MIRI: A 14-year-old girl, being unenviably the youngest diabetic patient here, could serve as a deterrence to young people not to consume too much processed food.
A hospital source said that the girl concerned, a Form Two student, was tested high with cholesterol due to high intake of processed food such as deep-fried chicken, burgers, sausages and also carbonated drinks as she frequented fast-food outlets such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), SugarBun, McDonalds, Marry Brown and so forth.
The student is the youngest diabetic patient in Miri so far, as recorded in our file here.
Her blood sugar test is far above the normal reading and its dangerous if she is untreated, the source told The Borneo Post when met at her office yesterday.
When asked, the source said excess consumption of oily foods clearly contributed to the lifestyle disease and it could be fatal as well, unless prevention was taken.
Consuming too much fast food as such is not advisable as it is hazardous to health, especially deep-fried meat with skin.
It could cause heart problems too, the source cautioned, and advised people, regardless of age, against taking excess of processed food as it was a silent killer.
To a question, the source said there were three types of diabetes. The first type meant the body did not produce insulin; the second type meant the body did not produce enough insulin for proper function, and so, the cells in the body did not react to insulin; and the third one usually involved conceiving mothers.
Diabetes cases are on the rise now due to the modern living style and the diet.
One has to be more careful on food to avoid developing the sickness and complications later, the source warned.