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Diabetes Has Become One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World

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  • Recent research shows life expectancy has declined in the U.S. for the first time in two decades. A follow-up study suggests type 2 diabetes is a factor in this declining life expectancy
  • About half of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic. Between 1990 and 2013, diabetes rates rose by 71 percent in the U.S.
  • While death certificates suggest diabetes is involved in about 3.5 percent of deaths in the U.S., the real number is likely around 12 percent; among the obese it may be 19 percent, suggesting diabetes may be the third leading cause of death

By Dr. Mercola

Late last year, research showed life expectancy has declined in the U.S. for the first time in two decades, leaving researchers searching for clues as to the cause.


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