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Increased diabetic numbers and the link to profit margins

I'm confused. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 30 million diabetics and 79 million pre-diabetics living in the United States. If this is true – I'm not disputing the WHO's statistics – then why are the numbers increasing? And, with modern technology at our command, why aren't these people being cured?

Staying healthy should be a goal that each of us seeks. But if there is no cure for diabetes, and if it's making people sicker and sicker even after seeing a doctor, then the battle is already lost. Here's my point, though: Since there is a diabetes epidemic, and since this ravaging disease is costing billions, I've ascertained that there is too great of a profit margin to yield to an actual cure.

Diabetes can be prevented, of course. But that would mean you'd have to change your lifestyle, exercise, and eat a good diet. There are warning signs too, and information is disseminated to keep diabetic sufferers informed. However, the dissemination of information doesn't seem to be enough to keep the tens of millions of diabetics and pre-diabetics from contracting the disease.

If you're like most Americans who have diabetes and believe the disease can never be cured or reversed, you might think with all the new technology available to us that this scourge could be man-made for profit. There is money to be made in health care, you know.

It is my contention, however, that a cure is already available. If not, it's not too far in the future. What is a cure? A cure is a completely effective treatment for a disease, which correctly removes the disease. That's what I want to see happen to diabetes and any other catastrophic disease – complete eradication.

By the year 2030, diabetes is expected to triple. So what causes diabetes? It's an overdose of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in some cases. A statin drug is lipid-lowering medicine, which lowers blood cholesterol levels. Statins have been around since the 1980's, but the risk for affecting diabetes didn't surface until about 20 years later due to more modern testing and technology.

The data has shown that the higher the dose, the greater affect it has on the body. It could be one of the contributing factors that triggered the diabetic epidemic and another reason why one of three children will become diabetic. The Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the side affects of satin drugs and developed new labels for its use.

Labeling is important even though Americans have come to rely on quick fixes. If it's in pill form, there are side affects – and those side effects can be devastating. For example, if a doctor prescribes Vioxx, Naproxen or Prozac for pain, discomfort or depression, you could be at risk for diabetes, a heart attack, kidney failure or some type of violent behavior.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there are probably more than 600 million doctor visits annually and probably less than 10 percent of that time is there ever an introduction to natural foods or medicine. Eating natural foods may keep you from having a heart attack, suffering a stroke, contracting cancer or developing diabetes.

I still say there is profit to be made in health care. For example, statin drugs are enormously expensive. Some drugs, however, have been subjected to bad press. If a statin drug receives bad press, you can rest assure that the drug manufacturer's marketing department would spin a story that sounds believable. These spin-masters would have you to believe the drug is really safe when, in actuality, there could be adverse reactions.

I'm sure that some people would rather focus their attention on being cured of diabetes or any other devastating illness rather than think about the doctors or drug manufacturer's profit margin; they just want to be healed and, henceforth, healthy. The doctors and drug manufacturers will make their money anyway.

Here's something I want you to think about: Do you really want to overcome your health problems or are you willing to sacrifice your health again and again knowing that some of the medications that you are taking could be linked to other health-related problems?

The diabetes problem can be fixed, but we must first be aware that there is a problem. Then we must do what it takes to eradicate it.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He is the author of 47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit him at www.cheftimothymoore.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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