Chart of the Day: Diabetes – A Look at the Numbers

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released research on March 22, 2018 ( most recent), estimating the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $327 billion in 2017 from $245 billion in 2012 when the cost was last examined. This figure represents a 26% increase over a five-year period.

US Diabetes 2018The prevalence of diabetes (type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes) will increase by 54% to more than 54.9 million Americans between 2015 and 2030; annual deaths attributed to diabetes will climb by 38% to 385,800, and total annual medical and societal costs related to diabetes will increase 53% to more than $622 billion by 2030. Learn more here from a report from the National Institutes of Health. See below a rather disturbing diabetes trend in the US below.

US Diabetes Historical

Western diet (WD) is one of the major culprits of metabolic disease including type 2 diabetes (T2D) with gut microbiota playing an important role in modulating the effects of the diet. Learn more here in a detailed report.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 463 million people between the ages of 20 and 79 suffered from diabetes worldwide in 2019. This represents 9.3% of the world population in this age group. The total number of adults with the disease is projected to increase to 700.1 million (10.9% of the global population) by 2045.

The regions with the highest shares of adults suffering from the disease are North America and the Middle East. South Asia – is set to nearly catch up with Western Asia and Latin America by 2045. Learn more here and see the infographic below.

Global Diabetes TrendsAggressive population health measures, including increased availability of diabetes prevention programs, could help millions of adults prevent or delay the progression to type 2 diabetes, thereby helping turn around these dire projections. See here on CDC response on diabetes symptoms and here for more infographics. See here for CDC help.

Given the rising costs of healthcare, much less diabetes alone, will our healthcare experts start mandating treatments and lifestyle changes to combat diabetes – using the same arguments as recent Covid mandates? The rise in diabetes some would argue was caused by diets driven by large corporations themselves – there would be a financial conflict of interest.

As far as diabetes mandates – let’s not give them any ideas.

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  1. I hate to narrow it down to this but DMII is pretty much a self-control issue. Of course, in not all cases, but one only needs to spend an afternoon at Walmart in the 6 Cs areas—carbonated beverages, chips, cookies, crackers, candy, and cake, and he’ll understand.

  2. Type II is almost completely related to excessive processed food consumption, and sedentary lifestyle. These are much more complex issues than on the surface. Several factors are in play in the food industry as well as government engineering /subsidy to promote corn syrup etc. Feeding the world meant finding ways to preserve food on the shelf longer but our bodies do not possess naturally a way to effectively process what they stick into most of our foods anymore. There is also a component of what we feed our animals we eat and what we spray on our food we grow that our bodies do not completely break down. History has shown many wealthy not very physically active yet TYPE II was not really present- this has to do with the term active. Even the wealthy through centuries lived in a non -modern , non- tech world so just attending activities of daily living involved walking and physical motion more. Finally, Sleep deprivation plays a role in that when we do not get effective REM sleep our Kreb cycle does not filter through as well and we pump cortisol which stores fat. Again common sense dictates that children in the 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s drank tons of sugar Kool aid yet no exploding Type II. So the whole sugary soda narrative is rather misleading . It is the inactivity combined with sugar that is the issue if consuming natural sugar. The processed foods contain maximum sodium and corn syrup which is like dosing up toxicity to the way your body utilizes fuel to a degree . Throw in on top of all this that so many of us are on pharmaceuticals that interfere with natural digestion too. Then the secondary culprit to the above discussion is the diet industry . Fat Free – sugar free- carb free blah blah free all do the opposite to your metabolism than marketed. 50 yr diet industry push has yielded more overweight people…hmmm….. Type II explosion of cases go hand in hand with food allergens and gluten issues too. The real truth is all those targets that are so bad for you , like sugar, soda , starchy foods etc. really are not bad for you if they come from nature unaltered to much a degree and are eaten moderately along with good protein and veges and you are moderately active. Here is an interesting study to read about the connections of the food industry – government incentives https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4957141/
    It should not be understated that the more OTC diabetic meds came online the more explosion of Type II diagnosis happened, Many of the last 4 decades of cardiac meds also tend to spar on Type II eventually as well as some anti depressants, Finally – eat more on the four outside walls of the grocery, stay away from packaged diet foods, and moderately consume fast food and sugar and walk 30 additional minutes a day and your health will improve. Any notion that present – day western governments will stop with covid mandates and not regulate and penalize diabetes ,and other health issues is a lost cause now. They plan to tax your choices, regulate your ability to obtain work, and isolate you from culture unless you comply across the board.
    The scary truth is governments , science and medicine know exactly how to reveres TYPE II exploding and a simple education campaign NOT mandates could go a long way of doing just that. Remember the food pyramid? It was totally wrong and created negative outcomes not positive.
    Indoctrination is different than simply clearing up misconceptions and providing sound known science to the public. But this would mean outing all involved from government to food industry giants to pharm to come clean and allow Americans to upright heir physical health ship so to speak. It seems it is far easier to hide the truths and blame a fast food hamburger instead. Here is a clue – the food stamp industry and welfare state is huge and corporations and gov. make money off of it in various ways. Most inner cities do not have a selection of fresh produce etc. grocery available so primarily they spend the subsidy on cheap processed foods.
    Sad Sad times indeed.

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