Diabetes is a Modern Epidemic

No one with a headache is suffering from a deficiency of aspirin.  And the vast majority  of Type 2 diabetics do not have a deficiency of insulin.  Their entire blood glucose regulatory mechanisms are malfunctioning.  Diabetes has become a modern epidemic.

“Sugar is without question the number one murderer in the history of humanity.”  Sakurazawa, Japanese author of 50 books on natural healing, 1964

With this clinically proven, scientifically validated, logical, and inexpensive program, you will find a new level of vigor that you haven’t felt in years.  If you follow the recommendations throughout my website, then it will likely add years to your life and life to your years.

Diabetes is a Modern Epidemic

Does Lifestyle or Genetics Cause Diabetes?

The Pima Indians of the Southwestern United States can help us answer this question.  A physician who worked with the Pima Indians found 1 case of diabetes among the entire Pima tribe in the year 1908, which was around the time that these Native Americans began to embrace the “western” diet of highly refined carbohydrates and sugar.  When Dr. Elliott Joslin, founder of the Joslin Clinic, visited these Pima Indians in 1937, he identified  21 diabetics.  In 1954, Drs. Parks and Waskow recorded 283 diabetics on the same reservation.

By 1965, there were 500 Pima diabetics.  Today, nearly 60% of all Pima adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes.  However, a splinter group of genetically similar Pima Indians living in New Mexico who did not embrace the western lifestyle of sugar, salt, fat, alcohol, obesity and sedentary lifestyle have an extremely low incidence of diabetes.[i]  Most Pima Indians probably have a genetic vulnerability to diabetes that only surfaces when they eat the wrong foods and become obese through sedentary lifestyle.  Most diseases, actually, are a collision between a genetic vulnerability and environmental insult.

Diabetes and the Ancestral Diet

Another example of the role played by lifestyle on diabetes involves the Yemenites from the Middle East who have lived in Israel for over 25 years and have a much higher incidence of diabetes than Yemenites who continued to consume the low sugar unrefined diet in their native land.  The diet of both groups of Yemenites has similar calories, and ratios of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.  The only difference in those Yemenites who have a much higher incidence of diabetes is the 20% of calories consumed from refined white sugar.[ii]

getting healthier after diabetes

Americans have also moved from various ancestral diets throughout the world that had almost no sugar to the “modern” diet of 20% of calories from sugar.  We have suffered the consequences in deviating from our lifestyle that kept our ancestors alive.   The incidence of diabetes has doubled over the past decade from 10 million to now 20 million Americans with diabetes, half of which don’t even know that they have the disease.  Diabetes is now one of the most rapidly growing diseases in America–primarily because of our poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.

Researchers now speculate that ancestral groups who have a “thrifty gene”, or have been exposed to frequent periods of famines, are more vulnerable to diabetes.  These people survived famines with the ability to conserve calories.  Yet when food is abundantly available, as it is in America today, and these people get obese, this thrifty gene turns poor diet and obesity into diabetes.

Americans consume over 10 billion doughnuts per year and 15 billion gallons of soft drinks, much to the detriment of our health.  Is it worth it?  This book is about empowerment, not about guilt.  It is about giving you back control of your life and health, not blaming anyone.

Diabetes management can have a huge impact in your quality and quantity of life and prevention of the common complications of diabetes, such as eye, kidney, nerve, and heart problems.  There are a handful of “superfoods” to add to your daily diet, nutritious and delicious foods to control blood glucose, a few inexpensive  nutrition supplements, 30 minutes a day of exercise, and reaching your ideal body weight.

[i] . Bennett, PH, Nutr.Rev., vol.57, no.5, p.S51, 1999

[ii] . Cohen, AM, et al., Lancet, vol.2, p.1399, 1961

Dr. Patrick Quillin

Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition and health. He has 30 years experience as a clinical nutritionist, of which 10 years were spent as the Vice President for a leading cancer hospital system where he worked with thousands of cancer patients in a hospital setting. He is a Best Selling Author with 18 books which have sold over 2,000,000 copies and also a Keynote Speaker.

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