Diabetes and Obesity Have Become an Epidemic

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cases of diabetes rose sharply this past year and CDC is blaming it on obesity. Since the year 2000, they have recommended increasing your physical activity and changing your diet.

The result of this recommendation has not proved effective as many people don’t know what changes to their diet they should make. And people simply are not doing it. The obesity rate went from 6% in 2000 to 30% in 2016 according to the CDC.

The sharpest increase occurred in Americans between the ages of 30-39.

According to the CDC, in 2015 an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes (6.7 per 1,000 persons) were diagnosed among US adults aged 18 years or older, and the numbers were about equal for men and women. Some studies suggest that the level of education could have a contributing factor.

Another contributing factor to the diabetes epidemic is the recommendation that Americans follow “The Food Pyramid”. The 2017 version of the Pyramid still advocates that the main food consumption should be bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods. These foods are largely carbohydrates. And the average American consumes approximately 500 grams of carbohydrates every single day.

The effect caused by consuming massive daily amounts of carbohydrates is an increased blood glucose level (sugar in the blood). Over time high doses of sugar in the blood causes the receptor sites of the pancreas (the organ that handles sugar in the blood) to burn out. Once these receptor sites wear out they can no longer bind the glucose and the sugar remains at high levels in the blood which causes damage to nerves in other areas of the body (Diabetic Neuropathy).

At the current level of consumption (500 grams of carbohydrates per day), the pancreas is sharply taxed and if continued the body loses its ability to differentiate a good carbohydrates (complex) from a bad carbohydrate (simple). At these levels a glass of carrot juice is WORSE than a chocolate milkshake due to the glycemic index of the carrot juice.

Portion control can also play a factor as people eat larger portions to avoid feeling hungry. Since canned and boxed foods were introduced into the American population the quality of these foods became nutritionally low. The effect created is that people who eat processed food don’t get the nutrients the body needs and so they are hungrier more often. Processed food requires enzymes to eliminate the harmful effects of consuming largely chemical based foods. Enzymes are made available to the body by having an adequate storage of micronutrients which we obtain from the foods we eat. If we eat chemical food, we limit the amount of available micronutrients thereby robbing the storage of these elements in our bodies overtime.

Even those who consume raw and organic foods may lack micronutrients. This is due to the lack of rotation of crops which used to be common but is now done less often. It has been shown that current micronutrients in the soil where organic vegetables grow today have far less micronutrients than the soil in which our grandparents used to grow vegetables.

Given this information, we can assume that the current American population is getting sicker by the decade not healthier. Although it is true that we may be living longer and that emergency critical care has become far superior throughout these same decades, the evidence shows that Americans are getting diabetes at earlier ages.

What can be done about this? One isn’t born with Type II Diabetes, it is a slow process of decay much like smoking cigarettes. Someone doesn’t get lung cancer from smoking one cigarette. The cause and effect relationship is difficult to identify only because it’s lapsed over a long period of time. Unfortunately due to the propensity of Americans consuming foods that lack micronutrients, Late Onset Diabetes (Type II) which used to occur at age 60 is now occurring at age 30. Unless we supplement with micronutrients, cases of Late Onset Diabetes (Type II) will be diagnosed in the teenage years in the decades to come.

Which micronutrients are most appropriate for you to consume depends on a proper analysis. Finding out which nutrients you are lacking and correlating that with the symptoms you are already experiencing is key to preventing Diabetes Type II or any other chronic health issue from getting worse.

For a more detailed discussion about what you require specifically, contact our office at 727-235-3265.