Do you eat the typical American diet, high in soft drinks including diet soda, white flour, French fries and processed meats like cold cuts and hot dogs?
Eating that way can increase your risk of developing diabetes by 300%.
Are you carrying around extra weight?
That raises the risk of getting diabetes a lot.
A woman who is mildly obese – for example, weighing 190 at 5’6" tall — has a 55 percent chance of getting diabetes.
A man who is mildly obese, for instance, who weighs 225 pounds and is 6′ tall– has a 57 percent chance of developing diabetes.
This can be prevented, and I will share with you the exciting research on nutrition and foods that can help prevent and reverse diabetes in a moment.
But first, a closer look at the problem.
The Diabetes Epidemic:
- There are 21 million diabetics and 41 million people at risk of becoming diabetic in the U.S.
- One out of three American children born in the year 2000 is predicted to develop diabetes during their lifetime. For children of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent, the odds are closer to one in two.
- Diabetes is predicted to increase by 481% among Hispanics, 208% among blacks, and 113% among whites by mid century.
- The estimated total costs of diabetes rose from23 billion in 1969 to132 billion in 2002 and is expected to reach192 billion by 2020
However, it is in the cost to the individual, and their families where diabetes takes its human toll:
- Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations and nerve disease in the U.S.
- Diabetes causes damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
- A diagnosis of diabetes doubles your risk of dying over the next 10 years.
What makes this so unacceptable is this simple fact: Type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease responsible for this epidemic, is almost totally preventable.
Staying fit and lean reduces your odds of developing diabetes by over 90%.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells do not respond normally to insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas. This condition is called insulin resistance and it leads to high blood sugar, high blood levels of fat (triglycerides) and high blood pressure.
Once it was a disease seen only in people over 40 and referred to as "adult-onset diabetes". Today, Type 2 diabetes occurs even in young children. Almost half the new cases of childhood diabetes are now type 2, reflecting the sharp increase in obesity and lack of physical fitness among our children.
At least 171 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes and this is expected to reach 366 million by 2030 according to the World Health Organization.
Clearly, prevention of type 2 diabetes must become an international priority.
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