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The Diabetes Epidemic Has Doubled in America

July 04, 2006 | 11,261 views

In the past 30 years, new cases of type 2 diabetes have doubled, with most diagnoses occurring in people who are obese, according to findings from the Framingham Offspring Study.

The study involved over 3,000 participants -- with an average age of 47 -- who enrolled in the Framingham study, free from diabetes, in the 1970s, '80s or '90s. They were then followed for eight-year periods to document the occurrence of diabetes.

In the '70s, 2 percent of women and 2.7 percent of men had diabetes. By the '90s, the rates had grown to 3.7 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively. Likewise, by the 1980s the risk of developing diabetes had increased by 40 percent; by the 1990s, the risk skyrocketed 105 percent, compared to the '70s. 

Although obesity was a major factor, changes in diet -- such as drinking more sugary beverages -- and physical activity also contributed to the increase, independent of weight gain.

Four New Diabetes Drugs

Diabetes drugs bring in $15 billion a year, and the market is expected to reach at least $25 billion by 2011. Four new diabetes drugs are also being released, which some say could help control diabetes in 90 percent or more of patients. The drugs include:

  • Byetta, given by injection and already on the market
  • Exubera, insulin that is inhaled and already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Galvus, a pill form awaiting FDA approval
  • Januvia, another pill awaiting FDA approval

Analysts estimate that each of the drugs will be "blockbusters," bringing in over $1billion in worldwide sales each, and will cost $1,500 to $2,000 more per patient per year than existing diabetes drugs.



Dr. Mercola's Comments:

As I mentioned last month, nearly 75 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is out of control!

No surprise, though, if you consider the number one source of calories in the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">United States</st1:country-region> is high-fructose corn syrup in soda. It would certainly seem that there were some type of conspiracy between the food giants and the multi-national drug corporations that sell you the "solutions" to the side effects of eating a highly processed food diet.

The NY Time article is very interesting as it gives an excellent view of the diabetic drugs that have been newly released, and the ones that will be coming out shortly.

I can assure you with virtual certainty that every one of these drugs is doomed to failure. While they may be able to demonstrate good-looking lab tests in the short term, NONE of them treat the underlying cause of the disease, which can only be treated with aggressive lifestyle changes.

Mark my words that in five to 10 years you will read about the inevitable complications and side effects that will eventually have many of these drugs pulled from the market.

Nearly all physicians are relatively clueless about how to treat diabetes and wind up hurting their patients far more than they help.

Dr. Ron Rosedale is one of the leading experts in the United States on the natural treatment of diabetes. He wrote an outstanding article last year documenting this fact and used the appropriate title Doctors Cause Diabetics to D.I.E. This is an outstanding article and I strongly recommend reading it if you have any interest in the treatment of diabetes.

In the meantime there are positive things you can do to "cure" diabetes.

There is a CURE for Type 2 Diabetes

Even the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has acknowledged that diet and exercise can completely eliminate diabetes. It is an artifact of poor lifestyle choices including processed foods and inadequate exercise.

This is very good news for nearly everyone reading this, including me. You see, my dad's side of my family are pasta-loving Italians, and most every one of my aunts and uncles has come down with or died from diabetes, including my father.

When I was foolish enough to believe the "Eat Right for Your Type" diet and followed the recommendations for blood type A -- that absolutely conflicted with my protein nutritional type status -- I developed diabetes.

My fasting blood sugar shot up to 126. Part of the problem is that the diet's author, D'Adamo, actually advocated mild exercising for blood type A. So, I cut down my running and this resulted in a 20-pound weight gain and a diagnosis of diabetes.

This is one of the reasons I am so passionate about nutritional typing -- it worked not only for my patients but also for me personally.

I also have a great announcement for you. We have categorized many of the hundreds of articles on our Web site into a Diabetes sub section. If you or someone you know has diabetes, this is something that they will want to review.



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