Type 2 Diabetes is a preventable disease, but you wouldn’t know that when you read the latest statistics. Authors of a 2014 CDC Report on Diabetes say they are alarmed at the growing epidemic of this disease. Diabetes affects in one of ten adults in the US and four of the 10 are undiagnosed.
To put it in numbers:
* 29 million people currently have diabetes.
* In 2012 alone, 1.7 million people age 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes.
* In 2012, 208,000 people younger than age 20 had diabetes (types 1 and 2 combined).
* More than 1 in 3 people aged 20 years or older, totaling 86 million, have prediabetes.
* Diabetes and its related complications account for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages, a jump from $174 billion in 2010.
* There was a dramatic increase in diabetes prevalence, from 6% of the population in 1988–1994 to 10% in 1999–2010 and the cases of undiagnosed diabetes jumped from 11% to 28%.
Experts say that: “Now is the time to take action. If these numbers continue to rise, 1 in 5 people could have diabetes by the year 2025, and it could be 1 in 3 people by the year 2050. We simply can’t sustain this trajectory — the implications are far too great — for our families, our healthcare system, our workforce, our nation.”
In light of these statistics, what measures are health professionals taking to curb this epidemic? From what I see, doctors don’t have time to talk to their patients about lifestyle changes and they don’t think lifestyle changes work. This creates a vicious cycle of inaction. Doctors don’t realize what “power” they have to influence patients to eat healthier foods, exercise more and deal with stress more appropriately. But there is obviously a deeper reason and that is the failure to recognize that magnesium and mineral deficiencies can cause the metabolic problems of diabetes in the first place.
All medical texts will tell you that low magnesium levels are a sign of diabetes. But I haven’t found one diabetic patient who has had their magnesium levels routinely checked. Even worse, the serum magnesium levels that doctors use are highly inaccurate.
Then there is the requirement that the pancreas has for zinc and chromium in order to make proper amounts of insulin. I’m sure other minerals are necessary in this function but they have yet to be studied.
OK, that’s enough of the bad news, now for the good news about how you can treat diabetes and if you are prediabetic, how you can prevent it from ever happening.
1. Diet: Avoid sugar, alcohol, gluten and non-fermented dairy and lactose dairy products. (Non-Lactose Cheeses – Brick cheese, Cheddar, Colby, Dry-curd cottage cheese, Gruyère, Havarti, Manchego, Provolone, and Swiss; and non sweetened yogurt and kefir provide calcium without the lactose.)
2. Exercise: 30 minutes per day
3. DeStress: Take time out for yourself – walk, meditate, pray, relax, sit and do nothing for 30 minutes per day. Allow Sweetness to come into your life so you won’t have to rely on Cakes and Candies.
4. Take Supplements: Magnesium – ReMag is the most bioavailable form; Minerals: ReMyte has 12 minerals including zinc and chromium and other minerals that are probably required by the pancreas and we don’t even know it.
5. Follow your Magnesium RBC blood levels through Request A Test and aim for the optimum levels of 6.0-6.5mg/dL.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future™
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