Diabetes rates are soaring, especially among younger Americans

Type II diabetes is also known as ├Čadult onset├« diabetes, occurring mostly among older individuals. A recent study published in the September 2000 issue of Diabetes Care reveals that the overall rate of this form of diabetes increased 33% from 1990 to 1998. Among young adults the rate increased nearly 70% over the same period.

This dramatic increase is a direct consequence of our preference for a high-sugar, high-refined carbohydrate diet. Type II diabetes can be a life threatening condition, leading to cardiovascular and kidney disease, among other complications. It can, however, be effectively controlled and often reversed with diet changes and by replenishing deficient minerals and other nutrients.

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