Lifestyle factors that can cause type II diabetes

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Lifestyle factors that can cause type II diabete

Lifestyle factors that can cause type II diabete

Type II diabetes is a lifestyle disease and several lifestyle factors are known to cause Type II diabetes. In addition heredity also plays a major role in Type II diabetes. Each of these factors is detailed below:

Genetics

If close relatives have Type II diabetes then the chances of developing the disease increases drastically when compared to the general population. Studies have been conducted on various genes that are thought to cause the disease, but results have varied across ethnic groups. Genes that influence fat metabolism are thought to play a major role in Type II diabetes. The role of genetics in Type II diabetes is much higher than that for Type II diabetes.

Ethnicity

It is found that Asians, Africans and Hispanics are more prone to Type II diabetes thus pointing to a possible link between ethnicity and diabetes.

Stress

Although stress may not directly cause diabetes, it can cause diabetes symptoms to appear in a pre-diabetic person. It can also aggravate the disease in someone who already suffers from diabetes. The adrenaline hormone released in a typical stressful situation is known to impair the function of insulin thus resulting in elevated blood glucose levels. Even physical stress caused by an illness or severe pain such as after a surgery can cause the typical stress response and cause an increase blood sugar.

Physical Inactivity

A sedentary lifestyle is known to cause diabetes. This combined with obesity is one of the major risk factors of diabetes. In fact studies have shown that people with diabetes typically eat much more, are fatter and have a less active lifestyle than their own siblings.

Obesity

A body mass index higher than 30 is a sure sign of impending diabetes. The heavier the body, the higher is the energy requirements of the cells. The pancreas keeps producing additional insulin till one day it just tires out and stops working. This will lead to an increase in blood sugar levels as the cells are no longer able to convert that into energy. Childhood obesity is also known to cause diabetes at a later stage in life.

Smoking

Frequent smoking is another cause of Type II diabetes. Smoking is found to increase fasting glucose levels and some studies have shown that smokers have almost a 50% increased chance of developing diabetes than non smokers. In addition smoking can also aggravate the symptoms in a diabetic patient as it increases the chances of high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure which are harmful to a diabetic patient.

Diet

A fat and carbohydrate rich diet can cause diabetes and increase the risk factors in patients already suffering from the disease.

Alcohol

A high dose of alcohol can also be a cause of Type II diabetes. Heavy alcohol use can lead to lever diseases which in turn can cause obesity and thus lead to Type II diabetes.

Age

Type II diabetes usually manifests itself after the age of 45, although it can be seen rarely in younger people too. Age is a major risk factor of Type II diabetes and affects more than 10% of world population above the age of 65.

In Utero Malnutrition

Although not proven, some studies point to a possible relationship between malnutrition while being in the mother’s womb and development of Type II diabetes later in life. It is suspected that in utero malnutrition may interfere with beta cell development in the pancreas.

In addition to these factors, other conditions such as use of certain medicines can trigger diabetic like symptoms known as secondary diabetes. Gestational diabetes is caused when a person is pregnant and is found to disappear once the baby is born. However, people who suffer from gestational diabetes are more prone to develop Type II diabetes at a later stage. During pregnancy insulin sensitivity is lowered because of the action of placental hormones. Repeated pregnancies may increase the chances of developing diabetes especially in overweight and obese women.

Advances in molecular genetics have helped to identify some specific and clinically recognizable forms of diabetes. However these subtypes of diabetes such as maturity onset diabetes of the young more commonly known as MODY are less common and contribute to just 5% of cases.

It is important to note that diabetes is not a contagious disease. Thus a person suffering from diabetes cannot pass it on to people who come into contact with them. It is a lifestyle disease without any cure; however with careful management one can control the symptoms of the disease and lead a healthy life.

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Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Diabetes | 0 comments

Type 1 Diabetes For DummiesWhether you have been living with type 1 diabetes for some time, or you have just discovered that your child is diabetic, there’s a lot you need to know about the new developments in treating, controlling, and living with this disease. Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies, explains everything you need to know and do to make living with type 1 diabetes easier and healthier.

This reassuring, plain-English guide helps you understand and mange the disease with tips on working with your doctor, administering insulin, developing a diet an exercise plan, and coping with illness and travel. You’ll find out about the latest technologies of blood glucose monitoring and insulin delivery, and get a handle on everything you need to do to keep yourself or your child healthy, active, and feeling good. Discover how to:

  • Overcome short-term complications
  • Eat a diabetes-friendly diet
  • Use exercise to help control type 1 diabetes
  • Handle school, work, and other activities
  • Help your child maintain a high quality of life
  • Prevent long-term complications
  • Be healthier than your friends who don’t have diabetes
  • Deal with the emotional and psychological effects of the disease
  • Choose an insulin pump for yourself or your child
  • Calculate insulin dosages

Anyone can live a long, healthy, and productive life with type 1 diabetes. Small Type 1 Diabetes For Dummies delivers every drop of information you need to make sure that you or your child can do just that.

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Death to Diabetes: The Six Stages of Type 2 Diabetes Control & Reversal

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Diabetes | 0 comments

Death to DiabetesThis book explains the 4 major root causes of Type 2 diabetes and how to properly control and reverse the disease. This is based on an easy-to-follow, systematic 6-stage process, 200 clinical studies/medical references, and the experience of an ex-diabetic engineer. This book will help you learn how to: Retrain your body to increase its glucose uptake and utilization of insulin, using 5 key nutrients; Avoid the 7 most common mistakes that diabetics make; Save time and money in preparing nutritious meals that lower glucose levels; Enjoy exercise in less time while increasing glucose uptake and energy level; Use your blood glucose test results to reduce your insulin resistance; Enjoy your favorite foods without increasing your glucose level; Select quality nutritional supplements based on 7 key criteria; Determine the 8 core nutritional supplements for most diabetics and the 4 critical nutrients to optimize exercise results; Use the wellness protocols to prevent, control or reverse problems with the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart; and, lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and homocysteine; Control appetite and eliminate food cravings; Program your body to burn fat and lose weight (fat) permanently; Use your inner spirit to reduce your stress and improve your physical and mental health; and, Work with your doctor to safely wean yourself off the drugs. In addition, this book defines the 5 super foods, the 5 “dead” foods, a Super Meal Model and the 8 “living” elements (activities) ,all designed to work synergistically to reduce insulin resistance, increase glucose uptake, burn fat, and repair the sick cells.

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The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Diabetes | 0 comments

The Mediterranean Diabetes CookbookThe Mediterranean style of cooking has been medically proven to be good for people with diabetes and for good reason.

Rich in heart-healthy fiber, nutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, this delicious diet of fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole-grains can help lower blood pressure and risk for heart disease all beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes.

Based on traditional recipes from Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and many other Mediterranean countries, this collection of delicious meals provides a time-tested tradition of healthy eating.

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What is diabetes?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Diabetes | 0 comments

What is diabetes?

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease caused by a deficiency or lack of use of insulin, leading to an excess of sugar in the blood. Produced by the pancreas, insulin is a hormone that allows glucose (sugar) in food from being used by cells of the human body. The cells have all the energy they need to function.

If insulin is insufficient or if it does not fulfill its role properly, as is the case in diabetes, glucose (sugar) can not be used to fuel cells. It accumulates in the blood and is then released into the urine. Over time, high blood sugar caused by excessive glucose in the blood causes some complications, including the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart and blood vessels.

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