The epidemic of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is striking Western nations and the United States in particular, has elicited somewhat of a muted reaction. â€œDiabesityâ€ may affect as many as 100 million Americans and nearly a billion people around the world, but compare the public health response to previous epidemics -- polio for example. It doesnâ€™t come close. Perhaps this is because itâ€™s a silent, insidious epidemic, developing over years with debilitating symptoms that seriously impact a personâ€™s quality of life.
As a result of the standard American diet, more and more individuals are being diagnosed with diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease and other conditions which are intimately related to how well our bodies handle carbohydrates and sugar from the food we eat. These "lifestyle" based diseases are largely preventable with a properly understood and sustainable approach to health which honors the unique physiology and biochemistry of each individual. The naturopathic approach to medicine addresses the needs of the body along all of these important lifestyle parameters through diet, exercise, sleep, stress reduction and emotional health, and gastrointestinal health just to name a few.
Diabetes seems to be occurring to everyone's most people know a friend or family member who has developed it. Our country is in crisis regarding this disease because, quite simply, diabetes is at epidemic levels in the United States. And the statistics of diabetes are devastating: over the next 24 hours, 2200 people will be diagnosed with diabetes, 512 diabetics will die, 66 diabetics will go blind, 77 diabetics will be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, and 153 diabetics will require an amputation.
Type II diabetes is an acquired condition where the body loses the ability to properly regulate blood glucose. Untreated diabetes results in organ damage, cardiovascular disease, stroke and limb amputations. The good news is, in many cases, pre-diabetes, insulin-resistance and Type II diabetes can be reversed with the right kind of diet and exercise.