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The Global Diabetes Tsunami... And Why America Actually Has It Good

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Lately there has been a flurry of media reports focusing on America's obesity epidemic, and how costs associated with America's gradual shift to a fat society will inundate the already strapped budget in the form of shadow taxation and other direct and indirect costs, which are, to put it simply, unsustainable. As the first chart below shows, the primary cost center associated with the obese conditions - diabetes - has certainly gripped a substantial portion of the US population, at last count affecting at least 10% of the population. Yet as chart #2 shows, America, with its $23.7 million diabetes cases, actually has it good. Because when compared to countries without a social safety net, such as China and India, the US diabetes problem is child's play. With 90 million diabetes cases in China, and 61.3 million in India, or nearly half of the total 346 million worldwide diabetes cases, perhaps it is time for the developing world to worry how they plan on funding the billions of associated costs, as they assimilate more and more of the worst American habits. Because as the International Diabetes Foundation says, "In developing countries, the looming costs in human lives, healthcare expenditure and lost productivity threatens to undo recent economic gains." However since all of this is in "the future" what's the point of worrying about it now...

American diabetes is bad...

...But not nearly as bad as what is happening in the "developing" world. Whoops:

Finally, from the International Diabetes Foundation, here are the facts:

The number of people living with, and dying of, diabetes across the world is shocking: 90 million Chinese live with diabetes and 1.3 million died in 2011;23% of Qatari adults have developed diabetes.


  • Type 2 diabetes accounts for almost 90% of all cases of diabetes in adults worldwide. In general, as countries become richer, people eat a more sugar- and fat-rich diet and are less physical active — and the incidence of diabetes rises. On average, nearly 8% of adults living in high-income countries (see map for country classification) have diabetes. It is, however, upper-middle and middle-income countries that have the highest prevalence of diabetes; over 10% of adults in these countries have the condition.
  • In high-income countries, diabetes primarily afflicts people over 50 years of age. But in middle-income countries, the highest prevalence is in younger people — the most productive age groups. As these people age, and as life expectancies increase, prevalence in older age groups will rise further. This trend will put a huge burden on healthcare systems and governments.
  • The mortality rate of diabetes varies sharply with the prosperity of the country. In 2011, the disease caused more than 3.5 million deaths in middle-income countries, of which more than 1 million were in China and just less than a million were in India. Approximately 1.2 adults die of a diabetes-associated illness per 1,000 cases in 2011 in low- and middle-income countries: more than double the mortality rate of high-income countries. Mortality rates are much lower in high-income countries with the greater healthcare recourses, but those tolls are still high: approximately 180,000 people died in the United States in 2011, for example.
  • Unsurprisingly, high-income countries spent vastly more on diabetes-related costs in 2011 than lower-income countries. In developing countries, the looming costs in human lives, healthcare expenditure and lost productivity threatens to undo recent economic gains.


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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:26 | 2447665 Mercury
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If only Monsanto could engineer edible debt...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:33 | 2447677 Non-overlapping...
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Seriously?  The bubble radii reflect absolute numbers rather than proportion of the population?  What a stupid graphic.


That's 8% of americans, 6.7% of chinese, 5% of indians.  Yet American diabetes isn't 'nearly as bad' as the developing world?  It seems like ZH contributors are getting deliberately dumber every day, particularly on anything mathematical, and yet the ZH community in general devours their financial analyses without question.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:41 | 2447731 AMack
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My thoughts exactly. Quality over quantity, Tyler.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:30 | 2447679 catacl1sm
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It's the carbs, not fat in our diets that lead to diabetes. Type II diabetes is caused by the inability of the pancreas to secrete ENOUGH insulin to control blood sugar. Insulin is the bodies way of dealing with blood glucose by signaling other hormones to attach to cells and pull in the glucose for fuel. The over use of insulin due to carb heavy diets is leading to more and more cases of insulin resistance in our bodies. As the cells become resistant to insulin, it takes more and more insulin to produce the desire result of controlling blood sugar levels. Once the pancreas can no longer create sufficient insulin to overcome the resistance, you are Type II. Insulin also controls the deposition of fat into fatty tissues. Vicious cycle, and why you often find the poorest of people being fat. Carbs are the cheapest of calories. They also make you hungry again when your blood sugar level drops, causing you to overeat.

Replacing carbs with a fat and protein rich diet can reverse this in most people. In some, they are beyond the point of no return. As with anything, there are genetic differences in how each person handles insulin and how much it affects fat deposition (and where).

However, we don't have the arable land space to raise enough livestock to feed the world. Fucked if you do, fucked if you don't.  I recommend not living in a 3rd world country.


See Gary Taubes for more info.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:49 | 2447781 blunderdog
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     However, we don't have the arable land space to raise enough livestock to feed the world.

Actually, if we switch from feed-intensive livestock like cows and pigs to more efficient livestock like grasshoppers and beetles, we could dramatically reduce the amount of cereals/grains that the average eater has to consume.

It's just a marketing problem, not a resource problem.

There's no reason people have to live on animals, anyway.  The big carb problem is that the affluent populations eat highly-refined carbs which are just one step away from sugar.  Put people on rations of brown rice, millet, sorghum, and quinoa, and you'd also see enormous benefits without having to worry about feed for livestock.

Vegetarian diets do provide numerous benefits unrelated to diabetes as well.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2447825 Waterfallsparkles
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I will leave all of the grasshoppers and beetles to you.  I will eat Chicken but a little less than normal.  I will not be buying or eating a lot of Beef because who can afford it anyway.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:44 | 2447987 blunderdog
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Everyone should eat whatever it is they prefer to eat.  People should have every right to eat themselves to diabetes.  No one need be spreading the bullshit story that "there's not enough XXX" to feed people in a healthy way.

On the chickens: if you are inclined to care at all about what you put in your body, you'd be best served to find a small farm or raise your own chickens.  The Tyson-grown stuff is straight out of a horror movie. 

If you must make due with factory-farmed 'Murkin crap-food, Perdue is the best of the worst.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:41 | 2448355 BooMushroom
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Really!? Can't you find a middle ground between porterhouse and grasshopper?

Pig, sheep, goat, nothing? Gotta go straight to eating bugs. No wonder Monsanto is winning.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 20:07 | 2449263 blunderdog
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Personally, I'm not so keen on the idea of eating bugs myself, and have moved more in the vegetarian direction.  Some folks insist on eating "meat" though, so it's worth considering.

So yes, you do have to go to bugs if you want to provide a high percentage of animal-protein that would scale to feed the world.  The efficiency is better by an order of magnitude--it's not even close with things like pigs and chickens. 

As the odd point of trivia: there's food with bug-material in it that people don't even think about--lots of red stuff is colored with powdered cochineal bugs and always has been.  Something to think about that the next time you see "red lake 5" as an ingredient on a pack of candy or gum or gelatin.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:30 | 2447682 chrisd
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adopt a ketogenic diet. Sugar makes you fat, not fat.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:38 | 2447709 Jack Burton
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Some fat is normal in Homo Sapians diet, it always has been. Lots of sugar? Not so much. Execept from fruits, and that is a bit different than refined sugars.

Meat is a killer only if you over do it. Go a little lean and don't stuff McDonalds red slime down your throat.

Exercise is good. Muscle burns fat and calories. Fat just accumulated more fat.

Honestly, I am just on my way out for a 3 mile run. I am older now, used to do 5 miles 4 times a week. But all my blood work and pressure tests at the doctor show no problems at all. The Doc says in this town [rather poor] and in my age group [over 50], half his patients are presenting with life threatening heart disease and or diabities. It is an epidemic according to my Doc.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:45 | 2447736 TrulyStupid
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No doubt sugar is the main culprit, particularly added refined sugar. The whole scam however is corporate food manufactured from cheap (poisonous) inputs and sold through the mass media and popular culture. On the other end the sickness industry profits from selling drugs and equipment that doesn't cure anything, but in some cases alleviates symptoms. Another eXXon/GM, Microsoft/iNTEL scam, only with higher stakes.

Read the book the Paleo solution, for details on the science behind diabetes, allergies and diet related problems:

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:32 | 2447687 Jack Burton
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Heart doctors are soon expecting to see High School kids present with heart disease. This due to overweight.

Imagine the costs of heart bypass and all those other treatments on 16 year olds!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:34 | 2447696 Joe The Plumber
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France is usually about 15 to 20 years behind the usa in most trends. I used to hear some of them sneer about fat americans but in twenty more years the majority of france will be fat too

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:54 | 2447813 azzhatter
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DSK gets a lot of exercise apparently. The dude is a regular John Holmes

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:56 | 2448216 hedgehog9999
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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 19:42 | 2449191 prole
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John Holmes? Nyet

Separated at birth from identical twin Ron Jeremy? Da

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:35 | 2447701 printmoremoney
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Slurp a Soda Pop Jimmie, its the REAL thing


Pop = Prey On People for Profits

Now you have the Corporate Mantra, repeat after me....POP POP POP

And at all costs, the Bankers, Corporations must control the legal and financial system to make sure they remain "profitable" as their God Given Right.

Nice Planet we have here. They call candy Suckers for a reason.

We are all suckers (made with corn syrup kind)

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:36 | 2447705 yabyum
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The "betes", meth, spice, dirty needles, fat people, and bad air. Get rid of these and my ER will collapse from boredom.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:36 | 2447706 Snidley Whipsnae
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Diabetes? We don't have time or resources for that shit! We're too busy fighting the War on Drugs and various military conflicts that have become so numerous that I can't keep track...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2447798 Waterfallsparkles
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Well, we won those wars.  Wink Wink.  Forgot Tobacco.  So, now they need another War on FAT. 

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:57 | 2447833 yabyum
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The war on drugs is over...drugs won.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:36 | 2447707 bigwavedave
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Indonesia is sugar heaven dudes!

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2447737 headless blogger
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People are just Over Eating at the trough.

The Romans used to have those water troughs, with cushioned seats where gluttons could vomit after over-feeding so they would have the room to go feed some more.

At least the Romans were honest about it.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:52 | 2447803 TrulyStupid
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It's about addiction... sugar and high carbohydrate foods are addictive. Thin people can get diabetes as well, those who don't evereat, but eat the wrong kinds of "foods".

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:44 | 2447747 Stuck on Zero
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Diabetes is all about inflammation.  Add more Omega 3s, turmeric, exercise, broccoli, fish, and exercise to your lifestyle.  Reduce white flour, corn products, HFCS, stress, and alcohol.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 17:43 | 2448952 kekekekekekeke
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bingo ^_^


I also ground while I sleep supposed to be v. good for inflammaton

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:48 | 2447769 Waterfallsparkles
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It is really no supprise.  If you look at the preprepared foods so many of them have Corn Syrup.  The one that really supprised me was Bologna.  I tried to fry it and it stuck to the pan.  That is when I discovered how much Corn Syrup they put into it.  I never would have expected it in a meat product. 

The problem is that Corn Syrup is hidden in so many pre prepaired foods.  You need a magnifying glass when you go to the grocery store.  Even with the example of Blogna you would never expect that they load it up with Corn Syrup.

Not to forget to mention Salt.   Just look at all of the foods with huge salt content.  Not just the Chips and Crackers but added in a good measure in again pre pre prepaired foods.

Yes, it is a pattern. Pre prepaired easy foods.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 11:51 | 2447799 headless blogger
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since we started watching for corn syrup in foods, it takes us longer to shop and we've been amazed at how many foods have it in them. We had to change a lot of what we had been buying.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:06 | 2447866 Waterfallsparkles
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I agree.  You have to take a magnifying glass to the grocery store these days.  I wonder if Corn Syrup is a triger to make you consume more of their product.

I read somewhere that there are trigers in food that make you consume more than you intended.  This is to create a craving for their product and to eat way beyond the point of satisifying your hunger.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:18 | 2448286 pods
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Yes, look for MSG, which stimulates your appetite.
But, they allow for labeling it as "natural flavoring" if it is below a certain amount.

So look at the end of the label and if you see:
Disodium inosinate and Disodium Guanylate you have MSG in there.  Those two mentioned compounds act synergystically to allow less MSG to give it the desired effect.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 16:04 | 2448643 Miffed Microbio...
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I've heard it also has been classified as a spice so I now only buy things with individual spices listed not generic "spices". MSG is a dangerous excitotoxin that is best avoided at all costs.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 20:23 | 2449290 pods
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No doubt we peruse alot of the same material.  It may be listed as numerous things.  If it is listed as something other than MSG, look for the other two marker compounds, they will be right at the end because they are potent and expensive, so they are added in minute quantities.  Think of them as the adjuvant for MSG.



Mon, 05/21/2012 - 23:09 | 2449643 Miffed Microbio...
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Absolutely. Going to the grocery store had become a nightmare for me when I found out I was very sensitive to MSG. I'm at the point I'm so suspicious I rarely buy anything processed, especially from big Food. Most of my shopping is at farmers markets, our local health food store and occasionally Whole Foods. Rarely go out to eat and only at the few places I trust. Life in this country was a lot easier before Corporatism.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:12 | 2447891 Waterfallsparkles
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My Son took me to a very popular Rib Restaurant called the Corner Stable in Maryland.  By the way they ship their Ribs and Crab Cakes.

Their Ribs are to die for.  We both love to go their for Ribs a few times a year.  They sell a whole rack of ribs but most people cannot eat the whole rack so you take home half a rack.  But, because I do not eat out that much,  I noticed with my leftover 1/2 rack which I ate in two sittings was really heavy on the sugar with a heavy smoke flavor.  Maybe that is why we keep going back and back and back.

But, it also makes me think about how Corn Syrup or what every sugar they use is so addicting.  It make you want more and more.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:30 | 2447952 string
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Food docs to watch:

King Corn

Food Inc.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

Forks over Knives.

If you watch these and still think that buying processed 'foods' is a good idea... well, good luck to ya.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:21 | 2447925 crawldaddy
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wait? the US has healthcare safety nets?  who knew?  Pretty sure we have 50 million americans without any access to basic affordable healthcare.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:22 | 2447929 Flakmeister
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What do you mean "fund the associated costs".... those schmoes with Diabetes in Chindia will get the Libertarian treatment, i.e. just rot and die....

Hey, its just Darwinism...

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:28 | 2448118 Apply Force
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Hmmm - Libertarian treatment might imply that they had been educated in some way with reality rather than indoctrinated, much the same as here in the States.  When all is for profit, who sells the truth? 

Educate those around you as best you can (whether food, energy, whatever you might have a handle on...) and they will be that much less reliant on your being their savior.  When decisions can be made based on something closer to reality (rather than profit) each can do better at saving themselves.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:54 | 2448205 Flakmeister
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No argument from me but next time take note of how many times a Libertarian leaning candidate discusses the encroachment upon personal liberties by corporations...

BTW, for the most part, who do you really think is doing the indoctrinating? And whose "right to indoctrinate" is being upheld in the courts?

BTW, the Liberatarian treatment can be filed under the "Sauve qui peut" section in case you have not been listening too closely...It is your responsiblity to be educated and no one elses, too bad if you or your parents didn't get the memo....

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:18 | 2448287 Apply Force
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In agreement - I'm against all forms of tyranny; fascism, corporatism, etc.  This lock may not be broken outside of extreme means in our lifetimes... only time [and our effort(s)] will tell.

Self education is implicit in survival.  Those who do not possess the means or will to self-educate will suffer - and by default, when everything is commoditized, education based on reality tends to be hard to come by and quite sparse in the gen pop.  Help your own friends and family as you can, our own lives and those around us are ultimately our own responsibilities.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 19:59 | 2449238 prole
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Flaksheister your post is repugnant

No argument from me but next time take note of how many times a Libertarian leaning candidate discusses the encroachment upon personal liberties by corporations...

Um, never? Why would a Libertarian worry about a corporations doings, besides their collusion with corrupt state powers to harm people? Would a Libertarian complain about prices too low at Walmart? Would a Libertarian complain about too much food at the buffet? Libertarians are worried about the unbridled tyranny of the state. (and a little about your falsehoods hereupon posted, but they let that slide for now)

BTW, for the most part, who do you really think is doing the indoctrinating? And whose "right to indoctrinate" is being upheld in the courts?

I am thinking Monsatan, mega big ag, the mega corn and soy farms who scam up billion in free "farm aid" money, anybody else? Drug industry who benefits if everybody has diabetes?

BTW, the Liberatarian treatment can be filed under the "Sauve qui peut" section in case you have not been listening too closely...It is your responsiblity to be educated and no one elses, too bad if you or your parents didn't get the memo...

With Liberte, so goes Responsibility. This is evidently repugnant to you? Will you be making a list of what I am to eat under pain of death, or will you be delivering the food to me personally? Will you sit beside me and feed me big brother?

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 00:15 | 2449775 Flakmeister
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Your naivete knows no bounds.... typical Libtard....

Until you can guarentee that everyone starts on an even playing field as far as information and education goes your poor sheeple that you are worried about will still be captive consumers by those that would be willing to exploit them...

Your understanding of how corporations interact with society is very child like, i.e. Randian... Review your history about what came first, big corps or big gubbmint... Corporations were trying to unfairly exploit people long before they "colluded with the government"....

You're clearly a narcissist as well, I have no idea where you got the idea that I give a fuck about what you eat,..

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:07 | 2447951 JeffB
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It's no coincidence that obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes shot up in conjunction with the government recommendations to go to high carb, low fat diets, via the food pyramid, emphasizing a shift to grains like breads and pastas, fruits and vegetables.

As the movie Fat Head, among many others, notes, those recommendations were brought about by behind the scenes political wrangling, rather than any scientific consensus. In fact, physicians had been successfully treating obesity for decades by putting their obese patients on a primarily meat and fish diet. Senator McGovern, at the urging of a vegetarian aid, was able to ramrod his recommendations through, however, over the objections of many doctors at the time.

Dr Mary Vernon, MD, former president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (doctors specializing in treating obese patients), found that those government dietary recommendations just wouldn't work for her patients, and was quite surprised when she went back and reviewed the scientific literature to find how little scientific backing those recommendations had. In fact, it contradicted some of the science she had learned in Med school.

See her discussion of her findings on this YouTube video. She found that low carbohydrate diets helped her patients lose weight and often had a dramatic effect on lowering her patients' blood sugar levels.

See also Duke University Medicine's article, Low-carb Diets  Prove Better at Controlling Type 2 Diabetes


Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It, by noted science writer, Gary Taubes


Enjoy Eating Saturated Fats: They're Good For You, Dr. Donald W Miller, Jr. professor of surgery, cardiothoracic division, Univ. Washington


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 20:04 | 2449255 prole
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Is anyone in this country really stupid enough to listen to government recommendations?

If you answer yes I  would find that hard to believe.  Where is Ted Kennedy when I am in serious need of advice on "how to perform shallow-water rescue?"

If the government recommended something I would first flee from that thing, then give it some thought and probably decide against it.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 22:56 | 2449622 JeffB
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Sad to say, they had me hook line and sinker. In retrospect, it is a little surprising as I'm in major disagreement with them on so many other issues.

But it seemed to me that this was science. They couldn't screw that up, could they? The secular press was in full agreement, though, and every study in every article I read sung the same tune.

But sure enough, there was a lot of politics involved, and the secular press parroted headlines and conclusions that weren't exactly supported by the underlying studies. In some cases they were almost contradictory.

I learned my lesson, though, when I got a little older and the extra pounds were starting to finally add up. I'd always been thin and never had to give a second thought to my diet. I figured it would be a piece of cake, so to speak, to eat a little healthier and get a little more exercise and quickly get back to my former svelte self.

But that wasn't to be the case. I followed the government advice, eating less red meat, cutting out every bit of fat from my diet that I could, eating more fruits, grains and vegetables, but continued to head in the wrong direction. So I doubled down and ate even more grains, fruits and vegetables intending to even give vegetarianism a try. I ate only whole grain products, to my wife's chagrin, but I seemed to be gaining weight even faster.

When I saw an upcoming chat with Gary Taubes about his newly released book, "Why We Get Fat and What to do about it", I checked it out. There were a few excerpts about cutting out fruits and potatoes and bread and I couldn't believe it. I thought that was utterly absurd. It went against all the government recommendations and those of all the health gurus I'd ever seen in print, on TV or heard on the radio.

But a casual friend had told me some years earlier he was going on the Atkins diet and I warned him how dangerous it was. He said I should read the book, there was good science behind it and he had tried it and lost weight. I thought it was nuts then, but was intrigued enough to read a copy online, courtesy of our local library.

I was again amazed at his thoroughness, logic and documentation. It went against everything I had believed up to that point, but I was willing to take a chance and give it a try, even if the mainstream media had earlier convinced me it would be a sure ticket to the morgue, for cancer if heart disease didn't get me first.

It was weird flipping the food pyramid on its head and eating high calorie fat to lose fat. But it worked. In spades. I lost weight pretty rapidly and consistently for awhile, even though I was eating until I was satisfied, and grabbing snacks when I wanted.

My weight went down and so did my blood pressure, per those machines in some stores. It hadn't been in the yellow zone, but it had been going up and getting closer. Now it's backed off and is comfortably in the green again.

My wife still argues that it isn't the diet. It's just that I'm eating less now. Well duh, that's what it's all about. The carbs cause your blood sugar to go up too high and your pancreas releases insulin to tell your fat cells to suck it out of the blood stream. That drops your blood sugar, but then you're hungry again and the process repeats.

Fat has more than twice as many calories per gram of food, but fills you up, and doesn't raise your blood sugar levels, allowing you to feel fuller longer.

I was convinced. Since then I've done a bit of reading and am even more convinced.

It's a travesty that the government efforts to foster good health, have instead spawned an obesity epidemic.

But as you say, I should have known. They screwed up the war on poverty and the war on drugs. Their intervention in the economy has been a catastrophe for the world to see. How silly to trust them so much that they'd get this one right.


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:40 | 2447975 slackrabbit
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Krudman says this bullish..

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:42 | 2447982 billsykes
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This is pretty interesting-

Neotame brought to you by Rumy's old company nutrisweet- 200x the sweetness with 1000x the neurotoxicity you have come to love in nutrisweet.

AND- the FDA ruled it organic and that it doesn't have to be added to labels or "organic" foods.


I think the basic premise if you are in food production is answering the question "how can we kill more users of our product than we are currently killing" answer this and it takes care of the profit margin.





Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:56 | 2448017 Jena
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Awhile back, ZH posted the first part of HBO's film "The Weight of the Nation".  Parts 2, 3 and 4 can be viewed here:

If you didn't see the first one, it's pretty staggering, especially the pathology parts.

Part 4 is pretty motivating as well.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:58 | 2448021 overmedicatedun...
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ZH ER'S should appreciate the fact that your lab Blood Glucose levels and now AIC levels have been used to diagnose DMtype2. over the last 20 yrs the national medical organisations have lowered the level of your BS or blood glucose and AIC to diagnose DM ..there by magically increasing the number of patients who can be classed as type 2 diabetics and who now need medication to treat what would 20 years ago been treated with diet and exercise or watchful waiting..set the lab levels lower and modern medicine gets milllions more to treat. same with blood pressure we now are much more aggressive treating BP when years ago it was just ignored or life style modifications were used.

the more disease the more need for medical services..full employment here we come

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 12:59 | 2448027 spanish inquisition
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Corn syrup has negative marketing connotations and the lobby is in court to market it as Corn SUGAR.  There are some minor roadblocks in the legal system that need to be overcome with some targeted campaign contributions. (Following the same path of meat byproducts being called hamburger and sticks and twigs being called oat bran.)

Phase 2 will be declaring with some solid research that diabetes is actually caused by stress using the Japanese radiation model. People will start smiling again, comfortable in this new stupider reality and you will see a drop in diabetes soon after the definition is changed.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:25 | 2448104 dizzyfingers
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Mitochondria rejuvenating diet the nutritional ‘experts’ bash     21. February 2012, 16:56 UhrDisease, Low-carb diets, Obesity, Weight lossmreades109 comments


The subtitle of this post could just as easily have been: Feed your mitochondria right.

The two videos below pretty much tell the whole sad tale of doctors and nutrition. Taken together, they confirm the widespread notion that doctors, in general, know very little about nutrition and seem to be proud to keep it that way.

This first video has made the rounds on the internet. I’ve had it sent to me or recommended to me a dozen times, but I had never watched it until just a few days ago. I was put off because of its length, which, at a little over 17 minutes, seems like an eternity in internet viewing time. But I hope anyone reading this post doesn’t make the mistake I did and avoid watching because of the length. It is a spectacular talk given by Dr. Terry Wahls, a female physician who was struck down by a relentlessly progressive neurodegenerative disorder. She describes how she was able to restore her health by revamping her diet in in a way designed to properly feed her mitochondria.* The transformation is almost unbelievable, especially considering the disease she was battling. If you haven’t already seen this video – watch it. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did. And while you watch, pay careful attention to what her diet doesn’t contain much of.



After you’ve seen the above video, take a look at the one below. It is a little over 2 minutes long and was developed to give doctors – who, for the most part, don’t give a flip about diet – advice they can pass along to their obese or overweight patients. Watching the longer video above first will give you more context to better appreciate the one below and show you just how lame mainstream medicine can be.

This video came from Medscape, a subscription service for doctors to keep them abreast of all the latest and greatest news and updates from the world of mainstream medicine.

Pitiful, isn’t it?



The Medscape article containing this video. (Although Medscape is a free subscription service for physicians, non-physicians can sign up as well. For free. Register if you would like to see the article, which is nothing more than a transcript of the video above.) It is amazing to me that an online newsletter designed for physicians would regurgitate dietary information from a newsweekly and pass it off as serious medical information. Especially in such a condescending and patronizing way. The whole thing is infuriating.


The list of the 22 nutritional ‘experts’ who came up with the dietary rankings mentioned.

The US News and World Report article that inspired the video.


Power, Sex and Suicide A pretty thorough book on mitochondrial function that is accessible to the non-scientist. I read this book 6 or 8 years ago and learned a fair amount about mitochondrial DNA. I had been interested in the issue of mitochondrial rehab for a while, and this book filled in some, but not all, of the blanks. A good place to start if your interested.


Why Are Cells Powered by Proton Gradients? Full text of a paper written by Nick Lane, the author of the above book, discussing how mitochondria work by creating an energy gradient across the inner membrane. Accessible to non scientists.


Source of photo of mitochondria at top of post.


* Mitochondria are the little sausage-shaped organelles inside the cells that convert the energy stored in food to ATP, the energy currency of the body. I think the idea of correctly feeding mitochondria is an important one. If your mitochondria don’t work well, you don’t work well. I’ve got a couple of posts in the works on this subject of just what does keep the mitochondria fit and what happens when they become unfit. And what it takes to rehab them if broken. Based on my own pretty extensive review of the scientific literature over the past few years coupled with my clinical experience, I have a few minor quibbles with Dr. Wahls’ notions of what constitutes a perfect diet for the mitochondria, but I’ve got to say that her results speak for themselves. I just think her diet could be even better with a little judicious tweaking.

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Mon, 05/21/2012 - 15:58 | 2448629 BooMushroom
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Unemployment offers more Internet viewing time. So I watched the video. Listened, mostly. Seems solid and simple. Fun to crosscheck ag subsidies with the foods listed.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:26 | 2448109 SILVERGEDDON

The fact of the matter is - that everyone is sick, diseased, and needs treatment immediately. And, if you do not submit to treatment voluntarily, your ass is gonna get shipped off to a FEMA CAMP FOR A MANDATORY DRUG DELIVERY PROGRAM. See you in the soap bar factory, sheeples. Or, the green cracker plant. Real recycling, at it's finest.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 13:40 | 2448153 Shinrai
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Could somebody please point me to the original document from the IDF from which these charts and excerpts were taken?  They weren't obvious on the IDF website. 


Mon, 05/21/2012 - 14:26 | 2448322 Au
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Lecture by Dr Andreas Eenfeldt on how Sweden is reversing its obesity epidemic by going high fat low (sugar, starch,grains) carb. Lots of compelling science.

Lecture here>

Bottom line, human metabolic processes evolved to eat the "caveman diet". Grain consumption came with agriculture in the last 5k yrs, but our genetics have not changed meaningfully since then. Although some can tolerate it, the traditional food pyramid is making many of us fat and sick.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 15:25 | 2448526 TheMuppet
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Gee, didn't know that feudal-thocratic tyranny counted as a "developed country".  One whose BMI/Type 2 diabetes % of total population is right up there with the US, btw. 

Must come from driving cars everywhere and not walking.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 16:15 | 2448677 reader2010
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high fructose corn syrup = drug. period.

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 17:27 | 2448906 robertocarlos
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A woman explained to me 35 years ago that sugar was as bad as heroin. I didn't believe her. Maybe she was right.

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