Are You Pre-Diabetic? How Does One Know?
Diabetes consumes fully 25 percent of Medicaid resources. Just one disease out of hundreds, eating up one quarter of that budget. The numbers keep rising, with more and more people across all age groups developing the disease.
When you consider that diabetes is a largely preventable disease, it becomes all the more distressing. It's hard to imagine that a health care crisis of this magnitude could be allowed to develop in America. And if it arose from some other source, like the spread of some virus or other contagion, it's quite likely it would not have.
Type II diabetes, generally speaking, is a lifestyle disease. It comes from how we eat and what we do. People do have genetic predispositions that make them more or less likely to develop the disease, but the illness won't develop without the right conditions. And when it comes to diet and health, that means the most wrong conditions: a poor diet of processed, high-carb foods and perpetually low activity levels.
Subtle and gradual changes in the American lifestyle over the last 50 years have set most of us up with circumstances that put our lives in that rut: we eat poorly and in greater quantities and our lives are geared more and more toward sedentary past-times. It's easy to slide inexorably toward diabetes without even noticing it, and many, many people are doing just that.