A few weeks ago, I told you about my recent experience with health insurance coverage— or lack thereof. And I also told you how people in the UK are petitioning to change their healthcare expenditures by charging people who abuse the system more.
Well it looks like a variation of that concept is already happening here in the U.S.
According to a new study published in the journal Diabetes Care, people with diabetes have significantly higher health-related costs than those without the disease. In fact, researchers found that diabetics have more than double the medical costs of non-diabetics — $12,180 over a 10-year period for diabetics compared with just $5,058 over 10 years for non-diabetics.
These costs aren’t on overall insurance premiums per se. Instead, they reflect increased spending on inpatient hospital visits and prescription drugs. Expenses people without diabetes just don’t have. But you can bet insurance companies will raise the premiums for everyone to offset the extra cash they’re doling out to cover diabetes-related costs.
It’s a lose-lose for all of us.
And what I find especially maddening is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
There’s no reason you should pay twice as much on health care expenses for even one year — let alone 10. Because there’s no reason you should have diabetes a year — or a decade — from now.
Mainstream medicine will tell you diabetes is something that can only be “managed” with expensive, dangerous drugs — not reversed. (After all, they’re more than happy to keep lining their pockets with your money.)
But they’re wrong.
The fact is, diabetes is completely reversible. And NOT with the drugs you’re paying extra for.
I’ve been helping patients reverse type-2 diabetes for years in my tiny practice in Manhattan. And I’ve done it with safe, natural, affordable, science-backed strategies. In fact, more and more studies are cropping up all the time, proving these very methods.
For instance, just a few years ago, researchers from Newcastle University in the UK were able to completely reverse type 2 diabetes in every study participant in just 8 weeks. The protocol they used is virtually identical to the one I prescribe to my patients. It didn’t incorporate any drugs. In fact, patients were told to stop taking any and all blood sugar medications before the study even began.
My patients have all been able to ditch their diabetes meds too. Sometimes even quicker than the subjects in this study.
But perhaps even more satisfying to me personally is that I’ve also helped countless people avoid diabetes — and all its complications — in the first place.
In fact, it’s really a complete metabolic repair protocol. Which means it doesn’t just target full-blown cases of diabetes…it can also help you rein in all the risk factors that lead up to the disease. Things like obesity, blood sugar swings, elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, etc.
All that said, my protocol isn’t a “magic bullet.” It’s a complete, comprehensive strategy that targets every aspect of metabolic health. Including some that might surprise you (and, hence, ones most physicians rarely address).
But if we’re ever going to turn the tide on the diabetes epidemic sweeping through this country, it’s absolutely critical that we target this disease from every angle. And that we stop it in its tracks, before it even starts.
It’s not just your bank account that depends on it — so does your life.
“Trends in Healthcare Expenditure in United States Adults With Diabetes: 2002-2011,” Diabetes Care, epub ahead of print 7/22/15
“Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalization of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol,” Diabetologia 2011; 54(10): 2,506-2,514