November 23, 2019 Ukraine honors the victims of the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Only in the period from 1932 to 1933, about 4 million people died of starvation, and with the number of unborn, more than 6 million. Next, you will read what suffering a person suffers in the process of fasting.
It is important to know: The history of the Holodomor: why Ukrainians were destroyed
What happens to a person during fasting
Accordingly, people during this period become lethargic and very irritable.
Victims of hunger are so weak that they cannot even thirst, therefore they suffer from dehydration. Due to muscle atrophy, their movements become sluggish, and due to dehydration, the skin becomes dry and crack.
After prolonged protein starvation, the stomach swelled in people
Due to the weakening of the immune system, diseases become common. For example, a fungus (candidiasis) multiplies in the esophagus, which makes swallowing very painful, and a deficiency of vitamins often leads to anemia, vitamin deficiency, pellagra and scurvy. These diseases can cause diarrhea, rash, swelling, and heart failure.
How fasting affects the human body
During the first days of fasting, the human body continues to use glucose to obtain the necessary energy. After this period, ketosis occurs, because the cells do not receive carbohydrates. Because of this, the body begins to break down fat and produce toxic ketone bodies. If the number of ketone bodies in the body increases, a person may experience a pathology called ketoacidosis.
People were dying right on the street
Ketoacidosis – symptoms In the oral cavity, the smell of acetone or acidic fruits; Fatigue, weakness; Headache; Decreased appetite, and subsequently lack of appetite or aversion to food in general; Abdominal pain; Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea; Breathing accelerates, becomes loud;
Final starvation occurs when fat stores are completely depleted, and protein is the only source of fuel available to the body. Trying to get enough energy, the body tries to take protein from everywhere and begins to consume itself: it destroys vital organs, the nervous system and muscles. During fasting, the main cause of death is arrhythmia or cardiac arrest caused by tissue degradation and electrolyte imbalance, or metabolic acidosis.
Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-1933
Experts still have not come to a general conclusion about how long a person can live without food, but most believe that death occurs when the body loses more than 40% of healthy body weight. Most likely, life expectancy during prolonged fasting depends on factors such as health status, age and body fat mass.
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