Now at 9.8% of the population, they still trail several southern states.
That compares to an overall national increase of 82% from 1995 to 2010. The rate of type 2 diabetes rose in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. (See links below) From the articles; a few more compelling pieces of information:
Prevalence increased in all states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with the median up from 4.5% to 8.2%. Diabetes rates were highest in the South and in Appalachia, where Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia all had 2010 rates above 10%. Rates also exceeded 10% in Puerto Rico.
The states with the lowest prevalence of diabetes, between 6.0% and 6.9%, were Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Vermont and Wyoming. In California, 8.6% of the people had the disease — a 38% increase over 1995.
The articles below also reported some of the standard comments from the medical community. They always seem to talk about general lifestyle habits, not much exercise and easy access to high-calorie, less expensive foods.
But they never mention the 95% success rate that many enlightened physicians have reported in totally reversing the disease. Our government and our mainstream medical community NEVER tell the public exactly what they must to do prevent or reverse their disease. And that is just a crying shame.
A side visit to the American Diabetes Association website revealed the following typical advice for healthy eating. As long as they all continue to include any form of meat and dairy in the healthy food choices, no real progress is going to be seen. From ADA website with the title of:
“Making Healthy Food Choices”
- Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety.
- Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
- Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
- Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
- Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
- Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in “loin” such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
- Choose non-fat dairy such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
- Choose water and calorie-free “diet” drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
- Choose liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats that can be high in saturated and trans fats. Remember that fats are high in calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, watch your portion sizes of added fats.
- Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.
- Eating too much of even healthful foods can lead to weight gain. Watch your portion sizes.
The Bottom Line. None of the “disease specific” websites EVER advise the public that if they eat the “right” foods (whole plants) that they can eat as much as they want, will enjoy effortless weight-loss and will have a 95% chance of preventing or reversing type 2 diabetes.
Then, if they teach their children the “right way to eat,” they will minimize their family’s future chances of having diabetes, heart disease, cancer and all other chronic diseases that are driven primarily by our food choices. —My 652nd consecutive daily blog—
- Tulsa World article. Oklahoma’s rise in diabetes is highest in nation | Tulsa World
- Chicago Tribune article. Big rise in Americans with diabetes, especially in South
- L.A. Times article. Diabetes rates rise dramatically, CDC reports
- ADA website. Making Healthy Food Choices Not really.
- Earlier blog. Got Type 2 Diabetes? “Get rid of it,” says Dr. Ornish
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