What is type 2 diabetes? This is the most common type diabetes. It usually tend to afflict adults in their forties.It begins as insulin resistance which is shown by your body’s requirement for more insulin to regulate the levels of blood glucose.
Insulin resistance may be inherited or induced by certain medical conditions such as metabolic syndrome, infection or severe illness, obesity, pregnancy and stress. The most common cause is related to a condition called insulin insensitivity. You can get better by eliminating insulin resistance or worsen by altogether ignoring the problem.Some people have also said that fast foods can cause obesity which eventually can lead to diabetes. It appears that obesity can cause other health problems as well as diabetes.
Obesity,insulin and diet are related. Just to demonstrate that there may be a genetic link to this disease, it has been established that the Aborigines in Canada have a higher likelihood that they will develop type 2 diabetes than other Canadians. Although this disease is associated with adults even children in this ethnic group are being diagnosed with it. If you are Asian, Hispanic, South Asian or of African descent, you have a higher chance of developing the disease than other people.
If insulin resistance is allowed to continue without interruption for a long time it will cause damage to several systems as well as cells of the pancreas that produce insulin. Very often damage may continue until the person develops full blown Type 2 diabetes. Eventually they may move forward to the point where the pancreas is unable to make enough insulin.
You will not find a single factor which could be the cause of type 2 diabetes although in all cases of diabetes blood sugar levels are increased. We have risk factors which place a person to a greater risk. They are as follows:
If you are female and had gestational diabetes; If you are a female you and you have had a baby weighing 9 lb at birth; You are overweight and have belly fat; You have a parent who has diabetes; You have high blood pressure; You have high cholesterol or trglyrides in the blood You belong to high-risk ethnic group; You have attained age 40 or olde.
Is there prevention of diabetes?.You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by including physical activity into your lifestyle.A strong connection between Type 2 diabetes and belly fat has been demonstrated. If you have a lot of belly fat or are obese you will have a greater risk of developing insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
It is interesting to note that some patients may not appear to be overweight but they may have a lot of internal belly fat which could place them at risk of developing the disease .Studies have demonstrated excess fat around the visceral organs using special imaging tests of the abdomen. This could mean that if you are concerned about your health, you should look for ways to decrease your belly fat so that you can decrease extent of insulin insensitivity.
Remember some people are not motivated to change their life style until the disease strikes.When they discover the seriousness of their conditions they panic but it could be too late. There are many ways for preventing diabetes or delaying it. Firstly you will need to lose weight as well as belly fat to maintain your correct weight. This may be the hardest thing to do as it will require a change in your lifestyle but it is the most important. It will require that you increase physical activity. You may want to go to a gym or even begin walking. You could buy a pedometer to help you evaluate the extent of your physical activity
Secondly you will need to limit sugar and fat intake as these two will have an impact on your body weight. Click here to read more about sugar. You will also want to limit your consumption of foods with high glycemic index
Without a well balanced meal it will be difficult to stay healthy.Use diabetes control diet which requires that you eat regular, balanced meals by mixing low glycemic index with medium glycemic index foods.
Watch over your blood pressure and keep your cholesterol and triglycerides within the target level. If you take exercise and diet seriously you may not need to use drugs.