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Diabetes diagnoses increasing at alarming rate
November 15th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

Diabetes diagnoses increasing at alarming rate

The odds are increasing that you or someone you know has Type 2 diabetes. The latest Morbidity and Mortality report (MMWR) released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that from 1995 to 2010, there was at least a 100% increase in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes cases in 18 states. Forty-two states saw an increase of at least 50%.

"Even when you know that [the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes] is increasing, to see that level of increase was shocking to me," says Linda Geiss, a statistician with CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation and the lead author of the MMWR.

"It was the 100% figure. 100% – that's a large increase."

Predictably, states in the South where obesity levels have also steadily increased had some of the highest increases in diabetes. Oklahoma topped the list with an increase of 226%, followed by Kentucky with 158%, Georgia with 145%, Alabama with 140% and the state of Washington with 135%.

The American Diabetes Association says approximately 8% of the U.S. population, or 25.8 million people, have diabetes and another 79 million people are pre-diabetic. The overwhelming majority of the cases are Type 2.

Obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, and like the increased prevalence in diagnosed diabetes cases, the rate of obesity in the United States also increased over the last decade, although it now appears to have steadied.

Earlier this year, a report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimated that 42% of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030 and an additional 30 million Americans will be obese in 18 years.

"For someone who might be at high risk [for diabetes], you should know that you can prevent the disease or delay it," says Geiss. "Increase your physical activity, improve your diet, lose 5 to 7% of your body weight if you're at high risk."

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  1. Natalie

    Go and tell Junk Food industry.

    November 15, 2012 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      Junk Food doesn't kill people. People putting junk food into their own mouths kills people.
      They sell rat poison too. That doesn't mean you should eat it.

      November 15, 2012 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      On your way there, be sure to tell the millions of people who get little or no exercise yet continue to overeat everything from snack foods to lunches to entrees.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      When you go behind politics we see that type 2 diabetes has already been reversed without this dangerous surgery. Dr Liu in Denmark revealed how to reverse diabetes without any medications.
      Diabetes has been reversed in over 10,000 people by using a specialized diabetes diet. The diet also reversed body fat in people trying to lose weight. Scientists showed food chemicals is the cause of almost all diabetes. They also showed how to reverse your own diabetes without medications.

      just google SPIRIT HAPPY CURE

      November 15, 2012 at 16:02 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Penny, rat poison clearly has a skull and bones label and is not sold to be eaten, big difference. A lot of junk food is even labeled to make people think it is reduced this or that and therefore healthy. Your argument is pointless. i fyou are going to tax smoking because of increased health cost, tax them too so they have to pay for their share of increased cost, it has surpassed smoking by billions.

      November 15, 2012 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      "Go and tell Junk Food industry."
      Go and sue the Vaccine Industry ?

      November 16, 2012 at 09:06 | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Alot of the people at risk in this report don;t have grocery stores with fresh, healthy foods in their neighborhoods. if you can't make it to a grocery or can't afford the food at the local "convenience" store, people are forced to eat fast food or processed foods. there are a lot of reason for this and to instantly blame people for eating the wrong foods is to speak out of ignorance.

      November 16, 2012 at 15:43 | Report abuse |
    • DaMeglet

      What I see happening almost every time I turn around is parents placating their small children with gadgets and food. Two of my relatives do it to their kids, who are now all very obese. If my 120-pound, 9-year-old niece isn't in front of a TV with a donut in her mouth, she gets panicked! She begs for food whenever she's bored. She can't self-soothe for 5 minutes without the aid of an ipod or some sort of screen to stare at and something in her mouth. Why? Because when she was little, her momma parked her in front of the TV with a bowl of spaghettio's to shut her up! Beware the shortcuts you take with your children - your child will pay, and you will be to blame!

      November 17, 2012 at 00:05 | Report abuse |
  2. ME? Scared?

    Why should people change? Both my in-laws have diabetes, but the doctor just gives them more insulin. They continue to eat and eat. Their doctor gives them the perfect "out": Do whatever you want!!! We have drugs for that!

    November 15, 2012 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Smith111

      I have several relatives that thought that as well, that medicine would take care of them. They are all dead now.

      November 15, 2012 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
    • Penny

      MeScared – Diabetes Type 2 is not a disease that is characterized by a lack of insulin. It is a lack of cells responding to insulin, or a lack of access to those cells. The result is that increasing insulin dose will only help for a short time. And this largely unregulated insulin (meaning not subject to homeostatic mechanisms) has harmful side effects. Your in-laws are headed for a bad time. They are not being given an “out”, they are being handed the rope that will hang them.

      November 15, 2012 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      People should change because as long as their blood sugar remains uncontrolled – as indicated by every-increasing insulin requirements – the huge number of truly horrific side effects caused by diabetes continue to burn like a pile of leaves with gasoline tossed on it. Heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, extremity amputation and a host of other disorders have their risk factors soar along with poorly controlled blood sugar.

      I have Type I diabetes. I WISH I had Type II, which can be controlled very successfully through diet and exercise alone, especially when caught early. In my case, however, until they figure out how to reeducate my immune system and grow me a new pancreas, I'm stuck on insulin and constant blood monitoring.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • ConA

      There is hope-read the interesting article in the Discover magazine, Dec. 2012, page 52 on gastric bypass surgery and how it cures many type II diabetics. They are trying to figure out how to do this without the actual surgery, since the diabetes subsides before the patient loses weight (the reason for the surgery).

      November 16, 2012 at 10:25 | Report abuse |
  3. kronsbeast

    There is no real increase. Drug companies keep broadening the definition.

    November 15, 2012 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Penny

      Sure. And there is no increase in obesity either. The scale manufacturers keep changing the definition of a pound.

      November 15, 2012 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Uh – no. Diabetes has been known as a disease for literally thousands of years, and its diagnosis hasn't changed in the developed world. Measuring blood sugar levels is cheap, simply and foolproof, and if you have high blood sugar levels you have diabetes, plain and simple.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:07 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      kronsbeast has a point at least in some cases, many now want to treat patients who have fasting BS levels of 107, that should be treated with diet and exercise only if at all. However type 2 is most DEFINITELY on the increase.

      November 15, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      sixsense, people can have high blood sugar levels for a period of time after steroid use, (corticol steroid) it doesn't mean they have diabetes

      November 15, 2012 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "people can have high blood sugar levels for a period of time after steroid use"

      That's nice. But the topic is diagnosis, which includes things like medical history, current drug use and the other vanishingly rare influences that might produce a false reading or spike.

      November 16, 2012 at 04:50 | Report abuse |
    • Taysha

      Actually, SixDegree, kronbeast is rigt.

      About 15 years ago diabetes was defined by a fasting blood sugar higher than 120 and a random blood sugar higher than 200.
      The hemoglobin A1c for a normal person went up to 7%, which was an average of 160mg/dl

      Today, diabetes is defined as a fasting blood sugar between 100-120, and a random blood sugar higher than 140. The hA1c for a normal person is up to 6%, which is an average blood sugar of 120mg/dl

      So...yeah. The definition has changed.

      November 16, 2012 at 07:27 | Report abuse |
  4. Maelius

    Can you say, duh? Way too much refined sugar, corn syrup, and starch in American's diets with an ever increasing obesity epidemic. I think that tripling insurance premiums on folks who fall into an obese category is a great way to put a dent into this issue although I'm probably going to get responses from folks making excuses about glandular disorders, etc. which is in fact extremely rare. Likely they are just making excuses for they don't eat right and exercise.

    Folks the good news is that this is reversible if you are willing to commit to a lifestyle change.

    November 15, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liv

      Maelius,
      Most people of low socioeconomic status are overweight or obese. This is because junk foods tend to be much cheaper than whole healthy foods. Tripling insurance premiums will only worsen the obesity problem because people who already do not have the money to eat right will surely not have the money to eat right while paying higher premiums.
      I'm not saying low socioeconomic status is the ONLY factor involved in obesity and diabetes, but it is a contributing factor.
      (Source: working at a women's homeless shelter where 90% of the women were obese and/or diabetic).

      November 16, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
  5. devin

    Part of this is due to our rapidly aging population.

    November 15, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Very little of it. Most of the newly diagnosed cases of Type II are among the young. In fact, it is somewhat rare for the elderly to develop diabetes, because their weight is often declining or stable – largely because the obese simply don't make it to the elderly category as often.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
  6. JV

    As a person with extreme type 2 diabetes and I am shocked at the arrogance and ignorance of this disease. The comments I have read have this moronic "consipracy theory" rhetoric. People would rather blame others (fast food industry, doctors, drug companies) but in reality it is the individual who is 100% responsible. Bottom line is people are lazy and along with that the worst conclusion of this disease (loss of eye sight, foot amputations, heart disease) is not enough to change their ways because it is a slower process of debilatation.

    November 15, 2012 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skeezix

      I agree. People need to be accountable and take responsibility for themselves and their health. shifting blame onto other people or some other factor means that you are a weak person who cannot admit they are lazy and unable or unwilling to change. It is not that the program did not work, it means that you did not work the program.

      Diabetics need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and monitor their daily fasting blood glucose as well as their A1C.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      Disease industry complex maximizes profit from created illness.
      Food Ingredients are hidden.
      People are hypnotized into mob behavior compliance.

      November 15, 2012 at 22:19 | Report abuse |
  7. SupportiveSpouse

    You can reverse diabetes. My spouse who had type two very hard case to deal with. One of the issues that is going on is the information is our of date. An excellent example is if you think you are healthy because your glucose is over 100. That's not the new norm. The new norm is 85 and under.
    Who would want to live taking pills and being slowed down by the disease? I am very proud we took nine months medical leave to work on the problem. And he had glucose of over 400! Now, it is 88.
    It is not easy! It takes a lot of lifestyle changes.
    And I wont spill the beans before the book is published.
    So yes there is ignorance among those who are satisfied poping pills and not looking at the reason how they got it.

    November 15, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      True for Type II, at least in many cases. For Type I, not so much; the immune system has destroyed the cells that produce insulin in the first place, and without a way to shut that reaction down and provide a new pancreas, Type I diabetes can only be controlled, not reversed.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:16 | Report abuse |
    • Skeezix

      Obesity induced diabetes can be reversed, however, those of us with a genetic predisposition and/or other diseases cannot reverse our diabetes. Control is the best we can hope for.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse |
    • onlyaname

      you must remember that even once you are no longer showing signs of type II diabetes you are still medical a diabetic. It can still come back if you do not keep up with the right diet. It is not really reversed so much as easily manged.

      November 17, 2012 at 07:08 | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    So has the consumption of sugar by young children. Gee, I wonder if there is any link? Bet the junk food industry has lots of fake studies to prove there is no link. Kinda like the cell phone industry and its fakes studies proving no links to brain tumors. We have proof, but I'm sorry the data is classified and we can't release it, but trust us, we would not lie. Did anyone learn from the cigarette industries decades of lies?????

    November 15, 2012 at 16:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      They do, however, have excellent and effective treatments for extreme, unwarranted paranoia such as yours. You might want to look into some professional help.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:10 | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      Killing U$ softly with sugar coated Noble Lies,
      GMO, Vaccinations, Chem -rails are weaponized to interact.

      November 15, 2012 at 18:43 | Report abuse |
    • Blueangel

      I ate a lot of sugar when I was a kid in the 50s.

      January 11, 2013 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
  9. Canopy

    I agree that in many ways medications takes away a person's "empowerment" to change their lifestyle. But I think in general the growth of technology and our ever evolving need for convenience is to blame. I'll give an example, I was raking my yard this weekend and a neighbor happened to be walking by. He saw me raking and said "you know...you're doing it the hard way." Everyone in my neighborhood uses a blower to move their leaves and as I watch them stand and blow all I can think about is how thats the "hard way" but again...we've grown accustomed to be convenienced.

    November 15, 2012 at 16:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ConA

      I agree-people have become so lazy and not ashamed of that. People I know must find the closest parking spot to the mall, and have robots to vacuum the house. Kids cannot walk to school but are bussed to and from the front doors. People go to the gym, but that really isn't enough regular activity. How can we make our towns more walkable, bikable? This is a big problem.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:30 | Report abuse |
  10. Canopy

    Look for a video called "Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days"...its viewable online.

    November 15, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Just what one of the nation's most serious diseases need – more mindless, faddist drivel and quackery.

      November 15, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
    • zlop

      Very good link to start thinking.
      Additionally, some GMO foods are difficult to digest, cause bloating.

      November 15, 2012 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
  11. Skeezix

    Years ago, the normal range for fasting blood sugar was 80-120, sometimes also quoted as 70-130; now it is 80-100! So, now people who are relatively healthy and were considered healthy are now considered pre-diabetic because the medical professionals have changed their definition greatly. Therefore, more people are being diagnosed.

    More important than the daily morning fasting blood sugar test is the long term measure of Glycohemoglobin (HbA1c, A1c). the normal range is 4%-6%. ADA states that 5.7 and below is normal, 5.7 – 6.4 is pre-diabetes and over 6.4 is diabetic. However, hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is also an issue, so very severely restricting sugar intake can create problems as well.

    Not every diabetic is one that is obesity induced. Some thin people are diabetic as well. Other factors, such as other diseases (thyroid) and genetics, can contribute to diabetes. However, relying on medication while not adopting a healthy lifestyle will only result in more medication and a worsening of the disease.

    I have been living with Type II diabetes for 15 years, and my A1C is 6.0 through a combination of healthy eating, exercise and medication.

    Summary – Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.- Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Source: American Diabetes Association (2011). Diagnosis and classification of diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care, 34(Suppl 1): S62-S69.

    November 15, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      "the normal range for fasting blood sugar was 80-120, sometimes also quoted as 70-130; now it is 80-100! "

      I don't know where you're getting this information. The ADA long recommended a diabetes determination if fasting blood sugar was greater than 140; it recently modified that recommendation, and now suggests that if fasting blood sugar levels are greater than 126, a second test should be performed and the patient should be monitored for other signs of diabetes, but not yet diagnosed as such.

      November 16, 2012 at 05:00 | Report abuse |
  12. Barbara

    Many of the medications given for diabetes have terrible side effects. Most people who have diabetes are not overweight nor lazy. My diabetes was cause by medication taken for another disease. At some point diet, and exercise are not enough for most people, but one cannot give up trying.

    November 15, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debbie

      with type 1 diabetes most aren't overweight and may in fact be underweight, however the vast majoirty of type 2 are overweight and many obese. Years ago, if a person under 18 was diagnosed it was type 1, (why they called it juvenile diabetes) but now type 2 is being seen frequently and the main reason is weight. It may not be the reason for yours, but it is the most common reason. Genetics play a part in many and contrary to what someone posted, it is NOT uncommon to see type 2 develop late in life. Those with normal weight get it also, usually they'll tell you someone else in the family had the same thing. Type 1 usually starts in childhood, but it can also occur much later as well. I worked with 2 nurses who developed type 1 in middle age, and one of their first symtoms was rapid weight loss, don't usually see weight loss with type 2 (unintentional weight loss)

      November 15, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
  13. Alex

    The government, the USDA, the ADA, registered dieticians, diabetes educators,etc. they all play a role in this disaster. We are told to eat less fat, we are told meat is bad, we are told whole grains are good... We are eating a nearly all sugar diet and we wonder why more people are getting diabetes. Whole grains are sugar just like all carbohydrates. Eat more fat, including saturated fats..they are actually good for you, do NOT make us fat and are needed for good health, eat good fatty meat, it does not make us sick or fat... eat far fewer carbs...stick to veggies, and low sugar fruits, eat nuts and butter and full fat dairy... we need to eat like our great grandparents ate, not like the USDA and food industry wants us to eat. We are being lied to from all corners... learn for yourself and love your children by packing their lunch from home...while you're at it, pack your own lunch too.

    November 15, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Debbie

      sounds like Adkins, you know he fell over dead from advanced atherosclerosis? Whole grains are carbs, but slowly digested carbs and do not spike blood sugar like simple carbs do. A little fat is essential for skin and overall health, but should definitely be limited. Lean meat in small servings are good. Otherwise you may as well order a side of stents, a high fat diet is also a factor in many cancers. Good fats like nuts and eggs are recommended, but watch the butter servings.

      November 15, 2012 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I also should point out that our grand parents life expectancy wasn't anywhere near what ours is

      November 15, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      You too have been fooled by all the lies... do some research with fresh eyes instead of parroting what you thought was the truth without quetioning.

      November 16, 2012 at 05:37 | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      No Deebie, Atkins died from falling outside and taking blow to the head.

      November 16, 2012 at 14:19 | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      I follow the Primal Blueprint. I get 60 to 65% of my daily calories from saturated fat. I have never been healthier in my life and I feel great every day. I eat no grains of any kind.

      November 16, 2012 at 14:21 | Report abuse |
    • naturalist

      Most of our grandparents also did not have computers, cars, dishwashers, washing machines, television 24/7, microwaves....we spend way too much time on our a$$es....
      Eat natural, unprocessed foods and be active!

      November 16, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
    • Celisti

      meat is bad if it contains growth hormone or antibiotics. people who go to fast food to get hamburger would never realize what's in the burger.

      i agree that grain (in particular: wheat) is not that better, because many of those contain gluten, which is known causing inflammation and arthritics pain. once you go gluten free or reduce gluten intake drastically, your body will change accordingly, and you will loose weight if you couldn't loose it even on so called 'healthy' diet.

      November 16, 2012 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
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    November 15, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • xeno

      It will also enable you to sprout wings and fly to the moon if you want. Come on. People are sick, stop trying to sell snake oil.

      November 15, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Quack. Quack. Quack.

      November 15, 2012 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
  15. Debbie

    cnn my screen jumped and I hit the wrong spot I did not intend to report Alex as abuse

    November 15, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. zlop

    "It was found that an extreme low-cal diet can help cure type 2 diabetes ...
    which meant the body was able to remove the levels of fat in the pancreas"

    November 15, 2012 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Willow

    What this story doesn't say is that they have lowered the standards of what it is to be diabetic, just like they lowered the standards on what it means to be obese. It's all so the insurance industry can get more money.

    November 15, 2012 at 18:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ConA

      The insurance industry is shifting more and more of the cost to patients through high deductibles or lack of prescription coverage. We need to fix the problem at the source-prevent the disease. Read the Discover magazine page 52, Dec. 2012. This article shows how bypass surgery cures diabetes before people actually lose weight. If this can be done without surgery, hopefully we can tell the insurance companies we don't need them as much, if the disease can be cured.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse |
  18. John

    I just had a quarterly check of my A1C and my doctor told me this morning that recently the prediabetic range had been raised to somewhere in the sevens range and the diabetic range was now in the 8s. When I first started having these checks the prediabetic range was in the sixes.

    My A1c was in the low sixes. I don't take any medication – just diet and exercise. At one time it was in the low sevens. I have lost enough weight my clothes don't fit well any more and would need to wear very odd sizes for them to fit well any more, which is a downer, because it's very hard to find those sizes. However, I never was much overweight in the first place, say 15 lb, but the clothes sizes were more standard.

    November 15, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Seventeen

    Eat better food and fewer calories, and exercise more. It's not magic.

    November 15, 2012 at 21:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • zlop

      Avoid Weapon-ized Food, Vaccines and Chem trails.

      November 16, 2012 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • ConA

      This does not work for everyone. Read Dec. 2012 edition of Discover magazine-the article on page 52.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
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    November 15, 2012 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. zlop

    Enabling efficient control - Domesticated Serfs are fattened and dumbed down.
    Note that the Evil Elite avoid Vaccinations, GMO food, travel in air conditioned cars.

    November 16, 2012 at 09:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. todayswoundclinic

    Addressing Diabetes Control: What Clinicians Must Know
    http://www.todayswoundclinic.com/addressing-diabetes-control-what-clinicians-must-know

    November 16, 2012 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. ConA

    Some of this increase may be due to the fact that the definition of diabetes has more recently included people with lower severity of the disease. How much of this increase is due to this change in diagnosis?

    November 16, 2012 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. MarylandB

    The rate of newly diagnosed individuals having Type II Diabetes is on the rise, I question how many of these cases are drug induced because they are on a Statin. Various reports guessimate the rate of statin induced cases between 6-28%. Do the math!

    November 16, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. ConA

    People who are interested in type II diabetes should read a very interesting article on how gastric bypass can quickly cure the disease in 80% or more of type II diabetics. Researchers noticed this as an unexpected side effect of the surgery and are trying to figure out how to do this without the actual surgery, which cures the diabetes before people have lost weight, the reason for the surgery. This good effect is unexplained but may be a cure for many type II diabetics. It is in the Dec. 2012 edition of Discover magazine.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taysha

      Not unexplained, as most of the receptors responsible for glucose intolerance and insulin sensitivity happen to be in the head of the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine which is taken out during some types of gastric bypass).

      What you forget to mention is that gastric bypass is a major abdominal surgery that involves cutting out a part of your gut. It also puts you at risk for malnutrition, as most absorption of nutrients in general occurs in the head of the duodenum. Diabetes has its own tyranny of awareness as far as food, weight, and consumption is involved, but gastric bypass is not far behind. The dietary requirements/guidelines following gastric bypass are as difficult to follow as dealing with diabetes itself.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:46 | Report abuse |
  26. aurora

    The lowering of the diagnosis standard from 140 to 126 has undoubtedly contributed to the reported steepness of the trend. In addition, earlier this year the FDA issued a warning that statins could increase blood sugar levels. It happened to me. I wonder how much the increased use of statins has contributed to diagnosis above the lowered standard. And then there is the governments years promoting the food pyramid which could be a real problem for many with diabetic tendancies. A switch to more fats, less carbs and no statins worked for me.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. soulcatcher

    My favorite De-Motivational poster is Richer and Picard hands over their eyes:

    Calorie theory, again?
    Move more, eat less, Move more, eat less.

    Being a type II diabetic taking insulin, It's a bit more complicated than that. If you move more, you must eat more and take more insulin.

    November 16, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. chieatfetus

    What do you expect, especially in the southern states? Hillbilees LOVE to eat, beat their dogs & shoot cats (recently featured in Louisianna).

    Medication is not a cure, it is simply a way to manage the problem. The better way to manage it is by watching your diet, weight loss & exercise but not all people get it.

    November 16, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Laura

    This is embarrasing for our country. Get off your butts and quit eating crap!

    November 16, 2012 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Primal 4 Life

      Pretty stupid to let yourself be embarrassed by something that does not affect you one way or the other. Worry about yourself please.

      November 16, 2012 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Wellness with Visi

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      January 8, 2013 at 21:22 | Report abuse |
  30. leo maniace

    Put the blame squarely where it belongs, on the public. People are obese and diabetic because of the repeatedly poor choices they make every day in their lives, no ewcwesire and consumption of excessive amounts of bad food. You never get diabets from eating fruits and vegatables.

    November 16, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Taysha

      ...right. Because my immune system decided to eat my pancreas for lunch because of something I did. It must've disliked the menu.

      November 16, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Taysha is quite correct to criticize your ignorant statement. Type I diabetes is an auto-immune disease and is not caused by being overweight. Most Type I diabetics, in fact, are unusually thin when their disease first manifests, and have often lost weight very rapidly as the disease takes hold because their bodies have lost all ability to make use of food; they are literally starving to death and start burning fat and muscle to make up for the their inability to make use of blood sugar.

      November 16, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
  31. Primal 4 Life

    Keep eating grains and processed food and the rise will continue.

    November 16, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Celisti

      not all grains are created equal. go gluten free (no wheat/barley/rye) or reduce gluten related foods drastically would save you day.

      November 16, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Primal 4 Life

      Better just to go completely grain free like I have. I do not miss them at all.

      November 16, 2012 at 18:15 | Report abuse |
  32. Big Toe Buddha

    After having two toes amputated and many weeks of hospital treatment, I have totally cured my Type 2 diabetes by losing 80 pounds through an extreme diet and exercise program. I will be assembling the various components of the New-Humans Fitness Program into a downloadable book in the near future. In the interim, you are welcome to read about my daily spinach diet, exercise stick workouts and my motivational techniques which I call Reprogramming the Human Operating System. Search for "New-Humans Metamorphosis Club" for articles about how I lost weight and cured my diabetes. It worked miraculously for me. Dr. Ron S. Nolan.

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  33. phearis

    Millions is spent every year "Looking for a cure to Diabetes" but we already have one. It's "Stop eating junk and exercise."

    November 16, 2012 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Not Heavy

    I'm 44 and I spend five minutes (in one minute sessions) exercising, I do 50 push-ups five times a day. I started doing 10. I weigh 180 am 5'11.
    Exercise is not hard at all and doesn't require, money or equipment. You have arms you can do push-ups, or even sit-ups. I don't understand fat people at all, is it laziness, apathy.

    November 16, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Celisti

    if most people simply change their diet: what they eat or drink, then we would see diabetes rate going down instead. the obesity rate is closed linked to diabetes rate, and with 2/3 population in this country either fat or obese, it comes no surprise about increase of diabetes.

    people just have to realize that they cannot keep eating fatty meats, cakes, cheese, pizza, etc. and drink soda or sugary juice or drinks and expect they would live happily ever after. no, many people did it to themselves in such unhealthy life style and end up with diabetes as the consequence.

    November 16, 2012 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      People can eat all of those things without suffering any ill effects. The problem arises when they eat too much of them – or of anything else – relative to their activity level.

      November 16, 2012 at 17:57 | Report abuse |
  36. larry5

    If you eat a fast food diet and don't exercise and maybe drink and smoke the drug companies have a pill just for you. You don't need to change your life style, just take the pills. It's easier for you and the drug companies make their money. What's not to like?

    November 16, 2012 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Anne Cole

    Diabetes as well as obesity have increased hugely since the early 1990s, the same years that genetically engineered crops were created in labs and foisted on people without their knowledge or consent, thanks to the biotech industry's friends in high places in the FDA. Allergies, asthma, autism, gastrointestinal disorders and cancer are also up. Is there a cause and effect relationship? Numerous animal studies indicate there is, but without labeling of GMOs (let alone testing), who can say? President Obama needs to keep the campaign promise he made before he was elected the first time and require GMO labeling like 61 other countries do!

    November 17, 2012 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Its not rocket science people. T2 diabetes went up as governments (like US and UK) pushed unwise "low fat" dogma on people and food producers added sugar and junk to replace fat. On top of that, the worst T2-diabetes cauing foods are government subsidized (cheap).
    Don't blame the victims for getting sick when the system steers things in the wrong way, and so called "experts" keep telling people to eat grains!
    Eat your bacon and eggs, cook with butter, and switch off all advice that comes from the government, the AMA, or ADA and you will stay off the drugs and do fine..

    December 3, 2012 at 09:38 | Report abuse | Reply
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