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Record rise in insulin use as experts say wake-up call needed over growing obesity epidemic

Published on February 10, 2014,

More worrying news from Great Britain (which is no doubt being reflected elsewhere) as the Mail reports insulin use has trebled over the last 20 years, driven by high rates of obesity-linked type 2 diabetes…

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Image courtesy of Ohmega1982 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Experts analysed data from patient prescriptions to find a huge increase between 1991 and 2010 in the use of insulin, particularly among people with type 2, which is linked to unhealthy lifestyles.

The number of people using insulin overall trebled from 136,800 in 1991 to 421,300 in 2010.

For those with type 2 diabetes, the number using insulin rocketed almost eight-fold from 37,000 in 1991 to 277,400 in 2010.

In 1991, more people using insulin had type 1 diabetes than had type 2 diabetes (98,400 versus 37,000), the research also found.

By 2010, this situation had reversed, and 134,900 had type 1 while 277,400 had type 2 diabetes.

The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and was led by a team of academics from Cardiff University and the University of Bristol…

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A seven-fold increase in insulin use for Type 2 diabetes in twenty years – that’s really not good is it. Yet still the authorities won’t admit they might have been given us all the wrong advice…

Video: Robert Lustig – Fat Chance: Fructose 2.0

Published on October 28, 2013,

University of California TV has released a video of a new lecture by Dr Robert Lustig, author of Fat Chance, returning to the theme and location of his original viral video hit “Sugar, The Bitter Truth” for an updated version. It runs for nearly 90 minutes but is highly recommended for his thoughts on sugar, diabetes, obesity, metablic syndrome, leptin, insulin, processed food and much, much more…

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You can see the original video, Sugar The Bitter Truth, which now has close to 4 million views, here:

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Diabetes Timebomb Warning Over Doubling In Cases In Two Decades

Published on October 2, 2013,

The UK media is reporting that Britain is “sleepwalking into a public health disaster” with a predicted doubling in the numbers suffering from diabetes within two decades being announced in new forecasts from a diabetes charity. This is from the UK’s Telegraph newspaper…

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Forecasts from the charity Diabetes UK warn that 5 million people are expected to develop the disease by 2025 – twice the number recorded just five years ago.

The vast majority of sufferers have Type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles.

The charity said the NHS was already under “huge strain” with 10 per cent of its budget now spent on treating the disease.

More than 70,000 deaths a year occur among those suffering from the condition – one in seven of all deaths.

Patients with Type 2 diabetes are 36 per cent more likely to die in any given year than those of the same age without the condion.

An ICM poll of 1,000 people for Diabetes UK found that just 13 per cent of people were aware that the condition increased the risk of death. Less than one in three were aware of other major complications of the disease, which can cause blindness, amputations, heart attacks and strokes.

Around 85 per cent of diabetes sufferers have Type 2, which can be helped by exercise and an improved diet. Such patient do not produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce does not work properly.

Experts believe the vast majority of such cases could be prevented by a healthy lifestyle…

Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: “You only have to spend five minutes talking to someone who has lost their sight or has lost a leg as a result of Type 2 diabetes to realise the devastating impact the condition can have.”…

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