Type II diabetes is one of the most common diseases that affects thousands of persons all over the world and one of the ones that spreads the fastest as well. Although it is not contagious, it is considered to be the epidemic of the twenty-first century because it can have incapacitating consequences and in the worst case, death if not properly controlled.
You surely know many people that suffer from this disease, which is why it is important to clarify that there are two types of diabetes:
- Type I diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes. This is a disease that begins at birth.
- Type II diabetes. This type of diabetes is caused by a poor lifestyle the majority of the time because nowadays people have very bad diets due to a lack of time or simply because it is easier and cheaper.
What Is Type II Diabetes?
A few years ago, only adults suffered from this disease and it was known as adult diabetes. This is caused by insulin resisting metabolizing blood sugar along with the decrease in insulin in the pancreas.
These two factors cause blood sugar levels to increase considerably, taking the name of hyperglycemia. This condition causes significant long-term damages to different body organs like the kidneys and heart. It can also cause blindness and problems with healing wounds and scarring. Unfortunately, in todays world, it is common to see teenagers and children suffer from this disease.
They have not found a cure yet, but with proper treatment, closely following the instructions your doctor says, and a drastic change in your life style (especially in your diet), type II diabetes patients can learn to control and live with this disease that will stick with them the rest of their lives.
What Are the Causes of Type II Diabetes?
In the majority of cases, type II diabetes is caused by a poor diet and a lack of exercise.
Over ninety percent of those who suffer from type II diabetes are overweight. It is very clear that those who are obese concentrate mainly on the stomach area. They are the ones who are very prone to this illness.
If you are overweight and you don’t do any type of physical activity to burn extra calories either, the risk of catching this disease increases considerably. Also, there is the genetic risk of catching diabetes. If someone in your family has the disease, it is best to take precautions since you could get it due to being related to them.
People who regularly eat foods rich in carbohydrates and sugars and have a low consumption of fruits and vegetables are in the perfect condition to get the disease.
Today it is very easy for most people to eat badly. It is very simple and economical to get and enjoy food called junk food. It is found anywhere and anytime, at extremely cheap prices that get your attention. You choose it without thinking about your health. If you make an effort and you have a healthier diet, you will definitely prevent this disease.
If people don’t take care of themselves and aren’t conscious enough of what suffering from this disease means for their health, the serious consequences that it can bring, like a progressive loss of vision, kidney failure, limb amputation because of poor circulation, and many other problems, the disease won’t stop and every day the number of people affected will be much greater, something that is very alarming.
We hope that by knowing the main causes of this disease and the serious consequences it can cause will encourage you to put into practice a lot of healthy habits that keep you from getting type II diabetes. It is also a very good idea to tell your family members and friends that may be in risk.