In the U.S., Type 2 diabetes, including pre-diabetes, is skyrocketing – it’s one of the most frequently diagnosed conditions. Taken together, diabetes and obesity (“diabesity”) causes suffering for a billion people worldwide. Many experts claim that we’re in the midst of the worst disease epidemic in human history.
According to Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a whopping 50% of adults have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. She calls insulin resistance, where cells fail to respond to insulin, “pre-pre-diabetes” and says that it’s possible to have insulin resistance for years, even before a diagnosis of pre-diabetes. It’s estimated that 16-25% of normal weight adults are insulin resistant.
[It’s important to differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition where the body doesn’t produce insulin – these people need insulin injections. Type 2 is a chronic condition related to diet and lifestyle that affects how the body processes blood sugar. A “new” type, Type 3, is Alzheimer’s as a result of insulin resistance.]
Since the 1980s, Type 2 diabetes alone has tripled in the U.S. What’s worse is that things are predicted to get worse before they improve. If we continue along this trend, it won’t take long before one in three people, including children, will have full-blown diabetes. Some experts predict that today’s children will have shorter lifespans than their parents as a result of obesity and diabetes. Those who do live longer lives may suffer more medical problems and ill health during those extra years.
This isn’t a pretty picture.
And the consequences are overwhelming, not only for our collective health, but also our economy. According to Dr. Mark, Hyman, “Diabesity is the underlying cause of most heart disease, cancer, and premature death in the world. And one in three Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes making it the biggest driver of our federal debt.”
Chris Kresser states, “It’s been estimated that the cost of diabetes alone is $250 billion a year. Now, to put that in perspective, the World Health Organization has estimated that the cost of ending world hunger would be just $200 billion. If healthcare spending continues at its current pace, the U.S. would be insolvent, or bankrupt, by the year 2035.”
To put a positive spin on the doom and gloom – it’s well established that diabetes and pre-diabetes are 100% preventable and reversible with targeted nutrition and lifestyle modifications.
What’s unfortunate is that many believe that diabetes isn’t, in fact, reversible. These folks stay on their drug treatments, which are largely ineffectual and often dangerous.
They’ve been lead to believe that meds are the only answer and have tragically continued to follow faulty – and dangerous – dietary advice, largely espoused by the American Diabetes Association. In other words, we’ve gotten it all wrong.
Managing diabetes and pre-diabetes isn’t simply about what you eat; it’s also about how you live. Adequate sleep, digestive health, stress management, addressing adrenal health, and appropriate exercise are all critical considerations. When you consider that the “side effects” of this approach include weight loss, improved sleep and energy, vibrant skin, and optimized digestion, taking prescription medications, which often have serious side effects, pales in comparison.
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