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Diabetes can develop when the amount of sugar in your blood becomes too high. Type 1 diabetes results when your body doesn’t manufacture enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused because your body doesn’t respond to insulin.

As your body digests its food it converts much of it into glucose. Glucose is a sugar that your body’s cells need for energy. Insulin produced by the body helps maintain healthy blood levels of glucose.

Type 1 Diabetes

With type 1 diabetes the body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes therefore must take insulin injections to control their blood sugar.

Type 2 Diabetes

In type 2 diabetes the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin for your needs. Mature adults are especially prone to type 2 diabetes. This is because as we age our bodies are less accepting of sugars. Being overweight makes your chances of developing type 2 diabetes much higher.

With pre-diabetes your glucose levels are higher than normal but not of a high enough level to be called diabetes. People with pre diabetes have an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other problems like heart disease. There are a considerable number of people who have pre-diabetes without being aware of it. Pre-diabetes occurs along with other warning symptoms like, heart problems, increased blood pressure and high cholesterol.

There is some good news in that you can reduce the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 71 percent with maintenance of the correct weight and by exercising regularly.

Causes & Symptoms

There are a number of things that can influence your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Other risk factors include:

• Being obese or overweight
• If you have a high-fat diet
• If you do not exercise
• Developing more fat in the middle of the body
• With a family history of diabetes
• If you suffer high cholesterol
• Consume too much alcohol
• Have high blood pressure
• Dependent on you race or ethnic background
• If you are suffering from stress


Some of the warning signs are:

• Increased thirst
• Fatigue
• Increased appetite
• Confusion
• Frequent urination
• Irregular weight loss or weight gain
• Depression
• Loss of energy
• Wounds that heal slowly
• Foot sores
• Sexual dysfunction
• Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands

Many people can go years without knowing they have type 2 diabetes. You do not necessarily have to have these listed symptoms. Having regular blood sugar tests is an important monitor as to whether or not you have diabetes.

Prevention is better than the cure. The following may greatly assist you not getting diabetes.

• Do cardio exercise regularly, walking, swimming and gym exercise are recommended.
• Reduce fatty and fast foods
• Eat green leafy vegetables and fruit.
• Reduce or preferably stop smoking
• Moderate alcohol intake
• Keep control of your weight in particular around the waist.
• Reduce and moderate sugar intake, soft drinks and sweets. Avoid sugar in tea and coffee.
• Some supplements and supports can help control blood sugar levels for people with pre diabetes.


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