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It’s No Joke: Half of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

September 22, 2015

Diabetes is a
costly disease—It’s a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S., and
it racked up an estimated $245 billion in 2012 due to the increased use of
health resources and lost productivity. A recent study in JAMA analyzed the prevalence of and trends in diabetes among U.S.
adults, and the results are alarming—at least 50% of U.S. adults have diabetes
or pre-diabetes.

As you may
know, diabetes is caused when your blood sugar is elevated, either due to a
lack of insulin production (Type 1) or insulin resistance (Type 2), which is
usually the result of obesity, poor diet , genetics, and/or a lack of exercise all
leading to metabolic syndrome. Pre-diabetes is when a person has elevated triglycerides,
low HDL, a large waist circumference, in some cases high blood pressure, and is at risk to develop
diabetes. All if which is an indication of some degree of a carbohydrate intolerance.

The JAMA study used data collected as part of the 1988-94 and the 1999-2000
to 2011-12 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) from over
26,000 adults. The researchers say that between this time period, “the
prevalence of diabetes increased significantly among the overall population and
among each age group, both sexes, every racial/ethnic group, every educational
level, and every income level, with a particular rapid increase among non-Hispanic
black and Mexican American participants.”

This surge in diabetes appears to be directly tied to our current obesity
epidemic.

What’s the solution? When you follow a controlled
carbohydrate diet like Atkins, you significantly
reduce carb intake overall—with the majority of your carb intake focusing on high
fiber carbohydrate choices such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and controlled portions of whole grains,
depending on your personal carb tolerance—insulin resistance rapidly improves
and blood glucose control is corrected dramatically. Additionally, most people
find that they can stop or substantially reduce their diabetes medications with
the help of their health care provider.

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