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Type 2 Diabetes Erases 15 Years From Your Life

July 22, 2006 | 34,954 views
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Although it's known that type 2 diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, a new study found that the condition brings on fatal and non-fatal heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events 15 years earlier than in those without diabetes, as well as significantly shortens lifespan.

The researchers studied hospital and death records of close to 9.5 million Canadians, 379,000 of whom had diabetes. They found that men with type 2 diabetes reached "moderate-risk" for heart disease at an average age of 39 years, compared to age 55 for non-diabetics.

The "high-risk" category was reached at age 49 for the diabetic men, compared with 62 years for those without diabetes.

Among women with type 2 diabetes, moderate-risk was reached at an average age of 46 and high-risk at an age of 56, compared to 62 and 69, respectively, for women without diabetes.

Diabetes Shortens Life Expectancy by Nearly Two Decades

Life expectancy also took a major hit among those with type 2 diabetes who were also at moderate or high risk of cardiovascular disease. Those falling into that category lived an average of 18 years less than non-diabetics.

It's estimated that 16 million to 18 million Americans have type 2 diabetes. Those who are obese have five times the risk of type 2 diabetes as those with a normal weight.  


 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Nearly 75 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetesand what is also shocking is that one-third of them have no idea they are walking around with a time bomb that will cut, on the average, 15 years off their lifespan.

For some unlucky souls that will be quite a bit more.

This is especially tragic because the vast majority could relatively easily control the disease the rest of their lives and have completely normal blood sugars without any medications, as this is one of the easiest chronic diseases to normalize.

Simple Steps You Need to Reverse Diabetes

1. Ignore Your Conventional Physician. Unless you are seeing a specialist in natural medicine there is a virtual certainty that your physician cannot properly manage your disease. Please review Dr. Rosedale's excellent article on this, Doctors Cause Diabetics to D.I.E., which reviews the inadequacy and ineptitude of the current traditional treatment of diabetes.

2. Ignore the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The ADA is a major promoter of completely irrational statements about foundational health facts. Dr. Richard Kahn, the ADA's chief scientific and medical officer, has even gone so far as to state for the public record in mid-2005 that:

"There is not a shred of evidence that sugar has anything to do with getting diabetes." He also said, "I don't think that there is any artificial sweetener on the market that has been shown to be unsafe."

Please remember that the ADA also completely endorses artificial sweeteners like Splenda. You simply cannot trust or believe anything they say.

3. Monitor Your Fasting Insulin Level. This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You will want to lower it to between 2-4. The higher your level the worse your insulin receptor sensitivity is. The following two points are the key physical steps you need to achieve this reduction.

4. You MUST Exercise. Sorry folks, there are no excuses, not even if you lost your legs on an Iraq improvised explosive device. Exercise is an absolute essential factor and without it you won't have a chance to get this devastating disease under control.

5. No Grains or Sugars. These types of carbs will raise your insulin levels. Notice I did not say no carbs. You can have plenty of carbs, carbs to your heart's content, but they need to be above-ground vegetables (no potatoes or squash). Notice also that I did not say no processed grains, the grain exclusion also goes for whole organic grains, as even all that extra good fiber does not significantly alter the insulin and leptin response.

6. Eat Right For Your nutritional type. Even doing all of the above steps might not be enough unless you balance your protein, carb and fat ratios for your unique and specific genetic biochemistry. You can read more about nutritional typing here. 

7. Address Emotional Challenges. Let's face it, diabetes is a chronic disease. It is not an accident but a result of a series of choices you make in life that result in loss of sensitivity of your insulin receptors, which causes your blood sugar to rise. Nearly everyone has challenges that prevent them from successfully implementing the six steps above, so finding expert help is typically the key to winning here.

Consulting with an EFT professional is what I do for my patients at the Optimal Wellness Center, but that is only a tiny fraction of the people reading this. For those that don't come to my center, Gary Craig has a list of EFT Practitioner Referrals from the United States and the world. Many of these therapists even offer a free 15-minute phone session in which you can ask them questions to see if you connect.

 


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