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Half of Americans have diabetes or a high risk for it — and many of them are unaware

Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and ... diabetes. That's right. The metabolic condition is about as American as you can get, according to a new national report card on diabetes released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Dr. Barry Sears

Actually, the percentage who have diabetes is 9.5% and those with pre-diabetes is 34%.  Add the two together, and it is still a lot.  Diabetes will be the disease that breaks the back of the American health care system since once you get diabetes you are four times more likely to develop heart disease and twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s.  Your best treatment is the diet.  This is why the both diet recommended by the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Zone Diet is essentially the same.

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