Twenty years. That’s how far in advance the red flags of diabetes start to wave before a full-blown diagnosis.
This is the conclusion of new research, which debuted at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). And it’s enough to make you wonder how we’re still in the throes of a diabetes epidemic at all.
As part of this latest study, Japanese researchers followed 30,000 non-diabetic adults from 2005 to 2016. They looked at the trajectory of a number of metabolic factors — including fasting blood glucose, BMI, and insulin sensitivity — over the course of 10 years.
And their findings, while hardly surprising to me, are really worth some serious attention.
The dominoes start falling decades before diagnosis
By the end of the study period, just over 1,000 subjects ended up with a diabetes. These subjects suffered higher rates of the common risk factors I mentioned above.
And the differences in these markers between diabetics and non-diabetics only became more pronounced over time. Fasting glucose, for example, held steady at around 94 mg/dL among nondiabetics. But among eventual diabetics, the same measure shot up from 101.5 mg/dL ten years before diagnosis to 110 mg/dL one year before diagnosis.
As the lead study author points out, the numbers in this study show that prediabetes isn’t a starting point — it’s an end point. And, in fact, some metabolic warning signs are detectable as many as two decades before a formal diagnosis.
“We may need to intervene much earlier than the prediabetes stage to prevent progression to full blown diabetes,” he adds.
GEE, YA THINK?
We’re talking about a slow-motion train wreck here. So the fact that these statistics continue to skyrocket — despite decades of advance warning — is simply appalling.
But it’s also typical. When you have Big Pharma calling the shots, preventive medicine goes out the window. Why pull patients off the ledge with simple lifestyle changes when, with a few more years of waiting, you could wind up with a whole new crop of customers?
It’s not hard to see what’s going on here… And if you’re angry about it, you absolutely should be. I’m infuriated!
Because it’s not just perfectly preventable cases of diabetes that are skyrocketing on conventional medicine’s watch. The same thing is happening with every chronic disease you can think of… from Alzheimer’s to cancer.
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