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Reports say Diabetes is a Killer Epidemic on the Rise

In October 2010, the newspaper USA Today reported that by 2050, an astonishing 1 in 3 Americans may suffer from diabetes. The current number that is not much less tragic, is that Diabetes currently already impacts 1 in 10 Americans and it ranks as the 6th leading cause of death. Not only does it kill you, it slowly robs you of vitality, health and function, increasing risk of heart disease, stroke, blood pressure, cancer, blindness, kidney failure and dementia, to name a few. Diabetes basically affects all diseases of mankind with rare exception.

The sad thing is that the vast majority of us are walking around oblivious, thinking we have dodged the bullet, since we don’t have that label “diabetes”. Yet, pre-diabetes currently impacts 60 million Americans according to the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. These are the same experts that warn us about such epidemics such as Swine Flu, and they report on the BIG STUFF, and pre-diabetes is HUGE STUFF. Why? Because Diabetes leads to a life of slow and initially silent, but eventually a dramatic deterioration of health.

We have supersized our soda pop and candy bars, and as a society as a whole, we have forgotten how to cook real food. If it is not in a box or frozen, we are at a loss. Sure, some folks still know how to cook, yet our youth are at a loss most of the time. They have been raised in challenging times. We need to instill them with how to eat, exercise, control stress and take cares of their bodies. If not, the predictions will come true. To think that this next generation may be the first not to live as long as we will is sad to say the least.

Each of can make a difference.
The USA Today headline was a wake up call, and this needs to be the daily news warning each and everyday until we make a difference and reverse this frightening trend. If we all forward this blog on to others, and add to it with our own common sense, we might just start to reach the level of impact where we can change the future of “healthcare in America”. Currently we have a “disease management system” – join me in transforming it into a “wellness management system”.
Like ancient Chinese physicians, modern doctors should get paid at the end of the year if they have kept us well. Now that is an interesting incentive! Whereas our current system is the more visits, the more pay… hmmm…

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