I probably don’t need to point out that I write about diabetes and the diabesity a lot. But why wouldn’t I? It’s a major public health problem — not just in this country, but also around the world.
What I don’t do very often is cite statistics, because I know as well as anyone that a newsletter filled with stats can be boring. But diabetes statistics often prove to be an exception to this rule. Which is why when new numbers emerge, I don’t waste any time sharing them with you.
That’s because any information that might help prevent you from becoming a statistic is essential to your wellbeing, as far as I’m concerned. And because I want you to understand why I spend so much of my time working to stem the rising tide.
With that in mind, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Diabetes Statistics Report is out again. And it’s as depressing as ever.
According to this new report, nearly a third of the American population — that’s 100 million people — has diabetes or pre-diabetes.
And I can only imagine how many more have metabolic syndrome — a condition I recognize in my office. These patients have normal blood sugar — but they’re overweight with an abnormally high fasting insulin level. So it’s only a matter of time before their pancreas gives out from the stress of all the excess sugar and carbohydrates.
Then you’re dealing with full-blown diabetes… along with higher risk of heart disease, blindness, stroke, kidney failure, and amputations. And ultimately, double the risk of early death.
In fact, this new report states that diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015 — a year that saw 1.5 million new diagnoses among American adults. As I type this, a full 10 percent of the population has diabetes. (And given how many cases fly under the radar, that’s probably a low estimate — but I’ll come back to that.)
Meanwhile, one in three Americans have prediabetes. Which means that blood sugar levels aren’t quite high enough to count as diabetic. (Though ultimately, it’s splitting hairs — the organ damage that accompanies the disease is already well underway at this point.)
The scariest part, though, is how few diabetics even know they’re at risk. One in four, to be exact — while nearly 90 percent of pre-diabetics remain undiagnosed.
This new report also found that 25 percent of Americans aged 65 or older now have diabetes, deeming the senior demographic the most affected by the disease (by a wide margin).
These numbers are as staggering as we’ve all sadly come to expect. But the good news is that, Type 2 diabetes — by far the most common form of the disease — can be prevented, managed, and even reversed with diet and exercise alone.
Which means you have a choice. You can become Big Pharma’s next cash cow. Or you can get ahead of this life-threatening disease before it takes you down. And one way to do that is by arming yourself with knowledge. Which is why I compiled all that I know into one easy-to-navigate resource, my Metabolic Repair Protocol.
Whether you’re trying to drive down blood sugar, wipe out inflammation, or just lose a few pounds, my drug-free protocol can get you started in the right direction towards better health. If you have type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high fasting insulin levels, or a family history of the disease, I can help. To learn more about my Metabolic Repair Protocol or to enroll today, click here.
Because as this latest crop of killer statistics shows, it could quite literally save your life.