Whenever we hear statistics on diabetes and how itís reaching epidemic levels, those statistics refer to Type II or adult-onset diabetes and not Type I or juvenile-onset diabetes. Type II is the kind of diabetes thatís the result of lifestyle patterns and food choices. This particular type affects over 24 million Americans with more than an estimated 5.4 million people unaware that they have it. Type II diabetes is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. However, itís expected by 2010 to exceed both heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death due to the complications it creates.
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