Increased Incidence of Diabetes

In the last ten years, the incidence of diabetes in San Antonio, Texas has risen rapidly, probably due to increased intake of foods made from bakery products and pastas. This study reflects what's happening throughout North America.

Diabetes that starts in later life is usually caused by inability to respond to insulin, rather than having low levels of insulin. Before insulin can do its job of driving sugar from the bloodstream into cells, it must first attach to hooks on cells called insulin receptors. When cells are full of fat or you eat too much fat, cells lose insulin receptors, so insulin can't find its docking receptors.

Late-onset diabetes is usually caused by eating too many calories and gaining too much weight. Many people try to restrict fat and cholesterol in meat and chicken, and substitute bakery products and pasta. They end up eating more calories, gain weight and become diabetic. Everyone should eat more whole grains, beans and vegetables, and restrict foods made with flour or added sugars. See my report on Treatment of Insulin Resistance.

Burke JP et al. Rapid rise in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes from 1987 to 1996. Archives of Internal Medicine. 1999(July 12);159:1450-1456.

Checked 8/9/05

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