Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes today threatens to swamp health care systems around the world. The American Diabetes Association publishes these statistics on its web page.
Overall Numbers, Diabetes and Prediabetes
Prevalence : In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
- Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
Undiagnosed : Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
Prevalence in Seniors : The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
New Cases : 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Prediabetes : In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
Deaths : Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
This worrisome trend not only plagues the US but also countries the world over. Yet, the response from organizations and governments seems underwhelming. If this were an infectious disease, I think the mobilization and response would be much more active and robust. It almost appears that the groggy symptoms of hyperglycemia has impaired our collective motivation and sense of urgency.
I am a T1D but have successfully implemented a low-carb way of eating to restore metabolic sanity to my everyday health. Many critics of low-carb eating will disparage this way of eating as unsustainable. I have used low-carb eating to treat my T1D for seven years now!
I have become aware in the last several months of health care efforts to roll-out low-carb tactics to the burgeoning T2D population. Here are two programs that look promising to me. I have no financial or other interest in either of these programs.
I don’t like their use of the term, “reverse diabetes,” but their efforts looks like it could materially mitigate the T2D epidemic.
Here’s a similar effort from Dr. Eric Westman.
I like his use of the term, “remission,” instead of “reverse.”
I hope that these programs can take root and help people faced with a daunting diabetes diagnosis. One of the features of these programs is the ability to reduce or even stop diabetes medications for people with T2D. This de-presciption facet of the program excites me.
As I said, I am not a T2D, but I hope that programs like the two I’ve linked to will take hold in the T2D community and empower them to improve their health.
What do you think? Are programs like this part of the solution? Do you feel the same hope that I do about these tactics?