Two things happened you should know about: food got cheap and
work got easy.
Sounds simple when put like that, but it was enough to change the
world. Consider a personal example...
On my family's farm in Kansas, my grandfather's wheat crop was
considered good if it made 10 bushels to the acre. It was planted
largely by hand and harvested the same way. Bringing in the crop
took two weeks of back-breaking, sunrise-to-sunset labor.
Today, because of agricultural advances, that same bottom ground,
which is still in our family, can grow 70 bushels an acre. Bringing
in the wheat crop still takes nearly two weeks, but it's more
tedious than back-breaking. And now my family plants more than 10
times Grandpa's original quarter and still harvests it with half as
many people. That's helped the price of consumption plummet.
And because of the advances, I didn't have to hang around the farm
to get a job. I don't till the land or run cattle. I make a living
in an office, behind a desk. Most days I don't do anything more
physically strenuous than chew. I am productive, but I am
nevertheless effectively sedentary. I'm in nowhere near the shape
that Grandpa Ted was when he was my age, nor am I in as good a
shape as my family members who stayed on the farm. Like I said,
work got easy. They call it "progress."
My story isn't uncommon. In the early 20th century, the USDA says,
nearly half the country worked in agricultural production. Today,
it's less than 1%.
As the Chief Strategist behind
, I'm always on the lookout for what I call "game-changing"
situations. These are instances where a major shift is taking
place. I've found these shifts are usually accompanied by
spectacular opportunities to profit.
You just read about two game-changing shifts -- technology has
brought us both cheap food and easy work.
And that's leading to another shift... and an opportunity to
profit. Cheap food and easy work are the new reality. And
unfortunately, that means diabetes.
Fourteen million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease.
Another six million have it and don't know it, and -- astonishingly
-- another 41 million have pre-diabetes -- overtaxed metabolisms
combined with poor eating habits and a lack of exercise. Diabetes
in this country, and around the world, is a ticking time bomb.
Even now, the cost of the disease is already astronomical. The
American Diabetes Association (ADA) says the national cost of the
disease in the U.S. alone exceeded $174 billion in 2007. (Health
stats take forever to collect, so those three-year-old stats are
the best we have.) The ADA's estimate includes $116 billion in
medical costs like drugs and doctor's visits and hospitalizations,
and $58 billion from sick time. I've been a Type I diabetic
(juvenile onset, thought to be genetic) for 30 years. I can attest
to just how easily this disease can keep you from a day's work.
I wouldn't wish diabetes on anyone; I can tell you firsthand, it's
a lousy burden to carry. But from an investment standpoint, this
medical condition is just about perfect -- it has a huge and
growing patient base. Those patients can live a relatively normal
and long life, every day of which will require them to consume
diabetic supplies, and there is no cure on the immediate horizon.
Usually when I find game-changing opportunities, it's in a nascent
field. The discovery usually comes with plenty of small companies
sitting on the edge of a breakthrough -- think of how
Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX)
changed the game when it came to something as simple as renting a
But in the case of diabetes, many of the firms are larger.
Bristol-Myers Squibb (
Johnson & Johnson (
are working on potential blockbuster drugs called SGLT-2
makes the gold standard in insulin pumps and should see a nice bump
in business as the diabetes epidemic grows.
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