Another bleak report was published by the Centers for Disease Control recently indicating that the state of health in the U.S. in 2050 will be very, very sad. They emphasize that unless things change, there will be an increasing number of diabetics. We are reminded in this report that the health care costs associated with diabetes is $174 billion per year!
Experts predict that up to 1 in 3 American adults could have diabetes. I've used the following example before but it's worth repeating; if I told you that 1 in 3 Americans would catch a virus that would significantly reduce their quality of life, consume massive amounts of health care dollars, cause kidney failure, blindness, nerve issues, sexual dysfunction, increase risk of many cancers, promote infertility and heart attacks.... we would be up in arms! There would be a massive public outcry to develop a vaccine against this virus that could assault and destroy the lives of so many Americans.
The real threat here is much more insidious. I admit- eating lots of vegetables and exercising regularly is not quite as sexy as the idea of a brilliant team of scientists developing a new vaccine (cue the suspenseful music) against a ticking clock... to conquer this threat. You probably won't see Hollywood make movies on how a healthy lifestyle can destroy this epidemic.
Folks- you can change this. I know it sounds a bit idealistic, but one bite at a time, one person- one family- one community at a time, we can prove these CDC scientists wrong.