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8 Main Risk Factors of Diabetes You Didn’t Know About


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According to USA – National Diabetes Fact Sheet, about 7 million people with diabetes have not been diagnosed. The number of people with diabetes is rapidly increasing every year. Furthermore, many of us who know we are not even diabetic, may have prediabetes without even being aware of it.

Prediabetes is a significant factor that drives heart attacks, strokes, cancers (colon, pancreatic, breast, and prostate), depression, infertility, acne, and many other diseases- even if you do not get diabetes!
The well known family physician and the New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Mark Hyman claims:

“The major driver of lifestyle chronic disease is diabesity and that it is the continuum of problems from prediabetes through diabetes. 90% of people who have diabesity are not diagnosed. In America, this affects 1 out of 2 Americans. The doctors are not trained to treat or diagnose diabesity. Plus, it is not “fixed” by medication because it is a lifestyle disease”.
This epidemic is also happening globally. We went from 35 millions diabetics in 1983 to about 300+ million now and the increase is exponential. There are about 93 million new diabetics and 148 million pre-diabetics in China.”

Before thinking about what causes diabetes, let’s think about the challenges people with diabetes (type 1 and 2) need to deal with:

  • Frequent urination: Body’s hemostasis system tries to get rid of the high blood sugar by producing more urine.
  • Increased thirst and hunger: People with severe diabetes condition starve from essential nutrition because their bodies are overfed by sugar.
  • Nerve and blood vessel damage: When nerves, nerve coverings, and blood vessels are exposed to high levels to glucose levels, they slowly start to get damaged. This medical term for this condition is called “neuropathy”. 50% of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. Neuropathy causes SERIOUS complication such as:

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• Heart disease and stroke: Atherosclerosis is a condition as a result of which accumulation of plaque thickens the artery wall. The glucose build up in the blood raises atherosclerosis-related inflammation; diabetic patients are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

• Hypertension: There is a direct correlation between high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels.

• Kidney disease: In diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy), cells and blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, degrading the organs’ capability to filter out useless waste. So waste will build up in your blood instead of being excreted. In some cases this lead to kidney failure and the patient will have to go under dialysis.

 

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• Blindness: Because the oxygen supply to small sections of the retina gets blocked, some patients lose their vision.

 

 

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  • Losing sensation: In many cases of peripheral neuropathy, patients lose sensation in the feet. Many doctors have reported cases in which patients had a sharp glass stuck in their foot or burned themselves in the bathtub without even remembering how it happened!

 

  • Losing a leg: Losing sensation in feet eventually leads to patients losing their legs. In fact 70% of limb amputations are due to diabetes! Losing a leg increases patients’ dependency on others.

 

 

 

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  • Losing your sex drive: Many people with diabetic nerve damage have difficulties during sex. Men can struggle with maintaining an erection and ejaculating. Women struggle with sexual response and vaginal lubrication.

 

 

Main Causes and Risk Factors of Diabetes:

 

There are many factors that cause diabetes, but many of them are not scientifically proven. Some are simply based on statistics of patients with diabetes. I’m about to share with you the most common of these risk factors, but before doing so let’s better understand how diabetes happens.

Insulin is a hormone produced by pancreas that is in charge for regulating carbohydrate and fat metabolism in body. high blood sugar or hyperglycemia is achieved when not enough insulin is made by pancreas. This causes glucose to build up in the blood rather than being absorbed by cells in the body. The excessive glucose in the blood is basically what leads to prediabetes or diabetes.

What causes diabetes?

1-Family history: Genes are one leading cause of type-1 diabetes. If you have a family history of type-1 diabetes, it is important to acknowledge that your are not necessarily a victim of your genes, but you do need to pay more attention to your life style and blood glucose levels. I suggest you perform regular self-examinations before it is too late.

2-Ethnicity: African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Again, being born in these areas is not what causes the disease, but according to statistics, these nationalities have had diabetes more in comparison to others. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you come from, you must never underestimate the power of NURTURE and overestimate the power of your NATURE.

3- Age: If you are 40, or older, you are at a higher risk to get diabetes. Regular self-examinations and healthy life style choices are very crucial to prevent you from diabetes.

4- Sugar-sweetened beverages and chocolate: This is an obvious one. If you are already at a risk of high blood sugar, taking in more sugar is not going to help lowering your sugar levels.

One 12-ounce can of soda = 10 teaspoons of sugar

I suggest you stop drinking regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweet tea, and many other sugary drinks. I also suggest you substitute regular chocolate by dark chocolate.

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 5-Starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and fast food:  Starchy foods are a part of a meal plan, but portion size is extremely crucial. Whole grain breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, yams, peas and corn can be included in your meals. 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal is an ideal intake. However, you might need more or less because it all depends on the way you manage and self-track your diabetes. Consult with your health or nutrition professional if you need to be more clear on the portion.

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 6-Physical Inactivity: If you burn fewer calories than you take in, you put yourself at a very dangerous risk of diabetes. Accumulation of more calories has a direct correlation with higher glucose levels. Why?

The chemical energy in some nutrients such as glucose is transferred to ATP. In other words, glucose is the fuel needed for your cellular ATP. ATP is the ignition needed for your body’s “engine” to run.

So, More you stay active, longer your engine runs, and more fuel you burn. In other words, YOU WILL REDUCE THE GLUCOSE LEVELS IF YOUR ENGINE RUNS FREQUENTLY. If you need an “encouragement” that keeps you physically active, check out my blog post: “Never Lose Your Zest to Stay Active”.

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 7-Medications and Chemical Toxins: Many medications, such as nicotinic acid and certain psychiatric drugs,  damage beta cells and disrupt insulin action. Also many chemical toxins such as steroid cause serious diabetes conditions.

 

 

8- Absence of Self Examination: We have been influenced in a way to think that our health is in the hands of our doctors. We tend to wait for our doctors to perform check-ups and tell us how our health condition is. This is very misleading. We all know diabetes doesn’t happen over night.

We humans are now living at a time when eating fast food and processed foods are very common. Most people don’t even have time (or make the time) to exercise or go to the gym because of their busy schedule. Sadly, many of us are not familiar with the notion of self examination. No one wants to get diabetes and diabetes doesn’t happen fast. If we come to the understanding that we are responsible for our own health and measure our blood glucose levels on regular basis, we will tremendously decrease the  rapid increase of diabetes and prediabetes.

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One of the cheap and easy to use tools we can use to track our blood glucose level is the FDA approved Sanofi small device called iBG Star. The glucose monitor provides you with a free app that can be used to track you results.

 

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Hence, the key to avoid the complications of diabetes is life style improvements. No matter which ethnicity or which family you come from, you always have full control on your own health. It is the realization that you have to manage your own health, and in this case your blood glucose levels, that makes the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy individual.