DiabetesMapHoly cow the obesity map in the US is not pretty. Neither is the diabetes rate.

Way more red than ever.

What’s the obesity rate in your state?

See the new term’s meaning; diabesity.

By Dennis Harper, DO

Those of you who read my last report on obesity know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a map showing the increase in obesity rates on a state-by-state basis since 1985. They also have a similar map related to diabetes rates. I have included the link here and suggest it is very worthwhile to review. The set of slides is a comparison of diabetes and obesity trends, but they have only correlated these statistics beginning with 1994. It would have been more enlightening to view the comparison of statistics beginning with 1985.

What is very interesting is the high correlation between obesity and diabetes trends. It is important to understand that almost all obesity-related diabetes (“diabesity”) is considered type 2. Most doctors’ first line of therapy will be diet and exercise. If diet and exercise does not work for the patient, doctors will add oral medications to increase the amount of insulin being produced or medications to increase the receptors’ ability to absorb glucose. In many instances they will use both.

When the above therapy fails, doctors then add injections of short, medium or long acting insulin. When the lab work of the patient with diabetes shows a failure to control glucose with just diet and exercise, the second phase of therapy is instituted. The medications to increase insulin should only be used if your doctor has checked to see if your fasting insulin levels are low. If they are not, then it would be better for your doctor to be using medications to increase receptor activity.

As a final resort doctors will add insulin if the patient cannot control the glucose levels. However, the more insulin you take generally makes the receptors less receptive to glucose so the remaining amount of glucose in the blood will be changed into triglycerides and stored as fat. This is the main reason why patients being treated for diabetes will frequently continue to gain weight, which makes this condition worse.

Unfortunately, in 2010, diabetes became the seventh leading cause of death. It is now estimated that 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, seven million more are undiagnosed, and 79 million have prediabetes. Diabetes causes heart disease, high blood pressure, nervous system disease, strokes, lower limb amputations, blindness, certain types of cancer, and is the leading cause of kidney failure. The total estimated cost of diabetes in 2007 was 218 billion dollars.

Weight management with a healthy diet and exercise is key to battling back against the rise of diabetes. I personally always suggest that my patients exercise and switch their diets to a more diabetic-friendly diet—one that is lower in calories, lower in high-glycemic carbohydrates, and high in quality protein and healthy fats.

The Isagenix program has been a great help to me and my patients with diabetes for the last nine years. They’ve seen weight loss and positive changes that have allowed them to reverse the downward progression that most diabetes patients experience. I counsel all of my patients with diabetes to exercise daily, stick to a healthy diet, and to use the Isagenix program faithfully.

Sharing the Isagenix products with my patients gives me great peace of mind. I know this gives them the best patient outcome I have seen in 26 years of practice.


American Diabetes Association. “Diabetes Statistics.” Available at http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-statistics/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Diabetes Data & Trends” Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/diabetes_slides.htm

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: http://HealthIsAHabit.live


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