Recently, the Archives of Internal Medicine stated that the annual cost for drugs to treat Diabetes has doubled to $12 billion dollars in the last six years. 7.8 percent of Americans have diabetes and that percentage is increasing. The rate of increase of Diabetes is at an epidemic level.
Many of us think of Diabetes as “that disease where you have to take insulin shots.” There is much more to it then that. Complications of diabetes include increased risks of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, amputations, dental disease, and others. The health costs to treat these conditions is astronomical. Not many people know about the Diabetes epidemic. However, Health Authorities have been talking about the “Diabetes Epidemic” for a long time- almost half a century!
It is a quiet epidemic which is now in its 46th year; is slowly and insidiously impacting millions of lives. The Diabetes epidemic shows no sign of slowing despite new advances in Diabetes drugs. It is already consuming large portions of the national health budgets of financially weaker countries. Mexico and Indonesia are having problems right now. India is probably next with their 40 million diabetics and counting.
Nobody truly understands that this epidemic has the power to demolish the medical infrastructures of some economically stronger, developed countries over the next 15 years. We think that if we can just get our diabetics to take their pills, then diet and exercise, all will be well. While this is probably true for the average diabetic, the fact is most diabetics will not follow any diet (and what diet to follow is a subject for another article).
The United States is the only country with a half century of credible diabetes statistics, and yet no one seems to be analyzing the data. If you look at the numbers- the 45-year rate of growth of USA diabetics starting in 1963 along with the United States Center for Disease Control statistic that says in 2007 cost of diabetes ($174 billion). If we continue at this pace, the cost will be approximately one trillion dollar by the year 2025. That isn’t so far away. If the next 15 years continue at this pace, many of the world’s health care systems will collapse financially.
However, there is a solution. Unfortunately, nobody seems to be noticing. The only new treatment that actually works clinically today, Adult Stem Cell therapy is being ignored. Stem cell treatment using Adult Stem Cells are effectively helping Diabetics now in small clinics in Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Costa Rica and a few other countries. However, it is on much too small a scale.
As more and more people realize the benefits of adult stem cells, the more lives will be saved. The question is will people recognize these benefits in time before the medical infrastructures of multiple countries collapse?