…according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the establishment is looking in all the wrong places for the solution. Action Alert!
The CDC report, which followed almost 6,000 people aged 12 to 34 from 2005 to 2016, demonstrates the shocking rise in prediabetes—where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. The report found that one in four young adults and one in five adolescents have prediabetes. As we detailed previously, this epidemic of diabetes is likely caused in large part by exposure to toxic substances like BPA, but the medical establishment is too busy recommending drugs for people with prediabetes to see the truth. Many drugs to treat diabetes are dangerous and the drug-makers are being sued by those who have been harmed. You can help us get these and other dangerous drugs off the market by visiting our Legal Center.
The rise in prediabetes in young people is new, as historically it has more commonly been middle-aged and older adults who begin to develop diabetes. Numbers are rising for older Americans too: we previously reported that one in three Americans are prediabetic. That is a lot of people, and it has Big Pharma salivating: $322 billion is already spent annually caring for people with diabetes and prediabetes.
The medical establishment is completely missing the mark in handling this epidemic of chronic illness. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has recommended diabetes drugs for prediabetic patients. It should come as no surprise that the list of the AACE’s corporate sponsors includes the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world: Novo Nordisk, Merck, Sanofi, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and many others.
As we reported recently, emerging research is elucidating the real cause of the diabetes epidemic: exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals like BPA and other toxins. This research even demonstrates that obesity is not necessarily a cause of diabetes: obese people in the bottom 10% of toxin load do not have an increased risk of diabetes; 30% of lean people with a high toxin load will develop diabetes. About 90% of diabetes cases could be attributed to the “massive increase in body load of toxins.” The worst chemicals are BPA, arsenic, phthalates, and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). What we need is not more drugs, but to limit our exposure to these dangerous substances to prevent the development of diabetes and obesity in the first place.
Some of the worst diabetes drugs have by now been taken off the market. But current diabetes drugs are still both ineffective and involve enormous risks, especially for the heart. Our Legal Center has an entire page dedicated to diabetes drugs that are the subject of legal action, and you can help us get these products off the market.
Action Alert! Write to Congress and the FDA and urge them to improve post-market safety surveillance of drugs. Please send your message immediately.