Does America have a diabetes death wish?June 22, 2012
A virtual diabetes pandemic is sweeping the world, with record levels of obesity and diabetes crippling the health of hundreds of millions of people globally. As horrible as this is, what is even worse is the sobering evidence that most people appear unwilling to take the lifestyle steps that can prevent this killer disease. Do we have a death wish?
A recent article in the British medical journal The Lancet said the following: "For prediabetic individuals, lifestyle modification is the cornerstone of diabetes prevention, with evidence of a 40-70 percent relative-risk reduction."
To simplify, we know that most people can avoid Type 2 diabetes with lifestyle modifications. Yet despite this very well-established medical fact, most people will simply allow themselves to slip into diabetes and become drug-dependent, rather than change their eating habits and exercise.
According to the Diabetes Foundation, almost 26 million Americans have diabetes, while an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes. Diabetes contributes to almost a quarter of a million US deaths per year, and the total cost of this disease in the U.S. alone exceeds $218 billion.
Every month, magazines, newspapers, TV news programs and radio programs put out new, ever-startling information about the steady increase of diabetes. The topic is virtually impossible to avoid. And what is the national response? Eat more fries, buy more deadly sodas, guzzle more beer, sit around and allow the diabetes epidemic to rage on.
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