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You Have Diabetes

…or at least PRE-DIABETES. Let me explain:

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just released new, shocking (but predictable), numbers on Diabetes in America.

  • 26 Million Americans have been diagnosed with Diabetes
  • 79 Million Americans have Pre-Diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes affects 35 percent of adults aged 20 and older
  • As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue
  • Type 2 Diabetes accounts for 90 percent to 95 percent of diabetes cases.
  • Half of Americans aged 65 and older have pre-diabetes, and nearly 27 percent have diabetes.
  • Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses.

So what is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease focused around your bodies ability to process glucose (sugar). Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both. There are different types of Diabetes:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes develops when the body can no longer make insulin, a hormone that controls the amount of blood glucose. Type 1 is usually diagnosed as a child and daily Insulin injections are needed
  2. Type 2 Diabetes develops when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin. Injections are also needed.
  3. Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy. Read a quick post by Robb Wolf HERE

What is PRE-DIABETES?

“Pre-Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes” – CDC.

Pre-Diabetes basically means you look like a duck, you walk like a duck, and you sound like a duck. You probably enjoy your Coke/Dr Pepper, breads, pastas, sugar, etc. You are either overweight or extremely thin. You are on the brink of full on Type 2 Diabetes but the doctor hasn’t given you a gold star yet to be included in the club. I think the number for Pre-Diabetes from the CDC is far too low. Perhaps it is because I live in Houston (one of the fattest cities in America) that every time I observe the public I can count at least 1 in 3 people with symptoms of Pre-Diabetes.

Why the Epidemic?

  • As prescribed by our Government and Health Agencies, since 1970 – fat is bad and carbohydrates are the way to go. Check out some TRENDS
  • We have been stocking up on carbohydrates (read: sugar) ever since the lipid hypothesis scared you into eating cereal instead of bacon and eggs.
  • We are duped into thinking whole grains are healthy even though they contribute to heart disease more than cholesterol and raise your blood sugar higher than almost any food (even a snickers bar).
  • The American culture of Fast food is catching up to us. Some people keep eating there to save money and for convenience. Don’t think so? Our food culture has taken over other countries, like China. China is so competitive they wanted to beat us in Diabetes Cases too. So they allowed fast food companies to come in and boom, diabetes.
  • We are scared to eat red meat, when red meat has never been shown to contribute to heart disease or diabetes.
  • People are constantly hungry because of the carbohydrate addiction and thus always eating or snacking. The snack which also is mainly carbohydrates.

Are you part of theese numbers?

What to do?

  • Since carbohydrates make you hungry and tell your body to keep eating and to store fat. How about knocking out carbs? Make your body actually use fat for fuel as apposed to carbs.
  • Add more fat and protein to your diet. Fat and protein satiate you (tell your brain to stop eating).  Don’t worry, fat does not make you fat. Carbs make you fat.
  • Read labels and realize what you are usually eating contains sugars, additives, soy, wheat, and low fat.
  • Go outside and move your body around. If you don’t use it. You loose it.
  • Secret: If you add fat but take away carbs you will actually loose weight (especially that around your gut and back). Isn’t that interesting 🙂

A “Paleo” Diet Cure?

Some Blog Reading on the Topic:

Diabetes is a serious condition and leaves you prone to more disease than those without diabetes. If I were a betting man, I would bet you have Pre-Diabetes right now. Look at yourself, your diet, and your lifestyle. What path does it lead to? Do you want to increase your risk of getting sick and losing the function of your pancreas or do you want to be at a manageable weight and health? Your choice.

Studies:

  • Jonsson T, Granfeldt Y, Ahren B, et al. Beneficial effects of a Paleolithic diet on cardiovascular risk factors in type 2 diabetes: a randomized cross-over pilot study. Cardiovascular diabetology 2009;8:35.
  • Fernandez-Real JM, Pickup JC. Innate immunity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Trends in endocrinology and metabolism: TEM 2008;19(1):10-6.
  • Duncan BB, Schmidt MI. The epidemiology of low-grade chronic systemic inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes technology & therapeutics 2006;8(1):7-17.
  • Spranger J, Kroke A, Mohlig M, et al. Inflammatory cytokines and the risk to develop type 2 diabetes: results of the prospective population-based European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Potsdam Study. Diabetes 2003;52(3):812-7.
  • Visser J, Rozing J, Sapone A, Lammers K, Fasano A. Tight junctions, intestinal permeability, and autoimmunity: celiac disease and type 1 diabetes paradigms. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2009;1165:195-205.
  • Creely SJ, McTernan PG, Kusminski CM, et al. Lipopolysaccharide activates an innate immune system response in human adipose tissue in obesity and type 2 diabetes. American journal of physiology 2007;292(3):E740-7.
  1. December 31, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Hey jlloyda – Great information! High Blood Sugar is common place in my family so this is the kind of information that can really help!

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