Diabetes is becoming so commonplace of late, that the question often arises, ‘could it have been prevented?’ We’ll look at both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes normally occurs because some external factor has compromised your immune system. Your natural ability to fight infection and disease turns on your body, and destroys the beta cells of the pancreas that create insulin.
As your body cannot produce insulin, your cells don’t absorb glucose, and that sugar remains in your bloodstream. This disease is much rarer than type two diabetes.
Scientists believe this happens due to exposure to harsh and negative environmental poisons and toxins, as well as viruses and stress. There is also a genetic aspect. However there is no recognized correlation with any of the suspected triggers, as they do not affect every person, or even a significant number.
For this reason, type 1 diabetes is considered to be not preventable. When it occurs, the onset is usually rapid, as the insulin production ceases relatively abruptly.
Type 2 Diabetes
Although many of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes are the same as type 1, the progress of the disease is much more gradual. Most sufferers do not become aware they have it until the second half of their life.
However, because of increasing consumption of high-sugar foods generally, the average age at which patients are diagnosed with type 2 gets lower every year. Young adults and children are confirmed type 2 diabetics.
90 to 95 out of 100 people that are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This most common form of diabetes is a result of insulin resistance.
Your body very well could be producing plenty of insulin, but the ability of your cells to properly absorb glucose has been negatively affected.
Insulin resistance occurs due to persistently high levels of insulin the bloodstream. This occurs because of constantly high blood glucose levels, and this is caused by repeatedly ingesting too much sugar, usually made worse by engaging in too little exercise.
If a sweet or dessert is an occasional treat, the body can handle it by releasing extra insulin. Afterwards, the body normalizes its blood glucose and hormone levels, and all is well.
However, if sugar ingestion is regular or sustained, such as by drinking soft drinks every day, and consuming sweets and simple carbs at every meal, persistently high blood sugar is the result.
This will lead to a likely diagnosis of pre-diabetes, then ultimately type 2 diabetes. The lead-up to this will usually involve being overweight. Obesity is strongly correlated to type 2 diabetes.
Although a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes may be abrupt and confronting, the conditions that caused it have taken some time to develop. Like becoming overweight, it sneaks up gradually without us being aware it is happening.