Diabetes. Oklahoma rate up 227% in just fifteen years

Now at 9.8% of the population, they still trail several southern states.

Those were the good old days in Oklahoma; not so now with record levels of obesity and diabetes.

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.

This chart from the CDC is incredible; clearly showing the dramatic rise of obesity in all age groups for the last 30 years.

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”

  1. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety.
  2. Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals.
  3. Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
  4. Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
  5. Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
  6. 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.
  7. Choose non-fat dairy such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
  8. Choose water and calorie-free “diet” drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.
  9. 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.
  10. Cut back on high calorie snack foods and desserts like chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.
  11. 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.

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10 Responses to Diabetes. Oklahoma rate up 227% in just fifteen years

  1. BluEyedHoney says:

    I would like to receive your daily blog.
    Have heard good things.

  2. Googled “Recipe: Vegan Oatmeal Peanut Butte Cookies”

    Here is one:


    It still has some sugar substitute in it — probably not needed.

    • November is PEANUT BUTTER MONTH! Should we celebrate?
      At first blush “Peanut Butter Month” yields well over 50,000 hits.

      Suggest googling “Dangerfood: Peanut Butter” for 15,700 hits.
      The first entry in the above deals with Peanut Butter issues.
      Full disclosure: I love peanut butter – particularly crunchy.
      Some restraint advisable with anything that is 71% fat.

  3. Nicolas Vrba says:

    I’ve found this delicious diabetic recipe.

    2/3 c. oatmeal
    2 c. flour
    1 tsp. lite salt
    1/4 tsp. soda
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1/3 c. corn oil
    2/3 c. salt free peanut butter
    1/4 c. Eggbeaters and 1 egg
    3 tbsp. skim milk
    4 tbsp. liquid sweetener
    2 tbsp. sugar substitute
    Sift flour, salt, soda, and baking powder. Cream next 6 ingredients
    together add oatmeal, beat. Add flour mixture, stir until it forms a
    ball; roll into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press
    down with glass. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. approx 35
    calories per cookie.

    • Surely you can devise a recipe without the animal products.

      “Egg Beaters are 99% All Natural egg whites. Then we add back in the vitamins and minerals that are lost when the yolk is removed. Egg Beaters are naturally colored with beta-carotene,. . .”

      And eliminate the corn oil and skim milk.

      Probably use real sugar — not a substitute.

      • Agree with William Kleinbauer’s succinct comment.
        I wince at seeing “all natural” on food packaging.
        Is the other stuff on grocer’s shelves unnatural?
        More natural than thou? Or VAGUE adjective?

    • Mike R says:

      Flaxmeal and water make a great egg substitute. Plain, no sugar-added applesauce makes a great oil substitute and almond or soy milk can sub for cow’s milk.

  4. MikeR says:

    As I commented in an earlier post on the American Heart Association, the big food companies donate boat loads of money to these disease-fighting groups just to keep them from implicating animal foods in causing and worsening the diseases. I believe T. Colin Campbell touched on that in The China Study. Michelle Simon does in Appetite for Profit.

  5. Joanne Irwin says:

    Back in the 1960’s Lady Byrd Johnson’s campaign to beautify American by dotting the landscape with ‘trash disposal’ equipment and ‘do not litter’ signs’ took hold. The paradigm shift blew like the Santa Anna winds, and the nation embraced her mantra. The question is what winds will awaken this nation to the information you, me, and a loud Greek chorus are screaming about the relationship between disease and nutrition? Sadly, we don’t hear it from a large majority in the medical community. When you read the recommendations from the ADA on nutrition for Type II diabetes, one can only shake her head in amusement and amazement! The scientific research and data are out there. Why are they still recommending lean meat and dairy? It’s baffling and infuriating. Jim, I admire your perseverance and tenacity. Keep the message in the forefront. It’s happening. The shift is blowing 20 mph rather than the much needed 100; however, it is happening. Have you sent your blog to Dr. Oz?

  6. EXCELLENT. Going beyond “Preaching To The Choir” remains a challenge.
    The assertion of fact in J. Morris Hicks.article today are easily corroborated.
    Anyone spending a few minutes in related searches is compelled to agree.

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