Cost of Type 2 Diabetes

My thoughts on this recent article in the New York Times, “Protecting Yourself From the Cost of Type 2 Diabetes” …

“ONE in 10 Americans has diabetes, and if present trends continue, one in three will suffer from the disease by the year 2050, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

I agree, if we continue to follow the same OLD, failed dietary guidelines as promoted by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators … sadly I must agree. However…. we can  Stop the Insanity!

Note: Dietary and lifestyle changes impact both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, this article is specifically addressing Type 2’s.

“Already this incurable, chronic and often debilitating illness costs the country’s health care system a staggering $174 billion a year.”

I agree it is incurable but you can stop the damage and even allow your body to heal some or most of the damage.  If you doubt this check out these posts on diabetes success stories.  Diabetes does NOT have to be chronic nor does it have to be debilitating. IF the proper meal plan can be followed the overwhelming majority of type 2 diabetes would be prevented (if not all). EVERY Type 2 Diabetic who follows this diabetic meal plan reduces drugs and insulin… without fail, every one.

“What often gets lost in the talk over rising costs, however, is just how much treating diabetes can cost an individual patient. Even with insurance, people with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the illness, often face substantial out-of-pocket expenses.

The inability to shoulder them is part of the reason only 25 percent of diabetics are getting the care they need, many experts say. And those who do manage to obtain proper care often have to make steep sacrifices.”

Much to say here.

Even the 25% who are “getting the care they need” … are not getting healthy advice if it comes from an ADA Minion. (Click here if you are not sure what an ADA Minion is ). The vast majority of the advice diabetics receive is WRONG, harmful and dangerous.  The advice diabetics receive only serves the drug companies and the medical “industry”.   Why do I say that??  Because everything a patient is told …. keeps them on ever increasing drugs and insulin.

Even Harvard’s Joslin… a self prescribed “The world’s preeminent diabetes… blah, blah, blah” … EVEN they promote a meal plan consisting of 40% of nutrients from carbohydrates. That is a recipe for continued drugs and insulin usage. You can read more “rants” about Joslin here and here.

Lastly, … “steep sacrifices” ? … I buy -0- drugs, -0- insulin and I do not pay Certified Diabetes Educators service fees … in fact, since ditching the high carb meal plan I have not been ill. I have -0- medical fees except for private insurance costs.

Not all can wean off completely from drugs and insulin. There are many factors including age, length of time on drugs/insulin etc… BUT ALL reduce drugs and insulin requirements… ALL.

“Diabetes patients spend an average of $6,000 annually for treatment of their disease, according to a recent report by Consumer Reports Health. That figure includes monitoring supplies, medicines, doctor visits, annual eye exams and other routine costs.”

The above mentioned costs… are ONLY if you follow the American Diabetes Association’s meal plan…  the base of their “food pyramid” (suggesting 6-11 servings per day) is high in grains, cereals and legumes…. ALL HIGH CARB foods.

The base of their food pyramid is the exactly the foods you should NOT EAT!  And they are suggesting you eat them the most.

I’ll stop for now but the above costs do NOT include the “loss” of limbs and organs. They do not include the “cost” of pain and suffering…. nor the anguish of losing loved ones much earlier than is necessary.

So … you can follow the American Diabetes Association meal plan and require more and more drugs and insulin. (These drugs include cholesterol, indigestion, respiratory and hypertension meds ) ….

OR…. you can eat like I do…. and feel great while reducing drugs and insulin.


Click HERE for the Diabetic Meal Plan I follow.

Click HERE for the Diabetic Nutrition Chart that I heed.

In a previous post, “Money Trail” I provided a very simplistic chart of the “Money Trail” relating to our Medical Industry, the American Diabetes Association, Insurance Companies (public and private) and Big Pharmaceutical companies. A true overall picture would be worthy of a book and would need to include governmental subsidies of grains / large corporate farms. If a book has covered this, please forward me the information.

4 thoughts on “Cost of Type 2 Diabetes”

  1. Sandra_Abernathy

    Excellent “telling it like it is”, Steve!! Thank God for fellow Diabetics who never give up trying to share with other Diabetics how to loose weight and BE SUCCESSFUL in gettin our blood sugars and weights down! America….LISTEN UP!!

    1. Thank you Sandra. Thanks to folks like you, more and more are learning the truth.

      It’s just unfortunate that it’s up to “private” citizens and not the medical professionals and our government agencies that are “sworn to protect us”.

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