Diabetes, the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., is not a disease of blood sugar. If that was the case and eating too much sweet stuff caused the condition, then every child will have it.
More than 29 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, have the illness, according to the American Diabetes Association.
“About one third of all individuals with the condition in which blood glucose levels are too high – that is nearly 8 million people – have not been diagnosed, even though their blood sugar values are elevated,” Dr. Athena Philis-Tsimikas from Scripps Health’s Whittier Diabetes Institute in San Diego, says. About 1.4 million new cases are detected every year.
Diabetes is a chronic disease and usually has a genetic cause, so once it has manifest itself it is difficult to “cure,” but it is possible to reverse the elevations in blood sugar with improvement in diet and physical activity.