Findings—Half of U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes

Man with diabetes holding a stack of chocolate chip cookies

The most recent study reveals that almost half of U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, with gains in the disease across every racial, ethnic and gender group, regardless of income and/or education levels.

The study used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data collected between 1988-1994 and again in 1999-2012.

Researchers found a 25 percent overall increase between the two studies. Currently (2012) 27 million adult Americans have diabetes and 86 million have pre-diabetes.

“We found 14 percent of people in the U.S. have diabetes, and this is even higher among Blacks, Asians and Hispanics (who apparently come to the U.S. and succumb to the Standard American Diet (SAD),”  said Andy Menke, PhD, epidemiologist and lead author of the study, which was published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The breakdown found that diabetes afflicts 37 percent of Blacks, 50 percent of Asians and 49 percent of Hispanics.

The findings showed that diabetes is more prevalent in the 65 and older age group (33 percent), compared to the 45-64 age group (17.5 percent) and only 5 percent among the under 45’s. One alarming discovery was the increase of diabetes in those under age 20 from almost nothing in the first study to over 200,000 in the latest study (with data only available for 2010 in that category).

Diabetes was the 7th leading cause of (largely preventable) death in the U.S. (in 2010) and overall medical costs were $245 billion (in 2012)!

According to Dr. Mercola, the overwhelming amount of fructose in the SAD diet is a major factor in the rise of diabetes rates. And GMO corn and soy products are the major villains, found in 70 to 80 percent of processed deli, packaged and frozen foods in supermarkets.

And, says Mercola, corn and soy producers, which form the foundation of today’s unhealthy foods, are also our country’s primary taxpayer-subsidy gluttons, set to reap $3.37 billion in subsidies from our generous friends in Washington in 2017, up 38 percent from 2014!

Unlike most federally approved diets to defeat (Type 2) diabetes, which recommend lots of whole grains, along with fruits and vegetables, Mercola and many other health experts, including Dr. Davis, author of Wheat Belly, recommend avoiding all gluten (wheat, subsidized not far behind corn and soy)- containing products.

That is, if you are serious about getting your diabetes under control and not being part of the $245 billion cost of burgeoning diabetes rates in the U.S.

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