Brace yourself. In brief, here are the statistics for the prevalence of diabetes in North America.
United States: 9.3% of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, including children. In Canada, it’s 6.8%.
There are 1.6 million new reported cases of diabetes in North America every year and the rate is rising.
Add to that the number of people with “pre-diabetes”, i.e., those with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels but not yet high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes (but at high risk for crossing over that line): 92,000,000—thats 92 MILLION people in the two countries.
TYPE 2 DIABETES IS PREVENTABLE.
The vast majority of people are not born with a faulty pancreas.
We hammer this little organ over time until it just can’t keep up with the abuse.
We’re addicted to sugar, processed foods, and television and it’s making us very sick before killing us.
There are pills for diabetes, prescriptions your doctor can write that seem to alleviate its effects, and drug companies are assiduously working on others because the market demand is definitely there (see statistics above—that’s a lotta potential revenue).
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new warning for several diabetes drugs that have been available for many years.
Then there’s synthetic insulin that we inject to supplement what our hampered bodies can naturally produce. A 2014 joint study of the efficacy and impacts on wellness of diabetes therapies conducted by the University College of London, University of Michigan, and Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital concluded:
“In many cases, insulin treatment may not do anything to add to the person’s quality life expectancy. Ultimately, the aim of a treatment is not to lower blood sugar for its own sake but to prevent debilitating or deadly complications. If the risk of these complications is suitably low and the burden of treatment correspondingly high, treatment will do more harm than good.”
We opt for conventional therapies to avoid lifestyle change and to afford us the ability to eat whatever we choose to eat.