Type 2 Diabetes Guide

What Causes Diabetes, and How Can You Lower Your Risk?

Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem. Modern lifestyle choices have caused a . ? Here are a few of the more common causes.

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  • Poor diet. An over-consumption of high-carbohydrate foods are thought to contribute to the development of diabetes. This includes diets high in refined or processed foods and sweets, while low in healthier choices like fresh whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Convenience foods, including fast foods, are easier to prepare for busy people and are relatively cheap to buy.

  • Sedentary lifestyle. The modern world makes it all too easy to avoid exercise. Exercise is key to regulating blood sugar levels and regular exercise is necessary for optimal health. Most of us rely heavily on cars or public transport instead of walking or biking to work, for example... and an obsession with modern electronics has replaced activities like gardening, or going for a walk or a bike ride.

  • Being . Extra fat contributes to , which in turn can eventually develop into diabetes.

  • Being older. Diabetes is more common in people age 50 or older (although it can occur at any age, and is unfortunately being diagnosed more and more in children).

  • Genetics. It's believed that there is a where it's more likely to develop diabetes if someone in your family has it too.

It should also be noted that while diabetes can affect your lifestyle in a pretty major way, it can also lead to additional such as and .

You can now that you know what causes diabetes. If you haven't already done so, start making healthier food choices (a dietitian or nutritionist can assist you if you need help) and begin a regular exercise routine. Both a proper diet and exercise can make it easier to lose weight too. Visit your doctor and advise him if you have been experiencing any . And - many people are unaware they have the disease! Making your health a priority can help to prevent or delay a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.


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The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience, and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual situation should be directed to your doctor.