Diabetes poll with staggering results

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2013-04-07 19:27:08 -0500
Started 2013-03-04 15:37:09 -0600

I don't know if many of you saw the poll posted a couple of weeks ago by Health Day News. The study revealed that 1 in 8 Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It is the fastest growing disease in the country right now.

Here is the link to the full article:

Does this come as a shock to any of the rest of you here in the community?

32 replies

lanykins 2013-03-27 19:18:26 -0500 Report

It doesn't shock me really but it is not good. The reason I'm not surprised is that not only did my dad have diabetes but EVERY single member of his family did to! Fortunately, among my 2 sisters and me, I am the only one who has diabetes. I've had it since I was 35 and am now 64. Hopefully my sisters won't get it.

missymoose13 2013-03-25 02:46:43 -0500 Report

I'm not surprised both parents have to work nowadays so fast food is eaten more kids don't go outside to play anymore it's all about video games sitting on the couch and there's chemicals in everything so type 2 is on the rise because obesity is on the rise

Gwen214 2013-03-19 12:39:11 -0500 Report

Not surprise at all, and most of the general public are unaware they have it. I post on FB something everyday referring to this. The sad thing is children are being diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic. It's our society being raised on fast, and junk food. Im not saying that everyone that has type 2 gets it from their lifestyle. But there are some individuals that do.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-08 11:31:20 -0600 Report

I am not the least bit shocked by this article. With the advancement of technology, kids are not outside getting exercise. Adult lifestyles are such that far too many people prefer the "easy" "fast" meals. This country more than likely have more fast food places than any country in the world.

The other problem is the lack of access to medical care by everyone in the country. Today there are more and more people who lack health insurance and can't afford the rates that hospitals and doctors offices charge just to see someone.

The media doesn't help. You see moms bringing home KFC. Moms giving the kids a slice or bread with Nutella spread on it for breakfast. Kids will burn that up by the time they get to school. The mom on the phone directing her kids to the pizza rolls in the freezer and moms giving the kids a bowl of Mac and Cheese for dinner.

These days if you are in the supermarket or at you local farmers market you find people who can't identify the normal day to day veggies found in this country nor do they know how to prepare them.

Far too many restaurants do not offer healthy foods. You find foods cooked in butter, covered in a sauce and has a high sodium content. Until we the people of this country demand healthier foods from all kinds of eating establishments these types of foods will continue to be served. McDonalds, Burger King and other places will lower the price or offer two for the price of one to turn a profit.

Healthy eating combined with exercise has to be promoted and the people need better education on living a healthier lifestyle.

MinniPearl 2013-03-07 02:56:31 -0600 Report

HI! Gabby,
This does come as a shock to me. I often hear it is because of our life styles, but some doctors say that is not true. I read the article and found it very interesting with lots of information that I never knew about diabetes. I have come to the conclusion that if it is in the genes more than likely you can get it at any stage of your life. I believe what you eat can through the years result in a person becoming a diabetic. I learned to some what control my diabetes by watchng what I eat and working out everyday. I walk four miles a day.
Thank You for sharing.

Joan Godfrey

GabbyPA 2013-03-06 20:07:15 -0600 Report

I think that seeing a number like that is eye opening, but with the foods that we eat and the lifestyles that we live, it doesn't shock me. Like diabetesfree said below, it's hard to find foods that are actually good for us and don't harm us causing much more than diabetes.

old biker
old biker 2013-03-05 15:41:11 -0600 Report

This should not come as a surprise. I read an article awhile back and I forget what Asian country they were talking about. But at one time diabetes was almost unheard of over there.. Then the American fast food giants opened up shop and in a few years diabetes became like here a major health issue

diabetesfree 2013-03-05 05:33:03 -0600 Report

It doesn't shock me, based on the rates obesity has climbed in this country. Obesity seems to be the direct result of eating what is sometimes called the Western Diet. Our nation's steady decline of exercise also shares a lot of the blame. I believe that the decline in nutritional value of the nation's food supply also plays a big part. Even when people do decide to "eat healthy", finding healthy foods in today's supermarkets is like finding a needle in a haystack. MOST food products sold today are NOT beneficial to one's health. If anything, I'm surprised that diabetes levels took so long to catch up with our change in culture over the last 100 years or so.

MoeGig 2013-03-04 22:32:39 -0600 Report

I hate to say it, but we spent a month in England last October, and two things were particularly noteworthy: 1) Many fewer overweight people walking around, and 2) Many more people using canes…? From 1, when we walk around town here in northern VA, there are a lot of significantly overweight people walking around the malls, etc. As far as canes are concerned, I have no idea why there are so many, etc to think diet might play a role (fish & chips, mushy peas, pubs). We were outside of London (Cornwal and Devon), and could not understand this.

diabetesfree 2013-03-05 05:34:56 -0600 Report

It might be that people in England actually do more walking. In America, people are more likely to opt for one of those scooters than a cane. :-)

locarb 2013-03-04 22:35:28 -0600 Report

Maybe that's a product of "socialized medicine". As a former resident of Britain, and Canada, the U.S. may be in for a wakening with "Obama Care".

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-04 22:26:05 -0600 Report

not a shock to me. i look at all the junk we put in our bodies, obesity, air pollution, etc. its a wonder we even survive.

SnufflesMichelle 2013-03-04 21:55:48 -0600 Report

I moved to a different state to go to college this year, and I went to the doctor for a cold for the first time here and the doctor didn't know what diabetes was, I gave him a crash course on what it is…enough said…

Jeanette Terry
Jeanette TerryPA 2013-03-12 21:50:39 -0500 Report

oh wow, that just goes to show that we need more education from the top down. I have always thought that doctors should get more of an education on diabetes rather than just having it as another chapter to breeze through in medical school.

rebl 2013-03-12 22:17:07 -0500 Report

I was trying t reply to diabetesfree. I think he missunderstood my message, since his reply made n sense to me. He had requested to be my friend.


Mikeal72 2013-03-04 18:38:16 -0600 Report

Given the cheap, subsidized corn and grains in this country, along with the government recommended high carbohydrate diet, no I suppose I'm not surprised. Eating all of these industrial processed & modified agri-products is not good for the human body

davidhogan 2013-03-05 13:47:23 -0600 Report

You SO nailed that one Mikeal72, if the government recommends anything on my health I immediately take it with all caution and investigate. AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN…

RunningSaba 2013-04-07 19:27:08 -0500 Report

Agreed! As a matter of fact I attempt to avoid anything "recommended" by our government! Such recommendations seem to have little to do with any concern for me!

Mikeal72 2013-03-05 14:10:10 -0600 Report

Lol!!! I can never listen to "America the Beautiful" the same way again

davidhogan 2013-03-05 14:18:51 -0600 Report

LOL and for the record I am a Special Ops veteran so I'm not going anti here, I just don't trust the government for my health…among other things I'll leave alone as way off topic ;-)

IronOre 2013-03-04 16:09:21 -0600 Report

and I wonder how many of that 1 in 8 is preventable

locarb 2013-03-04 18:34:30 -0600 Report

While a significant amount of those diagnosed acknowledge that obesity is a significant factor; how many of them are obese themselves?

Also, let's assume the public in general is even more ignorant of the condition or how to prevent it; which is perfectly understandable, the medical community isn't. I was alive for half a century before I ever was tested for blood sugar. Any doctor, on any day, at any one of my scheduled physicals, could have tested my blood sugar AND EVERY OTHER PATIENT THEY SEE. If this condition is so preventable, why doesn't the medical community make any effort to prevent it?

There are obvious answers, but I will refrain from stating them.

MinniPearl 2013-03-07 03:14:57 -0600 Report

Iknow they relate obesity to diabetes, but my girlfriend was diagnosed with diabetes and she is a twig. My cousin was a twig. I also noticed peole who have diabetes also have a thyroid problem. I have found four people so far since I moved to Pittsburgh who are in the same situation as me. A diabetic and thyroid problem. They also have a problem with their weight like me.
I know people who have reveresed their diabetes through herb specialists and they did it through herbs and changing their eating habits. The one person told me it depends on your will power to change your eating habits and to be faithful.
I myself did it and went from 385 lbs, to 184 lbs. but when I lost my job I could not afford to do it anymore. It is a very expensive process.
My doctor told me the more I eat the wrong foods the more I will need insulin and that is one thing I don't want. So, I said good-bye, fast foods, and to my pizza, ice cream and I am eating healthier.