by Marion Nestle
Jun 11 2013

NYC Health Department: one New Yorker dies of diabetes every 90 minutes

The NYC Health Department goes to court at noon today for a hearing on the 16-ounce soda cap (I’ll be there).

Yesterday, it released alarming data on diabetes deaths, now at an all-time high.

The press release notes that although NYC’s overall deaths are going down,  diabetes-related deaths are going up.

The deaths are highest in low-income communities.

In April, the Health Department reported that nearly 650,000 New York adults have diabetes, an increase of 200,000 in a decade.   Most of these are due to type 2 diabetes, the “adult” kind.

Why?  Obesity.

Although a small percentage of overweight people develop type 2 diabetes, most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

Losing weight is the first thing to do to prevent or treat type 2 diabetes.

Reducing intake of sugary sodas is the first thing to do to lose weight.

That is why the health department wants to reduce the portion sizes of sugary drinks at food service establishments.

Today’s court hearing should be interesting. Stay tuned.

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  • Mike

    Obesity is a symptom of diabetes, not a cause.

    Type 2 Diabetes is an insulin-management metabolic disorder. Insulin response in the body is driven by food with a high glycemic index — in other words, sugars and refined carbs / starches.

    It’s not about losing weight, it’s about reducing refined carbohydrate consumption — especially sugars.

    The havoc wrought on the body’s metabolic processes from the meteoric rise in sugar and refined carb consumption largely explains the metabolic syndrome: obesity (carbs drive insulin which drives fat accumulation), heart disease (high triglycerides / low HDL), and type 2 diabetes (the body’s insulin regulating systems just can’t cope with all that sugar).

    Again, obsesity is a symptom of the problem, not a cause.

  • chuck

    AMEN Mike…all calories are not created equal.

  • Michael Bulger

    CDC: “Being overweight can keep your body from making and using insulin properly…”

    Research has show that moderating weight (i.e., not overconsuming calories of any kind) reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

  • M

    Why harp on negative choices and come up with a bunch of wimpy reasons why it’s impossible to win by promoting the positives?

    Focus counter-obesity/diabetes messaging around science or the longterm consequences of a poor diet, and it’ll never work to the extent that it should.

    Try yanking funds from scare ads, and invest in programming that’s actually attuned to the audience.

  • Peggy Holloway

    I intended to comment on this article, but Mike said it all.
    The diabetes scourge will never end and will continue to escalate until the medical establishment understands what Mike has articulated so well and start prescribing strict low-carbohydrate, high-fat diets for everyone with elevated fasting blood glucose levels.

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  • Maureen Beach

    When it comes to obesity, all calories count, not just calories from one specific source. It’s also misleading to suggest that reducing or eliminating one specific food, drink, or ingredient from the diet will lower one’s risk of type 2 diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, many risk factors play a part including age, genetics, and obesity:

    -Maureen Beach, American Beverage Association

  • chuck

    @maureen and bulger

    you are right, the big organizations seem to have it all figured out (eye roll). we should trust them unconditionally…their advice seems to be working.

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