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The Epidemic that Needs More Worldwide Attention

The 7th leading cause of death in the US, has doubled worldwide since 1980. Now 347 million people worldwide are afflicted with this clandestine disease. Just as Diabetes slowly erodes away a persons health, the true level of concern regarding contracting this disease is not adequately instilled in the world’s populace.

Believe me when I say, that accepting the status quo is not acceptable and my patients actively fight the trends toward mediocrity. Yet as it was just discovered by the World Health Organization the rates of diabetes have either risen or at best remained the same in virtually all parts of the world in the past 30 years. This means that the medical advances relative to prevention of this disease have fallen short.

It has been reported that high blood glucose and diabetes cause around 3 million deaths globally each year, for perspective 2.1 million people die from HIV related disease annually.

Sadly, billions of dollars, at least $35 billion, on diabetic medications was spent last year on “disease managing” drugs. The question is where is the prevention emphasis. The question that we must all ask, is will these new startling numbers stimulate efforts to make new drugs or trigger a true revival focused on saving millions of premature deaths and 10’s of millions of people from suffering shortened lives riddles with avoidable health consequences.

For sake of a sharp contrast on approaches to diabetes, here are some latest findings showing a reversal of diabetes with diet. Yes, diet, no medications were used and showed a 63% reversal in this initial small study. I must say the diet used in the study should only be used under close medical supervision. The 8 week diet was shown to have a huge impact on reversing Type 2 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with the disease. Researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University found the 600 calories-a-day diet reduced fat levels in the pancreas and liver, which helped insulin production return to normal. Seven out of 11 people who went on the diet, eating only liquid diet drinks and non-starchy vegetables, were free of diabetes three months later. Could you only imagine if the world’s health experts focused on education on diet and lifestyle and more importantly developing great tasting food that satisfied ones sweet tooth and at the same time decrease the risk of getting diabetes.

Bottomline: I tell my patients: “when indulging a sweet tooth or two, fiber is ones friend.” It is important to keep a close eye on ones sweet tooth, yet when consuming carbs and processed foods supporting the body with the extra burden of each mouthful, using supplemental fiber 10 grams per such meal, chromium, lipoic acid and B vitamins are all musts for my patients.


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