For the single best article I have read in my research concerning Type II Diabetes, I urge you to check out Dr. Cowan’s article (found on the Weston Price Foundation website) HERE where he describes in elegant prose the following: Type I and Type II, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, diet, herbs, and supplements.
The following is an excellent synopsis of Pre-Diabetes from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse:
Pre-diabetes among People Ages 20 Years or Older, United States, 2010
- Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose, also called blood sugar, or A1C levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
- Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.
- In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose or A1C levels, 35 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older had pre-diabetes—50 percent of those ages 65 years or older. Applying this percentage to the entire U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million Americans ages 20 years or older with pre-diabetes.
- On the basis of fasting glucose or A1C levels, and after adjusting for population age differences, the percentage of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older with pre-diabetes in 2005–2008 was similar for non-Hispanic whites, 35 percent; non-Hispanic blacks, 35 percent; and Mexican Americans, 36 percent.
- Using a different data source than for other race/ethnicity groups, a different age group, and a different definition on the basis of fasting glucose levels only, and after adjusting for population age differences, 20 percent of American Indians ages 15 years or older had pre-diabetes in 2001–2004.
As for the current number of diabetics in the USA: current prevalence rate: approx 1 in 17 or 5.88% or 16 million people in USA [Source statistic for
calculation: “16 million Americans (NWHIC, includes undiagnosed); 7.2 million
In other words, this disease of civilization is increasing, is currently the sixth most common cause of death (from complications), and is best understood from an alternative viewpoint. And yes, the article I cite above is 9 pages long, and every one of them is worth reading.