What Causes Diabetes, and How Can You Lower Your Risk?
Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem. Modern lifestyle choices have
caused a vast increase in
diabetes diagnoses. What causes diabetes?
Here are a few of the more common causes.
- 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 overweight
or obese. 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 kidney disease
and heart attack or stroke.
You can lower your risk of
developing the disease 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 signs of
diabetes. And get tested
- 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.
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.