What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-08-11 10:43:16 -0500
Started 2011-08-04 13:08:38 -0500

Here is a little helpful information for anyone who wonders about "What causes Type 2 Diabetes?"

To understand diabetes, we need to understand something about blood sugar. Our blood contains some sugar - this is normal.

The level of sugar in our blood is lowest in the morning before eating, and rises after eating from the sugar we digest. Although it goes up and down throughout the day, a body that is healthy will regulate the level of sugar in the blood so that it remains within a narrow range.

It's necessary for the body to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood, because too little sugar (known as hypoglycemia) makes you lethargic, can cause unconsciousness, and may even result in brain damage. Unfortunately, there is an ever increasing level of people who are hypoglycemic in America.

The opposite, too much sugar in the blood (hyperglycemia), is also dangerous, because if it's sustained it causes damage to the kidneys, eyes and nervous system.

So why don't we all get hyperglycemic after eating?

The answer is one of our body's little helpers: insulin!

Insulin is a hormone that decreases blood sugar, preventing it from getting too high.
However, some peopleis bodies either don't produce enough insulin, or are abnormally resistant to what it does, and this is the disease that we call diabetes.

People can get diabetes either as children, or later in life, as adults.
When people get diabetes as adults, it can be due in part to their lifestyle.

A sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, and eating a diet that is high in fat and low in fiber puts you at higher risk of developing diabetes as an adult, particularly after your 40th birthday.




12 replies

jules56 2011-08-06 14:59:13 -0500 Report

@tomecom I agree with you 100%!!!! And this is why I no longer eat any meat… I do eat some fish and I use only soy or almond milk… I am type 2 and the only type 2 in my family that I know of. my son is type 1 and has had a pancreas problem since he was a toddler. I remember all the food we ate as kids and it is nothing like today. I am trying to retro back to then as far as my eating habits. However I have gained weight since I found out becoming diabetic 3 yrs ago. Not happy with this concept. I will have to look into the hormone Leptin…

TF Wild Irish Rose
TF Wild Irish Rose 2011-08-11 10:43:16 -0500 Report

Not sure if it helps any, but I am a type 2 also - was told at age 30 to prepare myself to being a diabetic by age 40 - I beat that one as I was 46 before I started having problems. I have had a long road of fighting the scale. I was at one time a few years back up to a size 18/20 that was getting tight. I decided then I was not going to go to the next size up. I has taken me several years to get rid of all those extra pounds I did not need. Did not gain it in a day - did not get rid of it in a day. I have tried all sorts of diets and lost weight but gained it back and then some when I stopped whatever diet it was. My Dr and I set the goal of a size 10 not to go below a size 8 - at age 50 I am proud to say I am finally there.
How did I do it? Simple - I quit stepping on the scale, I go for a walk at least once a day to clear my head, read the label and follow the portion size most of the time, limit soda to 1 a week at the most if any - I drink a sugar free flavored water instead, stopped doing fast food but do allow myself once or twice a month without feeling guilty or berating myself for it, eat more freesh fruit and veggies and most important is if I am craving something I eat it in moderation.
Eat when you are hungry - take the time to sit down and enjoy what you are eating - use spices to flavor up your food - and stop when you start feeling full.
The key is moderation - no matter what those around you may say, you can have your cake and eat it too - just not the whole cake or every day.
I feel great - I am in better physical shape than I have been in years - I have gotten a lot of compliemnts from people I have known for years.
The goal now is stay at this size and to work on toning up my abs.
I am not a twig or model and never will be - looking at my weight numbers for my height, I am very overweight (depressing) - if I were to follow the charts at my grand height of 5' I should be 105 to 110 - there is no way I will ever be there again in this life time.
It is all about liking the skin you are in and muscle weighs more than fat. Pick a realistic clothing size you feel great in for your age and physical build and use that as your goal - skip the scales.
Every time you see your refleciton tell yourself you are beautiful because you are.

SlatonLeo 2011-08-06 10:11:43 -0500 Report

You are so right; in so many ways we were better off 100 years ago. We were more active because of our vocations and it was also necessary for life to survive if you did not want to starve. If we as a whole could go back to living that way we would be much better off.
To know what we know today and live the life of a 100 years ago. I would for one welcome it.

tomecom 2011-08-06 09:15:28 -0500 Report

I have read that there are several causes. One is viral, which occurs when the conditions are right, another is genetics (predisposition), and the rest are changes in our lifestyle over the past 100 years.
100 years ago our ancestors ate eggs, bacon, whole milk, butter, bread, meat and potatoes with gravy and many other items that today are linked to dietary no-no's. Yet there were very few diabetics and chronic diseases during that time.
What has changed is we started processing flour, we went from organic farms to conglomerate farming, we started pasteurizing and homogenizing dairy, we started feeding cattle corn mash and are now giving them growth hormones, and antibiotics, we began processing sugar and salt, and we began to produce processed foods that contain preservatives, and additives (food coloring, texture enhancers, and other additives to improve taste).
Processed flour creates a substance that is void of nutrients and acts like pure sugar in the body. The bleaching of flour creates a chemical in the flour called Alloxan which is a chemical that scientists inject into rats to make them diabetic. It kills beta cells in the pancreas. Conglomerate farming has depleted the soil of nutrients, and has introduced herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Genetic altering of seeds now produce large crops that have less than half the nutrients. Table salt is process to extract important minerals, which leaves a substance that is essentially worthless in the body, and food processors are using it in massive amounts. Processed sugar leaves a substance that the body can no longer digest or utilize properly, and food processors are using it in massive amounts. Fructose corn syrup was developed which is now used in nearly every food item. In 1970 it took two years to grass feed cattle and bring them to market. Today cattle never leave a barn, are fed a corn mash that would ultimately kill them, and they are fed antibiotics and growth hormones to fatten them and bring them to market in as little as 6 months. The growth hormones are causing our children to reach puberty at the age of 8. The antibiotics are causing a serious reduction in beneficial bacteria, which has serious consequences to our immune system. The meat products are injected with preservatives and food coloring (nitrates and nitrites).
The additives and preservatives in our processed foods are now called AGE's by scientists. AGE's promote inflammation which is the root cause of diabetes and over 30 chronic diseases. Genetics decide which chronic disease we get. Sodas are produced with distilled water which strips our body of vital trace minerals, and they contain food coloring (a carcinogen), and phosphoric acid which depletes our body of calcium. Homogenization of milk reduces the fat particles to minute sizes which are quickly absorbed, not digested, and which cause lesions in our vascular system. Scientists argue about this, but is is a known fact that heart disease has skyrocketed in all countries that are homogenizing milk.
It is no wonder that we are seeing an explosion of chronic diseases including diabetes. We are eating pro-oxidant rich, antioxidant void diets that are laced with numerous chemicals or chemically altered to our detriment.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-08-05 10:20:42 -0500 Report

According to the Journal of Medicine of the Republic of the Congo in South America, it has been proven that the use of sunscreen is the major cause of Type 2 Diabetes.

jayabee52 2011-08-06 06:22:48 -0500 Report

I know you're funnin us Jim. Republic of Congo is in South east Asia, not South America! LoL!

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