Type II diabetes is a major problem in the US. Almost 26 million people have it, but a lot of them don’t even know that they do. Diabetes can cause many health complications, including heart disease, which can end up resulting in death.
Type II diabetes used to be called adult onset diabetes but lately it is showing up more and more in children. Already the US has spent $245 billion on healthcare costs associated with diabetes, which has increase by 41% in the last five years. It is estimated that by the year 2020, diabetes will have used $3.35 trillion in healthcare expenses over the last decade.
Unfortunately if you are diagnosed with diabetes, you will be told to take medication such as Metformin, lose weight, and come back in six months for a check-up. The medications often do not work, or if they do, they have severe side effects that may include cancer. They are expensive and the dosages are frequently changed. Patients are not given nutrition information but instead they are given a prescription and sent on their way. When the medication fails, the only option left is insulin injections every day.
According to Dr. William Cole, who is trained in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, “At the heart of the propaganda machine is the pharmaceutical industry, which spends 19 times more on self-promotion than they do on actual research. The medications given are anything but magic pills, all having negative side effects and some being linked to bladder and pancreatic cancer. Not designed to heal, the medications typically have to be increased in dosages until no other option is left but to go on insulin.”
There is no solution that will fit everyone but the diagnostic medicine needs to be changed. The levels of sugar in your blood should be investigated, not covered up with medications and ignored. This ends up costing more over the long run as the medications that are expensive and don’t work only cover up other problems that may be existing. Once these other problems become worse more money needs to be spent to take care of these now worse conditions. It is a vicious cycle.