Diabetes is ravaging New Mexico. Twelve percent of residents suffer from the condition – up from less than 5 percent in 1990. It was the sixth-leading cause of death last year.
Federal guidelines and common conceptions about a “healthy diet” are partly to blame for these statistics. For years, people concerned about their health have been taught to reduce fat and increase carbohydrates, especially complex carbohydrates. But new research shows that these guidelines are not optimal for diabetics. It’s time to move away from these recommendations and begin promoting diets that may better improve health for people with diabetes.
Diabetes is dangerous. People with the condition are two to four times more likely to have a stroke or develop cardiovascular disease than those without it. The condition can also result in blindness, limb amputation and kidney failure.
Moreover, the disease is tremendously expensive to treat. Every year, diabetes and prediabetes cost New Mexico $2 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.