How Does Diabetes Develop?

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How Does Diabetes Develop?
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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a major health condition which interferes with the body's ability to control insulin. According to the Centers for Disease Control, millions of Americans have diabetes and over one million new people are diagnosed each year. Another 6 million people are walking around, unaware that they even have the disease. Diabetes brings many complications with it such as stroke, heart attack or even blindness. In some cases diabetes is hereditary, while in other cases diabetes develops because of poor choices over a period of time. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is a juvenile condition and type two is an adult condition, which typically comes about later on in life. However, as more children are obese, pre-teens and teenagers are developing type 2 diabetes.

Diet

When a person spends years eating high fat, high sugar and highly refined junk foods the body begins to change over time. These foods can cause a person to become obese because eating a diet like this is addicting. The cycle continues and weight comes on especially around the mid-section of a person's torso. Fat located in mid-section is the most dangerous place to carry fat, because it causes serious metabolic changes in the body the longer it stays there.

Over time a bad diet will start to destroy the body internally, because it damages and overworks the pancreas. The pancreas produces insulin and other digestive enzymes which are needed by the body. Insulin is a hormone which helps to convert the food we eat into raw energy. After years of abuse the body is unable to produce insulin in the correct amounts, and the body begins to store even more fat. The extra body fat especially around the middle brings about insulin resistance. The end result is diabetes. Some people may develop diabetes sooner than others. If diabetes is not controlled with medication, the condition will destroy every organ within the body in a very short period of time eventually resulting in death.

Some common warning signals are excessive thirst, frequent urination, slow healing, constant fatigue, blurry vision, leg cramps, and impotence. A person needs to drink 8 to 10 glasses of pure water each day, but if you find that you need more, and if you are still thirsty after drinking enough water, go see your doctor. You need to take all of the above warning signals very seriously.

Prevention

According to Dr. Linda Page, author of "Healthy Healing," "Start with diet improvement, rather than skipping meals, especially if you are already on insulin therapy." Food is fuel to your body. Its not eating that is bad, but rather what you eat that is bad. Focus on giving your body whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Drink plenty of water and avoid fatty, processed, high sugar foods. High fiber foods are essential in preventing diabetes. However, remember to drink plenty of water if you eat a lot of fiber otherwise you may become constipated.

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