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Diabetes Looms in the Future for All of Our Families…unless we take action now!

diabetes diet 225 Diabetes Looms in the Future for All of Our Families…unless we take action now!Here’s one heckova scary thought! ONE-HALF OF AMERICANS are facing diabetes by 2020. That’s just nine years from now.

Americans must wake up and stop, if not curtail, their intake of the very foods, snacks and activities that cause acid build-up and a dramatic imbalance of sugar production in the body. Without attention to lifestyle for themselves and their children we can lose an entire generation as they die in the prime of their lives and the cost to the country will be extraordinary.

According to United Health Group, Inc., cost to the nation’s healthcare system to treat diabetes by 2020 is projected to reach $3.35 trillion if current trends keep going in the direction we‘ve seen so far. Another way to look at it, diabetes and prediabetes will account for an estimated 10 percent of total healthcare spending by the end of the decade. This amounts to nearly $500 billion annually up from $194 billion for 2010, according to “The United States of Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead” report.

The average annual healthcare costs in 2009 for a diabetic was about $11,700 whereas the cost for a non-diabetic was $4,400. Unlike studies done with a small cross-section, the report making these determinations considered information from 10 million UnitedHealthCare members.

It’s the complications most often experienced by diabetics’ that trigger these costs. Things like heart and kidney disease, nerve damage, blindness, wounds that don’t heal and amputated limbs are a constant worry. All are directly related to the blood, oxygen, cellular function and circulation because the blood is the transportation system of nutrients for the body. If the river isn’t flowing, garbage will build up.

Frighteningly, we are looking at a potential epidemic. Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the country. The number affected today is an astronomical 26 million Americans. Add to that another 67 million estimated to have pre-diabetes. Cap this off with another 60 million that are completely unaware they have the condition and you’ve got half of the population walking around with a terrorist in their body just waiting for a moment to launch a bomb that can kill.

thumbnail diabetes type 2 slideshow Diabetes Looms in the Future for All of Our Families…unless we take action now!So what is the solution? If you start just one thing today, start this and do it for a month. Each day eat just a little less than you did the day before. Leave a little on your plate intentionally. Go at it gradually. Chew your food well before swallowing. Let your stomach shrink. In fairly short order you won’t have the desire for quite as much food. At the end of the month, increase your vegetables. Roast them in either a little bit of water in the bottom of the pan or a dab of olive oil and with a lot of fresh garlic then sprinkle with a little sea salt. You will love how they taste.

Lastly, be sure to buy the two books I’ve talked about often; Dr. Hiromi Shinya’s, The Enzyme Factor and Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s, The China Study. They need to be an easy-to-reach kitchen resource because they are full of ideas and motivation for altering how you eat. Notice, I’m not suggesting you go on a diet. When you begin to feel better and your walk becomes a little lighter, your confidence will explode. Then pass this article along to someone else you are concerned about. They just may thank you for it.

Resource: ©Thomson Reuters 2010, The China Study, The Enzyme Factor

Enjoy and use this article, but please be legal. Include this resource block and all is good…LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health publication. She is lecturer, researcher and marketer for health and fitness programs and product that advance the world toward true health. Follow LouAnn at her corporate website, http://www.HealthFitforLife.com, www.Savage.TeamAsea.com and on www.twitter.com/louannsavage and Facebook

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