Dangers of ignoring the complexity of diabetes

You’ve heard it before: people in industrialised countries live sedentary lives and eat too much high-fat, high-sugar food. They then become obese and develop insulin resistance – and eventually diabetes.

However, Professor David James, head of the Diabetes and Obesity Program at Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, believes that some of the common assumptions about diabetes are being oversimplified. 

He wrote about some of the complexities in an essay published in Diabetes Management Journal late last year.

“When we look at the worldwide obesity epidemic, and the number of people developing diabetes, we tend to make sweeping generalisations, try to make one size fit all,” Professor James says.

Not only is that not the case, “but our approach might end up compromising, or even endangering, people’s health.

“One obvious example is the notion that all obesity is bad.