Pre-Diabetes: America’s Newest Health Epidemic

Everyone reading this article will have or know someone whose life has been affected by type II diabetes. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stated that 1 out of every 11 people already has diabetes…. And 1 out of every 4 people don’t know they have it yet.  By 2020, 1 in 2 Americans will be pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Pre-diabetes is essentially the “warning light” for a severely dysfunctional metabolic system.  It’s a condition where the body is becoming unable to appropriately handle glucose which leads to high blood sugar and insulin resistance (ultimately diabetes II). Like the warning lights on a car, if we choose to ignore the problem there will likely be negative consequences.

You might be wondering “what’s the problem with pre-diabetes? It’s just sugar, right?”

Let me explain. Pre-diabetes is an early version of diabetes whic can result in many additional health problems, including nerve damage, heart attacks, kidney failure, and low immunity. Research clearly shows that diabetes puts you at greater risk of heart disease (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2005) which is actually the #1 killer of Americans today. But can diabetes result in early death? Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined (World Diabetes Foundation).

Diabetes type II is primarily caused by consumption of the wrong types of foods (such as sugar and grains) and nutrient deficiencies that affect the function of insulin and glucose. Being diabetic isn’t about having to change the way you eat to “watch your sugars” after developing the disease – it’s the foods and habits that caused the disease in the first place. Diabetes will not improve by adding insulin or eating 11 servings of grains daily. More medication would only change the lab values associated with the condition.  Diabetes improves by eliminating the need for insulin – and by...Read More

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