When we think of malnutrition, we think of hungry children in third-world nations, not something which occurs here in the USA of America. However, America ranks third behind China and India with this epidemiological type of malnutrition, known as diabetes.
Let’s understand it
You may be confused by this reference to diabetes as a malnourished state, once nearly all individuals with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, and in no-way resembling the gauntly thin pictures of hungry children from third-world nations. But the reality is that the kids in America, in addition to the adults, are seriously malnourished and will succumb to death and disability before their time due to diabetes. There are two basic forms of malnutrition: 1) protein-energy malnutrition, which is typically considered a lack of protein and calories, and 2) micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) lack malnutrition.
In the case of type 2 diabetes in today’s America, this definition of malnutrition actually fits perfectly. Although, type 2 diabetes is often considered an overabundance of energy (calories) which has contributed to becoming overweight and obese, it’s nonetheless an “energy” malnutrition. The body is badly out-of-balance. But in addition to fulfilling the requirements for this type of malnutrition, diabetes also meets the requirements for the next sort of malnutrition also, because diabetes and its metabolic dysfunction can also be connected to micronutrient deficiencies.
This outbreak of malnutrition (aka: diabetes) is huge, with 29.1 million Americans reported to have diabetes according to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics report, released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Ninety to 95 percent of individuals with diabetes have type 2 diabetes, with 5% to 10% having type 1 diabetes. Overall, 9.3% of the American people (or 1 out of 11 people) has diabetes. Even scarier than this amount is that 8.1 million or 27.8percent of individuals with diabetes (1 out of 4) do not even know they have it.
Pre-diabetes, thought to occur before the actual diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, influences 86 million people in this state (or 1 out of 3 adults). Nine out of 10 people with pre-diabetes do not even know they have it, and will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years if lifestyle changes aren’t made. Both pre-diabetes and diabetes may cause serious health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, loss of toes, feet or legs, and a slew of other health ailments, such as fatty liver, sleep apnea, sexual dysfunction, depression, hearing loss, gum disease and much more.
Did you know?
This incidence of malnutrition in the U.S. Diabetes is no longer considered a disease of genetics. It was thought that diabetes has been 80 percent the result of our genetics and 20% because of environment, but we now know it is truly the opposite. Diabetes is attributed 80 percent by our lifestyle and surroundings and only 20% because of genetics. Over time, our environment and lifestyles have changed radically, with the overabundance of processed and fast foods, pesticide-laden produce, meats out of institutionalized farming procedures, stressed lifestyles and inactivity.
Although we are a country of food abundance and obese, we’re a nation of malnourished individuals. Our soils are less likely to grow nutritious crops which are then sprayed with pesticides causing the disruption of human cell membranes and cell function. Consequently, we’re not able to fight these foreign attackers because of our nutrient deficiencies and compromised immune systems. Our meat resources are institutionally farmed, fed with genetically-modified (GMO) corn (leading to our elevated blood sugars and insulin resistance) and pumped with hormones to make them larger and more profitable.
Additionally, institutionally farmed animals are injected with antibiotics to decrease the infections they get from being in close quarters and the disorders that result in their unnatural diets. Antibiotic resistance now is rampant in our society, and kids are going through puberty earlier (and growing diabetes)–something which wasn’t seen when our meat resources were rather pasteur-raised and their nutrition obtained from naturally green leafy forage, obviously hormone and antibiotic-free.
Our processed and fast foods are full of sugars, additives and artificial ingredients which are deficient in micronutrients, damaging to our individual cells and promote insulin resistance and inflammation. And we add to the processed soup mix, our considerably stressed lifestyles, poor diets, lack of sleep, overweight and inactivity, and “bon appétit”: we’ve cooked ourselves up an inflammatory stew, wreak havoc inside each cell of our body, resulting in inflammatory conditions like diabetes: America’s malnutrition. By the year 2050, 1 out of 3 Americans will have become malnourished and developed diabetes. Is it you, your friend or loved one? Allow me to help you avoid becoming a statistic.