According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 110 million Americans have either pre-diabetes (86 million) or diabetes (26 million). Once you have pre-diabetes, you have about 15-20 years before you become diabetic. After you have diabetes, you are 3-4 times more likely to get a heart attack and twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Your best “drug” to reverse all of these is an anti-inflammatory diet.
What are the early signs of diabetes? The symptoms of type 1 tend to come on suddenly, and may include irritability and mood changes, increased thirst and urination, fatigue and extreme hunger. With type 2, however, the symptoms are more gradual. “It’s not like someone wakes up one day and they’re a full-blown diabetes patient,” explains Dr. Fink.