The other evening at supper, I sat with a sister from Argentina, one from Montreal, one from China and one from Kenya. Somehow or other the conversation turned to the staple foods in the area.
Turns out (unsurprisingly, I suppose), corn has become a basic item in Italy (polenta) and Kenya, as well as (of course) Latin America. The sister from Kenya told us that in some areas, the people subsist on corn, beans and potatoes. And in these regions, diabetes is a growing threat.
One sufferer told Sister, "I would rather get AIDS than diabetes. If you get AIDS, the medicine is free. But I can't get medicine for diabetes."