The Awful Diabetes Statistics

What are the diabetes statistics? Diabetes is such an insidious disease, that, it is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease, amputations, and heart disease in the USA.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease from kids to adults.

Type 2 diabetes is where muscle/tissue cells are resistant to insulin. (Usually due to diet or possibly an acidic system.)

Diabetes has increased 61% in the past 10 years and 76% among people in their 30’s. One in every three children now being born in the U.S. ultimately will become diabetic. Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld.

• 1 in 3 children born in 2000 will be diabetic

Associated press June 15, 2003

• 1.3 million new cases of Type 2 Diabetes were diagnosed last year alone – that’s 3,562 new cases diagnosed EVERY day!

• 24,000 people in the U.S. become blind each year due to diabetes – that’s 65 EVERY day!

• 100,000 people require kidney dialysis or kidney transplantation each year due to diabetes – that’s 273 EVERY day!

• Each year 82,000 need to have a foot, leg or arm amputated due to diabetes – that’s 224 EVERY day!

In 2007 the economic costs of diabetes were estimated at $174 billion. Of this amount, $116 billion was due to direct medical costs and $58 billion due to indirect costs such as lost workdays, restricted activity, and disability due to diabetes.

People with diagnosed diabetes incur average expenditures of $11,744 per year, of which $6,649 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures that are approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.source: The above diabetes statistics from the US Center for Disease Control

History of Diabetes

Around 1500 BC, medical scribes in both India and Egypt described a condition of great thirst and urination. They treated this condition with high fiber wheat grain, a valid therapy which can be scientifically explained today.

Over 3000 years ago, a treatment recommended for diabetes in India involved intensive exercise. Another ancient and good idea. It was the Greek Aretaeus around 100 AD who first called the disease "diabetes" after the Greek word for "siphon", noting all the excessive urination that diabetics experience.

At the turn of the last century this disease was so rare that many doctors could not correctly identify it.

Sugar consumption in all it's commercial forms has taken America by storm. Nearly two hundred years ago, the average American consumed about 10 pounds of sugar per year.

Today, we gladly push aside healthier fare to gather fully one-fourth of our annual calorie intake from sugar or high fructose corn syrup. That is about 170 pounds of sugar each year for each of us!
This is like eating a bowl full of sugar each fourth meal! Most of us are doing just that.
History Source: The Maker's Diet by Jordan S. Rubin

Back, years ago in America there were diabetics curing their disease with diet and exercise. With the development of insulin and diabetes pills doctors have mostly gone over to a regimen of treating the disease not attempting to cure it. See our article on diabetes myths.

There was a study done called the Diabetes Prevention Program. They found that a 5 to 7 percent weight loss from exercise and decreased dietary fat and calories can delay and possibly prevent type 2 diabetes. (Please note: This fat would be the bad fats )

Those who would commit to the regimens of exercise and eating a proper diet, may be able to escape being one of the diabetic statistics. See good foods for diabetics and foods diabetics should avoid.

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