Diabetes Kills More Americans Than Believed
The number of people with diabetes in the US is also growing, and recent research revealed more people may be dying from the disease than was originally believed.
According to The Obesity Society, type 2 diabetes accounts for nearly 90% of all diagnosis of diabetes, and obesity is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
The CDC ranks diabetes as the 7th leading cause of death in the USA.
But, analysis of death certificate information and follow up indicates a greater number of deaths should be attributed to diabetes.
For the study, researchers analyzed data for participants who had previously participated in the National Health and Nutrition Survey and the National Health Interview Survey.
Participants who subsequently died during the study were evaluated based on self-reporting for diabetes. The researchers then searched the death certificates for cause of death.
Based on the survey data, over 11% had died from complications of diabetes, but less than 4% had diabetes complications mentioned on their death certificates.
The researchers found the following:
“The proportion of deaths in which diabetes was assigned as the underlying cause of death (3.3 to 3.7 percent) severely understated the contribution of diabetes to mortality in the United States.
Diabetes may represent a more prominent factor in American mortality than is commonly appreciated, reinforcing the need for robust population-level interventions aimed at diabetes prevention and care.”
The cost of treating diabetes extends to traditional medical care, indirect costs, disability and cost of treating complications. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in Y 2013 diabetes health care costs were over $101-B and topped the list of the costliest health care expenses.
Researchers traced costs related to 155 disease for 18 years.
They found only 20 of those diseases were responsible for over 50% of all medical costs in the US. In terms of total dollars spent, diabetes was the most expensive.
However, in their list of Top 10 costly health care diagnoses, four others were health conditions commonly associated with a diagnosis of diabetes.
Ischemic heart disease ranked 2nd on the list, costing over $88-B.
Other health problems associated with diabetes include vision and hearing problems, hypertension and depression.
Indirect disability costs may also be related to nerve dysfunction, kidney disease, vision loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
Until now, the link between hyperglycemia and the increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive form of dementia, has not been clear.
In a recent study, researchers discovered hyperglycemia damages immune function, impairing response in early Alzheimer’s disease.
The study, published in Scientific Reports, found hyperglycemia modified macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF or MMIF) in the brain of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.
This may suggest sugar damage to MIF reduces some of the enzyme’s functions and blocks others completely. This may be related to the process that allows Alzheimer’s to develop.
Studies are gradually unearthing the complex changes in the brain that occur with the development of Alzheimer’s that may start as much as 10 years prior to clinical symptoms.
During this pre-symptomatic period, toxic changes are setting the stage for development of disease.
In this short TED talk, Dr. Sarah Hallberg discusses the success she has treating people with diabetes, reducing blood sugar using dietary choices.
At the core of the pathology behind diabetes is mitochondrial dysfunction and eating a high-carbohydrate diet that bathes our mitochondria in glucose, which in turn suppresses mitochondrial metabolism.
Your mitochondria are tiny energy producers inside most of our cells. They are the primary source of energy required to keep your body functioning optimally.
As mitochondrial function is at the heart of your health, optimizing it is extremely important to health and disease prevention.
Mitochondrial dysfunction may lead to cardiovascular disease, depression, type 2 diabetes, stroke and neurological dysfunction. In essence, at the core of many diseases are dysfunctional mitochondria, and the diseases are simply different labels for a foundational pathology at the cellular level.
The good news is type 2 diabetes is easily preventable, and nearly 100 percent reversible.
There are 4 Key lifestyle strategies to accomplish this are exercise, non-exercise movement throughout each day, Peak Fasting and a Real food-based ketogenic diet.
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