Diabetes nation – one in two Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

Pretty scary numbers:

LA Times: Diabetes nation? Half of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes

This is based on a new scientific article in JAMA – Prevalence of and Trends in Diabetes Among Adults in the United States, 1988-2012 – looking at available statistics up to 2012. It’s amazing that three years old data is still considered newsworthy in this field. But that’s nothing considering how archaic the dietary recommendations in diabetes still are (eat mostly blood-sugar raising carbs).

In recent years the focus of dietary attention in the US media has slowly started to move from innocent fat to very-guilty sugar. And actually the number of people with diabetes in the US is not increasing as quickly anymore (in China and India it’s exploding though).

Of course this diabetes epidemic can be turned around. In theory it’s even easy. Eat less carbs, especially less sugar and processed carbs – and feel free to eat more fat instead. As a bonus eat fewer meals and snacks per day. That’s it. Exercise is a just minor factor – you can’t outrun a bad diet.

Distracted by Science and Profits

Unfortunately most type 2 diabetes researchers and doctors still don’t get this. Instead they are focused on drugs, genes and other high-tech (and profitable) ways to treat a dietary disease.

Case in point? Check out the program for next week’s gigantic EASD diabetes conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Try to find a single session on effective lifestyle treatment – it’s not easy. Though it’s not impossible, like last year in Vienna.

I’ll be in Stockholm next week, reporting from the conference. Let’s see if the lunch is as bad as the disgrace in Vienna.

The problem is a dietary disease can’t be cured by drugs, they can only mask the symptoms. That’s why conventional treatment of type 2 diabetes is often useless and sometimes even dangerous. That’s why alternative options are desperately needed and we’ll do everything we can to spread awareness of it.


How to Reverse Diabetes Type 2

Low-Carb Guide


  1. Apicius
    So, when will the major health and welfare authorities in the G8 countries finally wake up and do something about this catastrophe? Must we all wait until 100% of Americans contract type 2 Diabetes to see action?

    Does anyone have access to Big Data to compare the diet of the half of Americans with Diabetes/pre-Diabetes versus the other half without Diabetes? Would love to see the comparison. Any way to get this data?

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  2. greensleeves21
    What catastrophe? Big pharma, its lobbyists & the politicians they pay all do great! ;) Why change a thing?
  3. Georgia Ede MD
    These statistics are tragic, but I agree with Dr. Eenfeldt that the good news is that it's actually easy to move yourself from the unhealthy half of the population to the healthy side by eating a low-carb, high-fat diet. And it's not just type 2 diabetes you'll prevent or even reverse; you'll also be successfully fighting gout, fatty liver, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and even erectile dysfunction (!), because all of these conditions stem from insulin resistance, and insulin resistance is caused by too much carbohydrate. It's a beautiful thing! http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/how-to-diagnose-prevent-and-treat-insuli...
  4. Vivien
    Please do post photos of the lunch - lets see how much sugar can be served in one day

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