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.
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