It would be pretty accurate to call Type 2 Diabetes the "Processed Food Disease"
Nearly 50% of adults living in the U.S. have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a costly disease in the U.S, racking up an estimated 245 billion in 2012, related to consumption and utilization of health care resources as well as lost productivity, according to the researchers in the study. Nearly 71,000 persons die annually due to complications associated with diabetes, based on recent statistics from the American Diabetes Association. A CDC study published in 2014 noted that 29 million persons in the U.S. had diabetes, with 86 million classified as having pre-diabetes–nearly a third of the U.S. adult population. During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 1,500 American soldiers lost a limb in combat. During that same period, 1.5 million Americans lost a limb in surgical amputation due to Type 2 diabetes.
There has been a sharp increase in Type 2 Diabetes during the same time period that processed foods have exploded in the Western Diet. Processed foods are the largest uncontrolled experiment ever unleashed on humanity. The processed food industry treats us like guinea pigs. For a quick primer on this subject, watch this video by Dr. Robert Lustig called Processed Food: The Experiment that Failed:
The leading marker for processed food is added sugar. Growing scientific evidence shows that eating too much added sugar is linked to serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and liver disease. The UCSF SugarScience.Org site has established a comprehensive review of more than 8,000 scientific studies on the health impacts of sugar. The strongest research is summarized on the SugarScience.Org site.