Some stats on diabetes courtesy of fooducate– note that these are for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is when the body doesn’t have enough insulin, a hormone that breaks down and regulates sugar absorption into the body. in Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is associated more closely with diet– the body becomes resistant to insulin, so glucose isn’t available to the parts of the body that need it. so, excess glucose stays in the bloodstream, and blood sugar levels are raised. (T2d was once known as “adult onset diabetes,” but the name had to be changed since so many children now develop t2d, too.)
- 366 million people around the globe are suffering from diabetes.
- One person dies from diabetes every 7 seconds, that’s 4.6 million people a year!
- The cost of managing diabetes is $365 million
For perspective, in 1985, only 30 million people worldwide suffered from diabetes. That’s a twelve-fold growth in less than 30 years.
Here in the US we have 26 million diabetics. That’s 8% of the population. Another 1.6 million people are added each year. It’s the #7 cause of death in the US.
Sadly, approximately 60 million Americans are pre-diabetic, which means they are very close to becoming dependent on daily insulin injections for the rest of their lives.
High calorie, sugary, and starchy foods are a recipe for pre-diabetes. with so much processed junk being marketed and produced on the regular, our (processed)food system is feeding the pre-diabetes and diabetes epidemics– closely associated with overweight and obesity.