The Alliance for Natural Health reported that the CDC estimates that there will be 140 million diabetics in this country in 40 years, and according to Life Extension estimates, more than 75% of adults over the age of 40 have pre-diabetes, and many have no idea. The problem is that the ADA recommends conventional screening tests that are not very sensitive in detecting the disorder, and prescribes dietary recommendations that do not sufficiently limit high glycemic foods, which results in poor control and more complications (kidney, blindness, heart attacks, strokes, etc.). Gluten sensitivity, allergies, pollutants, and vitamin D deficiency are also major factors that are usually not addressed. Patients should be tested with a HBA1C (normal <5.6) and a blood sugar fasting and 1 hour after a meal (normal < 85 and < 125 respectively). If these tests are abnormal, they indicate insulin resistance. A low carb diet is essential for good control, and an alternative doc can prescribe supplements if needed.
See ANH-USA, June 7, 2011.