I have just left Cuba and one of the first things I note with nostalgia and a bit of sadness is that people don't touch each other in other countries
In Cuba, a person who does not touch another would be considered an oddity and the children are taught to hug and kiss people from an early age . We kiss and hug each other when we enter the house of someone and when we leave, and also when we meet each other in public. This human warmth goes well with the Country's ethic about being a humane country.
So it was nice to hear the Indian mystic Sadhguru talk about the human touch. Here is a video from him.
I had felt that both Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are Social Illnesses in that the life as perceived by the individuals within the social structures they are in and sometimes trapped in, can give rise to these diseases.
Can stress give rise to Diabetes Type 2? I would ask the American Indians gathered at some tribal clinic.
The answer would be a resounding YES
and they would add, we should know about the stress of living in this society.
Of course now the stress of living has extended not to just Indians living in the USA or the Aboriginal people living in Australia but to a broad spectrum of people living under different conditions all around the world.
The hormonal mediators of stress and its ill effects are well understood now, after scientists have worked out the mechanisms.
Stress can increase Cortisol
Cortisol can bring on Type 2 Diabetes
Cortisol can make people put on weight
Cortisol can increase Blood Pressure
We should look for social solutions to damage caused by the society. Yoga and Meditation both are known to bring down cortisol levels so are laughter, prayer, friendship and sharing time with family.
So I was happy to read this article which was sent to me by the Endocrine Society of Europe.