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Diabetes: N.Y.C . 'Crisis' Mirrors National Epidemic

Reprinted from NewsMax.com

Diabetes: N.Y.C . 'Crisis' Mirrors National Epidemic
NewsMax.com Wires
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006
New York City is reeling under the impact of a quiet but hugely destructive diabetes epidemic, according to a page one story in the New York Times.



Under the headline "Diabetes and Its Awful Toll Quietly Emerge as a Crisis," the Times piece details the plight of the city in which some 800,000 adults have been stricken with the often-crippling disease and present an increasingly heavy burden for the public health system.



Medical experts point out that because diabetes is largely caused by poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle, it is also spreading quickly among New York City's youngsters. In fact, so many young New Yorkers are developing diabetes that health officials fear the system will be overwhelmed.




But New York's problems with diabetes simply mirror an even more massive epidemic of the disease hitting the entire nation.


. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three children will become diabetic. And the outlook is even worse for Latinos: one out of every two will develop the disease.


In all, nearly 21 million Americans are believed to be diabetic, according to the CDC and 41 million more are prediabetic with high blood sugar that could easily reach diabetic levels if they don't change their habits.



"Either we fall apart or we stop this," declared Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Frieden says that in 20 years people will look back and say, "What were they thinking? They're in the middle of an epidemic and kids are watching 20,000 hours of commercials for junk food."



Frank Vinicor, associate director for public health practice at the CDC has a clear way of describing the country's diabetes issue:


"How bad is the diabetes epidemic?" he asks. "There are several ways of telling. One might be how many different occurrences in a 24-hour period of time, between when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep.


"So, 4,100 people diagnosed with diabetes, 230 amputations in people with diabetes, 120 people who enter end-stage kidney disease programs and 55 people who go blind.


"That's going to happen every day, on the weekends and on the Fourth of July," he says.


Of course, the idea of a national diabetes epidemic comes as no surprise to readers of NewsMax medical expert, Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of the monthly newsletter, The Blaylock Wellness Report.


For years, Dr. Blaylock has been warning against a national epidemic of the disease. In fact, one of his recent newsletters is entitled "The Diabetes Solution."



In this issue, Dr. Blaylock succinctly states the basis of most cases of diabetes:


"When all is said and done, diabetes boils down to one central issue: People are eating too many of the wrong foods, too few of the healthy ones, and they're spending too much time sitting on their rumps watching TV."


A tireless advocate for lifestyle change to prevent diabetes, Dr. Blaylock has sought out and carefully researched a number of effective natural methods for helping to prevent the development of diabetes.



He has also found ways to reduce the toll the disease takes on those who already have it. These safe and natural remedies can halt or even completely reverse much of the damage done by diabetes. To learn more about Dr. Blaylock's approach, go here: "The Diabetes Solution."
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