The Western lifestyle and average American diet pave a smooth road for developing various illnesses and diseases. Over the years, food has become more processed, less natural, and filled with even greater amounts of toxic additives and ingredients than in the past. The overall lifestyle changes over the years are leading a large number of adults and children alike to experience the onset of many health conditions – with some recent research pointing out that the number of children with diabetes increased 14% between 2000 and 2008.
Do any of these sound like you?
- You feel sluggish or have a little less “get up and go” than previously, but you attribute it to high stress levels or increased age.
- You’ve had gradual weight gain and chalk it up to age.
- You have an increased desire for carbohydrates and never really feel full after eating.
- People close to you wonder how you can always eat at the drop of a hat.
If so, you could you be one of the 7 million people in the U.S. with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 or adult-onset diabetes does not normally come on like a lightning bolt or an earthquake, but silently develops over years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, type two diabetes affects more than 25.8 million people or 8.3 percent of the U.S population. Experts predict a whopping 10 percent increase in adult diabetes in the next decade.
The current edition of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association includes an interesting study reviewing food commercials on TV. Over a 4 week time period, researchers taped food advertisements during 84 hours of prime time TV and 12 on Saturday mornings. In 3000 ads, 800 food items were promoted.