The Diabetes Epidemic Has Doubled in America

It's no surprise mortality rates among type 2 diabetics are rising, considering the number of new cases has doubled over the past 30 years, according to a new study. What's more, most of that increase occurred in patients with a body mass index of 30 or more.

Researchers tracked the occurrence of type 2 diabetes among some 3,100 healthy middle-aged patients over eight-year intervals in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The numbers were lowest in the 70s, with the incidence of diabetes of men and women below 3 percent. The explosion happened after the 70s, with type 2 diabetes rates climbing 40 percent in the 80s and a disturbing 105 percent during the 90s.

The only good news to report is that scientists may truly be getting it about the sedentary, fast-food lifestyles -- fueled partly by consuming sugary sweet soft drinks -- that contribute mightily to diabetes and obesity.

An important concept to understand about treating diabetes: It isn't a disease of blood sugar, but one of insulin along with your body's ability to recognize the signals relayed via the hormone leptin.

Circulation June 19, 2006

Yahoo News June 20, 2006

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