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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why do Australian Aborigines have high type 2 diabetes

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  • Eric Rosario

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    Master of Applied Science by Research into the Effects of Strength Training on Postmenopausal women. I have been involved in strength training for 67 years … View Profile

    Australian Aborigines have been Hunter Gatherers for several thousands of years. In this time they have developed what is called the Thrifty Genome which enables them to get by on very little food. They are now introduced into a society where food is plentiful. Moreover the food that is most readily available and cheap is fast food which is high energy food and therefore they put on fat easily.
    Being introduced into a society which is foreign to what they have been used to is stressful and stress causes Central Obesity which in turn is one of the main causes of type 2 diabetes.

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