Would you believe that’s a picture of a few of the Diabetics in Phoenix, Arizona? Okay, maybe not – but read on.
In my brain I knew the number of Diabetics in the US was increasing. I mean, how could it not since we are enticed everyday by foods and drinks that just do two things to us: Make us gain weight, and Consume massive amounts of carbohydrates. Even though I knew the number was going up, I was still shocked.
‘Type 2 diabetes has become one of the most common and fastest growing diseases. Fully one in eight adults, approximately 29 million people, now report that they have been diagnosed with this dangerous condition,’ said Harris Poll chairman Dr. Humphrey Taylor, clinical director of the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center in New York.
‘Diabetes is very insidious. You don’t know you’re in trouble until the complications hit or until it’s so out of control you have uncontrolled urination and thirst, two of the common symptoms of diabetes,’ he added. Read the full article.
It took me reading that three times to understand that the 29,000,000 people he is referring to are those who have been diagnosed. The number I have used until this moment was about 18,000,000 diagnosed Diabetics which is from an earlier study. The language used in the referenced article is very specific: “approximately 29 million people, now report that they have been diagnosed…” That’s an increase of over 11,000,000 people in a few years years! That is shocking to me, if true. Even if the study is referring to diagnosed and undiagnosed, it’s still an increase of about 20%!
The American Diabetes Association refers to a study released in 2011, which states there are 18,000,000 Americans diagnosed with Diabetes.
Now, I don’t know how many Diabetics there really are in the US – I just know there are too many – and that is why I have declared War On Diabetes. It has to be stopped.
I am always saddened when I look at the numbers. They are always big, big numbers and they don’t have to be. You can control your Diabetes. You can reverse or postpone the onset of Diabetes if diagnosed with Prediabetes. It’s your life; take control.
As always, thank you for reading.