According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States--8.3% of the population--have diabetes (90-95% are type 2). This includes 18.8 million who are diagnosed and 7 million who are "undiagnosed." And, if that weren't bad enough, the ADA estimates that there are also 79 million so-called "prediabetics" in this country. Much more statistical information--and some elucidation of the dubious methodology behind it is available here.
Why dubious? At best, these widely touted statistics are pedal to the metal extrapolations from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, which examines "a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 persons each year." Given the mind-boggling complexity of human pathophysiology, does anyone actually believe that such a small sample could produce meaningful results?......To Read More…..