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This month Dr. Laura Ruby will be blogging on the topic of “Diabesity.” I have seen her passion on this topic and it is of major importance to the future health of ALL developed nations. Here is a little of her first post.

What is Diabesity?

Diabesity is a comprehensive term that represents the most challenging health care epidemic ever seen by Americans and affects more than 1.7 billion people globally. The word Diabesity  was created to represent the exploding epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.  I love the term Diabesity because from a conceptual standpoint, it targets the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes well before the individual is formally diagnosed.  Diabesity encompasses the continuum of progressive insulin resistance from optimal metabolism and blood sugar control to full-blown type 2 diabetes. 

Current medical guidelines are not working

By our current medical standard of care, you are not considered “diabetic” until your fasted glucose reaches 126 or above.  Not to mention that the average delay in diagnosing type 2 diabetes by this standard ranges from 4 – 10 years!  By the time you are diagnosed, you have already burned out 50 – 80% of the beta cells in your pancreas that secrete insulin, and most likely have other complications associated with the disease.  The current diagnostic criteria for diagnosing diabetes is arbitrary at best and completely misses the fact that type 2 diabetes is driven by environmental and lifestyle choices that lead to insulin resistance and belly fat.   Think about it.  Do you really think having a fasted blood sugar of 120 is any different than 126? It gives you the “false allusion” that you are “safe” since you do not actually have type 2 diabetes by the current diagnostic criteria. To read the rest and see the startling numbers go to: http://drlauraruby.com/inflammation-and-chronic-disease/diabesity-our-most-challenging-health-epidemic-yet/

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