Diabetes Gone Wild

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(Newswire.net — November 19, 2015) — Six in ten adults in large South Asian cities have either diabetes or prediabetes in a recent large study in the journal, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. More and more of these studies show the epidemic of prediabetes and diabetes worldwide.

There has been a rapid rise of diabetes noted in the last 30 years.   In addition, health care providers are becoming more aware of the importance of early recognition of these problems.  There is a High burden of prediabetes and diabetes in three large cities in South Asia according to the Center for cardio metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia Study that included India.   Other studies are showing the rapid rise in diabetes worldwide.  

Diabetes and Prediabetes are more than just a sugar problem; they are metabolic disorders of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that affect every cell in the body.  

Why the Concern about Diabetes and Prediabetes?

One reason is an increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases that are associated with diabetes, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome. The other is all the damage that is done to all the organs of the body. It is a Quality of Life issue, and a mortality and morbidity problem, as well as the most expensive medical problems we face. 

I have been working on methods of using new kinds of tests to discover hidden prediabetes and diabetes, and a way to monitor metabolism for weight control using new technologies. This allows new ways to optimize life style choices, diet and exercise. This is also a way to optimize physical and mental performance by improving metabolism and body chemical balance. The benefits include avoiding complications of diabetes and prediabetes and well as achieving wellness.

In the past Diabetes is recognized as an elevation of blood sugar. I believe Diabetes should be renamed “Metabolic Impairment.” Many people around the world now have diabetes and prediabetes but do not know it. If one-third of Americans are known to have insulin resistance according to a new book by a leading endocrinologist (Dr. Isaac Jacobs MD), then imagine how many are NOT properly processing the 3 major food groups of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Metabolic dysfunction and raising blood glucose levels are in a continuum of a growing problem that I classify as Metabolic Impairment. Prediabetes is one form of Metabolic Impairment.

Impaired fasting glucose is a fasting glucose that is higher than the upper limit of normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes mellitus. Some patients with impaired fasting glucose can also be diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance, but many have normal responses to a glucose tolerance test. That is another reason for using the term as Metabolic Impairment.

Lifestyle can Make a Difference

According to the CDC, without lifestyle changes to improve health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

A person with certain risk factors is more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. These risk factors include: age, especially after 45 years of age; being overweight or obese; a family history of diabetes; having an African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander racial or ethnic background; a history of diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) or having given birth to a baby weighing nine pounds or more; and being physically active less than three times a week.

Do you have Hidden Prediabetes?

If you do have prediabetes, research shows that doing just two things can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes: Lose 5% to 7% of your body weight, which would be 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person; and get at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking.

Around 97 million Americans are insulin resistant, and millions more have metabolic impairment or prediabetes; yet most are unaware. Diabetes and Prediabetes are more than just a sugar problem; they are metabolic disorders of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. According to the Health Care Financing Administration and other sources, Health Care costs are 1 in every 7 dollars spent, and comprise of over $2 trillion per year in the United States. Prediabetes and Diabetes have the highest price tag of any of the diseases.  That is why we are researching new ways to detect diabetes and prediabetes. 

Why does prediabetes and diabetes cause so many problems like cancer?

It has to do with metabolic pathways. Metabolic problems like diabetes and prediabetes cause insulin resistance. This allows for an increase in body fats, the bad fats. This increases the incidence of obesity and even more insulin resistance. This is aggravated by a high glucose diet, high fat diet, stress and the lack of exercise. Food scientists have found out what to add as ingredients in fast foods that attract the pleasure center of the brain with these toxic foods that makes a person starve and crave these foods despite an overdose of calories. In part, due to the insulin resistance, sugar cannot get into the cells for energy, so people eat more. Diabetes treatment and screening need to do more than just deal with Blood Sugar. It is necessary to assist the body with the proper metabolism to avoid toxic byproducts, high levels of glucose and toxins.  Metabolic problems lead to certain compounds and metabolites that are harmful to different parts of the body. 


About the Author

Dr. Buckman is the Chief Medical Officer of Viratech Corp, Viratech, Corp. (OTC: VIRA), a software company focusing on developing disruptor based applications in the communication broadcasting, work flow management, crowd sourced labor and  biotechnology fields.

Dr. Buckman has over 39 years of Health Care Experience in a variety of areas of medicine, including research.  Dr. Buckman has presented research, published articles and books in the field of medicine, and has given lectures at numerous hospitals and at Medical Conferences.   During the last 35 years he has worked to advance a number of medical technologies with a focus on Non-Harmful early detection of disease, with a primary focus on Breast Cancer and Diabetes.  He is currently serving on the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Pacific School of Engineering and Computer Science and a Visiting Professor.   He has decades of hospital Medical Director experience and has served on over many hospital committees for 35 years, and has served as Medical Director or Associate Director at multiple Institutions.