Diabetes is a BIG, big moneymaker

DiabetesDiabetes is a foundation of the enormous U.S. healthcare industry, the country’s largest industry.

Since 2008 when sales of diabetes drugs totaled $27 billion (worldwide), sales have increased to $41 billion in 2013, and are expected to hit $55 billion by 2016.

The U.S. is the top buyer of diabetes drugs, accounting for $21 billion, with the total cost of treating diabetes in 2013– $198 billion.

Worldwide, 347 million people are treated for diabetes–an 8-fold jump since 1985. A thinking person might wonder why diabetes has increased 8-fold in the last quarter century!? And if he or she is wise, they will do some research and try to figure out why this mostly preventable and curable disease is now so prevalent.

The World Diabetes Foundation said 4 million people die every year, due to blood sugar disorders. Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. (based on death certificates). The top 5  in chronological order are diseases of the heart, cancer, cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases and accidents (unintentional death).

Diabetes is the ‘door-opener’ for other major revenue-generating diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and renal diseases.

Diabetes is a condition when the body becomes unable to properly convert food because of disruption in the glucose METABOLISM process in the body. The substance responsible for glucose metabolism is insulin. At the onset of diabetes, the body is either not able to produces insulin (Type 1), or not able to assimilate the generated insulin (Type 2 and most common).

There are many factors in today’s world contributing to diabetes. They include ‘hazardous’ nutrient-deficient foods loaded with processed sugars, fats and salt, prescription drugs, and environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides and numerous chemicals ’embedded’ in everyday products.

All of these things interfere with the natural body and its thousands of internal processes’ ability to function properly. Some of them we can’t avoid. But there is much we can do to learn about proper nutrition and improve the way we feed ourselves and our families to the best of our ability.

And we need to keep in mind that our healthcare system is not always our best friend. There’s too much money involved.

Source: http://viewsandpreviews.com

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