By J.D. Heyes

With obesity on the rise in America, the incidence of diabetes has also climbed dramatically, and this is especially true, unfortunately, among our youth.

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012 – the latest year for which data is available – 29.1 million Americans, or about 9.3% of the population, had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Of those, about 1.25 million children had the most severe of the two, type 1.

The ADA says that about 1.4 million Americans per year are diagnosed with diabetes. In 2012, an astounding number of Americans – 86 million – had “pre-diabetes,” that is, were at high risk of developing the disease.

Of the 29.1 million, 8.1 million had yet to be diagnosed, and that’s likely because many of them do not know the signs and symptoms. Along those lines, below are some of the most common ones that you should be on the lookout for, but first, some general information about diabetes, who is more likely to develop it and what you can do to help prevent it:


Broadly speaking, how you live your life may or may not serve as a major contributor to diabetes. Persons who live a more sedentary life – that is, one that involves little day-to-day physical activity – are more at risk for developing the disease. In fact, researchers have long known that more physical activity in the form of regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep diabetes at bay, as a means of combating obesity.

“Studies have found that lifestyle changes and small amounts of weight loss in the range of 5-10% can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults,” says “Lifestyle interventions including diet and moderate to intense physical activity (such as walking for 150 minutes per week) were used in these studies to produce small amounts of weight loss. The development of diabetes was reduced by 40% to 60% during these studies, which lasted three to six years.”


Diet goes right along with exercise. Today, our high-starch, GMO-laden, chemical-ridden, unnatural, unorganic, pre-packaged, pre-processed diets are literally killing us via an epidemic of obesity.

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than one-third of Americans, or 35.7%, are considered “obese,” while an astounding 68.8% are considered overweight or obese. According to, almost 90% of people suffering from type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.


In some instances, medications that you’re taking for an unrelated condition can lead to higher blood sugar. In fact, has identified 390 drugs that have been associated with causing higher blood sugars in some patients.

Some of the more common classes include barbiturates, thiazide-type diuretics, birth control pills and other oral contraceptives, progesterone, catecholamines, decongestants that contain beta-adrenergics like pseudoephedrine and the B vitamin niacin, though the risk that niacin poses decreases after you’ve taken it for a few months.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

— Dry mouth; chronic thirst
— Constant hunger
— Frequent urination
— Dry, itchy skin
— Difficulty concentrating
— Excessive abdominal fat gain/weight gain
— Daily fatigue or extreme tiring
— Slow healing of cuts
— Impotence
— Nerve problems
— Stomach problems

As Natural News has reported, several foods and superfoods have been found to help combat and prevent diabetes. Here are a few of them:


Kidney, navy, pinto, black and other beans are higher in calories than many other foods, but they also contain many nutrients and lots of fibre.

Dark, leafy greens

Spinach, kale and collard greens are all very high in nutrients and low in carbs.

Citrus fruits

Whole fruits are better than juices because processed fruit juices contain lots of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, contributors to diabetes, while whole fruit contains healthful dietary fibre.