Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, June 22, 2006
The researchers tracked over 3000 non-diabetic study participants through the 70s, 80, and 90s and followed for an additional 8 years for new cases of diabetes. Between the 70s and 80s, the chances of getting diabetes increased by 40% while between 70s and 90s, they doubled. Between the 70s and 90s, women’s incidence of developing diabetes increased 84%, while men’s new cases more than doubled.
The researchers did not assess the effect of exercise or diet in the study, but they did measure BMI (body mass index), which has been increasing steadily in time, with most incidences of diabetes among those with the highest BMI. (Summary by Kasia Kines, MS, CN, CNS, LDN)
Dr. Ray Hinish’s Comments:
So diabetes is increasing in our society, this is certainly not news to us and I assure you that most health care providers do not need a study to alert them to this fact. We could have saved a lot of money and just looked at the sale of diabetes medications. While we are at it we could get an even better idea by looking at the sale of medications for heart disease, hypertension, nerve damage (neuropathy) & antibiotic use. All of these medications will increase with the incidence of diabetes. So now what? Now we need to prescribe a dose of honesty to ourselves and realize that we have more medications to treat diabetes than we ever have and the incidence continues to rise. Medical experts will say, “yeah, but people are getting older…” as if diabetes is perfectly in line with the normal course of aging. We must realize that diabetes is very preventable, it is not a part of normal aging, and we must change our methods of treating it. More importantly we must do more to prevent it in the first place. We can start by removing the blinders! Check our articles section for articles on how to beat diabetes.