It's the disease that's becoming more and more prevalent among westernized cultures. Diabetes, along with the obesity epidemic that's fueling it, is growing rampant and the numbers behind the illness are almost too large to wrap your mind around. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 25.8 million people have diabetes in the United States. That's approximately 8.3% of the population. But that's not the disturbing part. The real kicker is another 79 million people in the U.S. are at risk for developing diabetes and are classified as having prediabetes.
The ADA goes on to report that the total cost of treating both diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. in 2007 was a whopping $218 billion dollars! That's more than the $171 billion dollars that the Department of Defense reportedly spent on BOTH the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2010. And it's almost double the $129.8 billion that the U.S. federal government budgeted for education in 2011.
But it's not the financial burden of diabetes that hurts the worst. If you're one of the people who suffers from this chronic disease then you're probably all too familiar with the fact that diabetes can lead to further serious medical conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, hearing loss, peripheral neuropathy, skin infections and skin ulcers, impotence, depression, peripheral arterial disease, strokes, limb amputations, and even death. And with a list this long it goes without saying that we must do something to turn things around. So what do we do?
First, we need to understand the disease better. Second, we need to adopt the approaches that have been proven by science to be the most effective, safest, and least costly ways to beat this disease. So what do you say... why don't we take an in depth look at both of these.