Diabetes: One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World

Diabetes: One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World

Diabetes: One of the Most Expensive and Lethal Diseases in the World

The links between diabetes and other lethal conditions such as heart disease and cancer are exceedingly compelling.

Recent research showed life expectancy has declined in the US for the 1st time in 20 years, leaving researchers searching for clues as to the cause.

While drug overdoses appear to have contributed to the decline, obesity also plays a major role.

Now, a follow-up study suggests type 2 diabetes is a Key factor.

As reported: “[R]esearchers have long known that diabetes is an underreported cause of death on death certificates, the primary data source for determining life expectancy trends. That’s because people with diabetes often have multiple health conditions, or “comorbidities,” such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and even cancer … [According to] Andrew Stokes, assistant professor of global health at Boston University’s School of Public Health … ‘[T]o some extent, deaths that should be attributed to diabetes go to other causes.'”

The links between diabetes and other lethal conditions such as heart disease and cancer are exceedingly compelling.

The good news is that once you understand how insulin and leptin resistance fuels all of these conditions, the remedy becomes clear.

Best of all, preventing and treating the underlying cause of diabetes is fairly simple and straightforward, and does not cost much.

To evaluate the potential influence of diabetes on death rates, the researchers calculated the risk of death among diabetics during 5 years of follow up.

Shockingly, while death certificates suggest diabetes is involved in about 3.5% of deaths, the real number is likely around 12%, and among the obese, it may be as high as 19%.

As noted: “That means that while diabetes is generally listed as the 7th most common cause of death in America … their results suggest it’s probably the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease.”

This is a tragedy when you consider that type 2 diabetes is entirely preventable and treatable with a low-net-carb diet and other healthy lifestyle changes, such as avoiding sitting and getting healthy Sun exposure.

Most of these strategies are inexpensive or free, as the cost of conventional diabetes treatment keeps going up.

In fact, diabetes is now one of the most expensive diseases in the US. Of 155 chronic conditions, diabetes topped the list at $101.4-B in personal health care spending in Y 2013.

In the last 20 years, the cost of insulin has shot up by 450%. A single months’ supply of insulin can now cost nearly $255, compared to less than $21 in Y 1996.

The reality is that insulin has no place in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and actually accelerates death.

To that, you have to add the cost for other medications, syringes, pumps and blood sugar sensors and monitors, + healthcare costs associated with comorbidities.

It’s not surprising then that diabetics spend an average of 230% more on medical expenditures than non-diabetics.

Fully 50% of Americans Are Pre-Diabetic or Diabetic

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Long-Term Trends in Diabetes,” April 2016. Americans diagnosed with diabetes, 1958 through 2014.

According to data published in Y 2015, about 50% of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic. Another analysis of health trends around the world from Y’s 1990 – 2013 also revealed a striking rise in diabetes.

The data, which spanned 188 countries, showed a 45% increase in diabetes prevalence between Y’s 1990 and 2013, with some countries faring worse than others.

In the US alone, diabetes rates rose by 71%.

At least 20% of the population in every U.S. state is also obese, a condition that severely predisposes you to diabetes. That said, being skinny is not a blanket assurance of healthy insulin sensitivity.

Research suggests 33% of normal-weight adults may also be pre-diabetic without knowing it.

Besides the obvious day-to-day inconveniences and risks of diabetes, it is also linked to a wide array of complications, including heart disease, below the knee amputations, kidney damage, blindness and hearing impairments.

Again, fundamentally these complications are due to underlying insulin and leptin resistance.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine still has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem with blood sugar rather than impaired insulin and leptin signaling, caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels.

This is why treating type 2 diabetes with insulin does not help, but actually worsens the problem.

In fact, giving insulin to someone with type 2 diabetes is one of the worst things that can be done. The truth of the matter is that type 2 diabetes is a preventable condition that arises from faulty leptin signaling and insulin resistance, both of which are directly diet- and exercise-related.

Experts say the type 2 diabetes is not a blood sugar disorder.

Once a sufferer understand that, the remedy becomes clear: To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body’s insulin and leptin sensitivities, and the only way to accomplish that is through proper diet and exercise.

Eat healthy, Be healthy, Exercise and Live lively

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