About one in ten Americans adults suffer from diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the American Diabetes Association stated that there were 1.7 million people diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 alone. In the same year, about 86 million Americans had pre-diabetes, which is a condition in which the blood glucose levels are not as high as those characteristic for diabetes but are not within the normal range neither.
Unfortunately, each year there are about 15, 000 children and 15,000 adults diagnosed with diabetes. Up to 15% of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children
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While diabetes is treatable, it still increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. This is because diabetics are likely to have any of the following conditions that increase their risk for cardiovascular disease:
- Hypertension: It is known as one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It has been scientifically shown that there is a strong link between high blood pressure and insulin resistance.
- Obesity: Obesity is yet another factor for cardiovascular disease, which has been directly liked to insulin resistance. Losing a few pounds may help improve cardiovascular risk, increase insulin sensitivity, and lower insulin concentration.
- High cholesterol levels: Diabetics often have high LDL cholesterol levels, low HDL cholesterol levels, and high triglycerides.
The New Way to Fight Diabetes
Recently, a new approach to combating these statistics has been presented by Neal Barnard, a clinical researcher and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Dr. Bernard claims that repairing insulin function and reversing type 2 diabetes is possible! Following his program, patients diagnosed with diabetes can keep their blood sugar levels in check three times more successfully than with the help of the standard diet. Moreover, it may help diabetics eliminate medications and lower the risk of further complications.
Diabetes is manifested by too high blood glucose or blood sugar levels and there are two types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The second type is more prevalent and it is estimated that about 90-95 % of all diabetics suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is marked by deficient insulin production and it seeks administration of insulin on a daily basis. Some of the most common symptoms include weight loss, fatigue, vision changes, thirst, constant hunger, and excessive urination.
On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is caused by ineffective use of insulin by the body, which is mainly due to physical inactivity and obesity.
Even though the symptoms of type 2 diabetes resemble the ones of type 1 diabetes, they are less marked, making the disease much more difficult to diagnose. Even though type 2 diabetes only affected adults in the past, it is now very common in children as well.