According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is on the rise in America. Key findings from a recently published report:
- 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That almost one out of ten Americans!
- In just 4 years, over 3 million new people have joined the diabetes family!
- 1 in 4 people with diabetes does not even know it.
- 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes. That’s over 25% of Americans.
If these numbers aren’t enough to make your stomach turn, brace yourself for the future, because estimates talk of 100 million Americans with diabetes by 2050. That’s diabetes in every family.
These are impressive numbers if you are a pharmaceutical company. But for everyone else, diabetes is huge tax on health, happiness, and other resources. If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, you know how consuming this disease is. It requires constant monitoring of blood glucose levels, medication, insulin injections, visits to physicians and hospitals, and more. All this just to manage the disease. If co-morbidity such as heart disease or kidney disease exist, the situation is even more complicated.
The saddest part of it all is that most people suffer from type 2 diabetes, which is totally preventable through proper nutrition and weight management. But prevention is not an attractive business model in America. It’s much more profitable for corporations to fatten us up through fast food and junk food, and then to get us hooked on meds and expensive healthcare as treatment. Heaven forbid that our federal government intervene with some serious public health policy and regulation. Because that would be an infringement on freedom and the American way of life. Our right to freedom from disease is secondary to the right of junk food corporations to make money. Until this changes, diabetes will hit more and more American families.