Peter Langmead's CSR

I suffer from Diabetes type 2. It is a self-inflicted non-infectious disease that is very common in Zambia and Africa, and increasingly around the world. This is my CSR page that explains how I manage this disease on a daily basis. If I do not manage it effectively, I suffer from tiredness and blurred vision, I get up several times a night, and my feet hurt. If you suffer from these, please see your doctor as soon as possible. Diabetes also makes me susceptible to heart disease and pneumonia, and COVID-19.

Otherwise, I am a Film Director, Screenwriter, Composer, Steadicam operator, Social Documentary Photographer. My latest film is The Borderline, released on December 4, 2019.

My CSR Project 5: Rants and Reflections

By now I hope you have discovered you cannot at all manage your diabetes unless you really concentrate on it. I have an Indian (meal) once a week, delivered in these times of COVID-19. I love it to bits, it makes my week and has very few carbohydrates. Fortunately, I am no long at all tempted by pizza or pasta. Here are a few other notes.

Groundnuts/peanuts, one of the world's great delicaciesRoasted groundnuts are a great snack, even if a bit turbocharged.

While you can snack on groundnuts/peanuts, do not believe they will not make you fatter if you do not control yourself; because, if you eat too many they will eventually store as fat and eventually be used by the body as... sugar. I limit my consumption of groundnuts by making them myself, not that they are difficult, two-and-a-half minutes in a microwave, by limiting portion size to 50gm, which is still 300kcals, and limiting consumption to tea-breaks, when everyone else is eating cake or biscuits. An alternative is cheese, which is half the kilocalories of roasted salt groundnuts, but carrots are even better!

It infuriates me that coffee shops have not discovered yet that a large proportion of present populations are diabetic. I am sure Zambia's prevalence rate is higher than 4.5 per cent (World Bank, 2019, 18-79 years old), even much higher because of lack of awareness. UK's rate is meant to be 3.9 per cent, USA's rate, 10.8 per cent. I would guess most are between 40 and 79 years old, in other words misrepresenting the distribution of data, and the low percentages are likely due to restricted testing. Certainly, the rumble of diabetes is there in hospitals and populations, even if governments are successfully lobbied by big sugar business to limit awareness. It is a free world and it is up to you to control your sugar intake; but, the net economic loss arising from your shortened contribution to your national economy and the cost of your healthcare is why wise governments will do something about it in the end, but not before your feet have been amputated, or you have died.

My hypothesis is that carbohydrates, such as porridge, are cumulative, which means if you eat porridge everyday, your blood sugar will slowly increase to above your selected limit. Having allowed yourself to go above your limit - we are all human - it will take longer than you think to get your blood sugar back to normal again on your no-carb diet. I believe blood sugar is correlated with weight; that is, your blood sugar level will rise with your weight, particularly with daily consumption of porridge, as pleasant as it is. Unfortunately, your daily 45-minute walk will probably not manage your excess consumption of groundnuts/peanuts and/or daily consumption of porridge. The only option is to alternate. If I have porridge two days in a row, my blood sugar is already rising.

The bottom line is that it is easy and dull to manage your diabetes, and it is your choice. More than a few I know have to have bread, even on pain of death. Amazing actually.


Peter Langmead

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