School Lunch According to a new study done by Lancet, black and hispanic kids have about a 50 percent chance of developing diabetes over the course of their lifetimes, and Americans overall have a 40 percent chance.

The study was done by epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they  used mortality data of 600,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011 to determine the risk that Americans face of developing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, categorized by race.

From Mother Jones:

The results revealed a substantial difference in risk levels between races. Dr. Edward Gregg, the lead author of the study, said that researchers analyzed race because that was the data available, but “socioeconomic status is probably as important as race, if not more important.”

The study also revealed a rise in diabetes risk overall between 1985 and 2011. That increase was “the main thing that surprised us,” Gregg said. In 1985, American boys had a 21 percent chance of developing diabetes, and girls had a 27 percent risk. By 2011, that risk had jumped to 40 percent for both boys and girls. This risk was partly (and somewhat counterintuitively) due to the fact that people are living longer, meaning a person has more years during which he or she could develop diabetes.

On a positive note, children diagnosed with diabetes can now expect to live more than 70 years with the disease.

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  • This doesn’t surprise me — and this is mainly due to the Low-Fat diet that the U.S. keeps pushing with grains/corn/soy as the mainstay of the diet. Most Latinos and African Americans are predisposed to be insulin resistant due to genetics. However, insulin resistance is reversible and can be thwarted through a Low Carb Diet or getting rid of grains altogether. However, the government is in bed with the Agricultural Industrial Complex whose interest they look out for through the FDA rather the health of the public. That is why they have demonized any Low Carb Diet that has touted results through misinformation. For the most part, people need to wake up. Even food such as lunch meats have hidden sugar in it. The more processed the food, the worse it is for your health (a mother recently saw how an ice cream sandwich from Walmart didn’t melt after eight hours in the sun due to an emulsifying ingredient). In this day and age, you have to make almost everything from scratch.

    • omfg

      Grains have been the basis of people’s diets for thousands of years.

      The Maya believe they are children of corn. They believe in a corn god. Corn is literally who they are. What do u think they eat in mexico and central america?

      People the world over have consumed wheat, rice, corn, potatoes, barley, etc. forever yet they didn’t have diabetes.

      Starches/carbs helped build the greatest civilizations the world has known.

      If the low carb diet has been demonized, it’s because of all of the scientific evidence that disproves this diet as disease fighting.. Your argument has little scientific grounding.

    • It comes down to insulin resistance. Some people are more predispose to insulin resistance versus others which means some people cannot handle as many carbohydrates as others (It comes down to genetics). Anything with sugar whether in the form of sucrose, fructose, monosaccharides will increase the blood sugar and therefore will increase insulin. The purpose of insulin is to enable cells to utilize sugar in the form of energy. If there is excess sugar in the blood, it is converted to fat. The fat is either adipose or visceral. Of the two types of fat, visceral, is the least desired because it surrounds the organs as opposed to adipose which is outside the muscle tissue. Protein and fat does not have as much as an effect on raising the blood sugar as carbohydrates. As for indigenous diets, not all diets are the same and have been based on the availability of food in the region. A number of anthropologists have studied the diets of ancient civilizations who have consumed such food (Egyptian) and found that many of those civilizations have suffered from some of the same modern diseases that we have today such as tooth decay. Try as you may, but actually your argument has little scientific grounding. Broccoli and any other vegetable are essentially carbohydrates such as wheat, rice, corn, and potatos. However, it you compare that Broccoli to the other carbohydrates that have been listed you will find that it is more “Nutrient” dense than the others. Moreover, there ARE reports of the prevalence of diabetes in other countries — particularly in China and Japan where white rice is staple. So my point is that a significant number of people would do well on a Low Carb diet or a paleodiet if they are insulin resistant or have a family history of diabetes. However, even if a person does not have an issue with carbohydrates, they could simply replace many grains with fruits, vegetables, and starch vegetables. There are actually a number research supporting Low-Carb Diet versus Low Fat High Carbohydrate diets — and I am not just talking about websites, but peer review journal papers. So next time you write a post, please do your own research before calling someone out.

  • Such studies have been in existence for a young time. We have to learn about family histories too, because if our relatives have it, then we can take precautions now as a
    way to decrease our chances of having diabetes. Regardless, we should eat healthier and exercise for building our immune system, our bodies in general, and our intellect as human beings. Big Agra and Big Pharma advance many unhealthy foods all of the time. We have seen the growth of independent farms, organic foods, and localized markets that seek to bring more choices for consumers. Not to mention that this is a socioeconomic matter too. Richer communities have greater access to healthier foods than poorer communities and that must change as well.