Safina Party leader Paul Muite explains weight loss

Paul Muite’s photo that has since gone viral. [Photo, Twitter]

Veteran lawyer and politician Paul Muite has refuted speculation that he has cancer.

Muite’s photo showing off his slim figure has gone viral on social media, with one online user claiming the former Kabete MP is recovering after undergoing cancer treatment.

Paul Muite was MP for Kabete between 1992 and 2007. [File, Standard]

Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, July 15, party leader Safina said doctors advised her to lose weight to manage her blood sugar levels within a safe range.

“The reports on social media that I have cancer are not true,” the 77-year-old told the microblogging site.

“Given my age, I had to lose weight on purpose to keep my [blood] sugar levels where they should be,” he said.

He says that in addition to observing a healthy diet, he stays in shape by jogging regularly.

“I enjoyed 1.5 hours of jogging in Ngong Forest this morning (Friday),” he said on his Twitter page which has 115,900 users.

Mute confirmed The standard over the phone he personally wrote the posts on his Twitter page, which has yet to get the blue verification badge.

High blood sugar levels increase the risk of stroke, heart attack or heart disease, according to science.

“When there is more glucose (sugar) in the blood than the body needs to meet energy needs, the increase in insulin levels signals the liver and muscles to store glucose in chains of glycogen. Once the liver and muscles are filled to the brim with glycogen, the excess glucose is turned into fat (triglycerides) and sent to the blood to be stored in the fat cells of the body,” explains the health platform.

It is excess fat (triglycerides) that could lead to stroke, heart attack or heart disease.

“High triglycerides can contribute to hardening of the arteries or thickening of the walls of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) – which increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease,” explains the health platform.

Paul Muite was MP for Kabete between 1992 and 2007.

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