According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 10 American adults has diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there were 1.7 million new cases of diabetes in 2012. About 86 million Americans had prediabetes that year. Their blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be diabetes yet.
About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children. Among people under age 20, type 1 diabetes rose 23 percent between 2001 and 2009.
Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
The New Way to Fight Diabetes
Neal Barnard, a clinical researcher and the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), identifies the causes of this tragic issue and introduces a new approach to fighting these awful statistics.
Dr. Barnard has shown that it is possible to repair insulin function and reverse type 2 diabetes. By following his scientifically proven, life-changing program, diabetics can control blood sugar three times more effectively than with the standard diet; and cut back on and in some cases eliminate medications while reducing the risk of diabetes complications (watch the video).
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. It represents about 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases.
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by deficient insulin production and requires daily administration of insulin. Symptoms include excessive excretion of urine (polyuria), thirst (polydipsia), constant hunger, weight loss, vision changes and fatigue. These symptoms may occur suddenly.
Type 2 diabetes results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin. It is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity.
Symptoms may be similar to those of Type 1 diabetes, but are often less marked. As a result, the disease may be diagnosed several years after onset, once complications have already arisen. this type of diabetes was seen only in adults but it is now also occurring increasingly frequently in children.