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What Causes Diabetes?

Jun 6, 2008
Sufferers with diabetes have a condition that creates a problem with how their body produces energy for food. We use glucose, which is transported around the body by blood, as a form of energy which comes from food containing sugar. As the main source of fuel for the body, glucose must get to where it is needed but diabetes stops this process from happening. Because the natural distribution method employed by the body is faulty, glucose levels rise which can cause serious health problems.

This subject has comprehensive information available on other sites and the information about the condition in this article has been made short to enable easy and quick understanding. Mainly affecting children and young adults, type 1 or juvenile onset diabetes occurs when insulin production stops completely; this can occur at any age but diabetics must take daily insulin injections in order to survive. Insulin is used by the body to regulate the amount of glucose the blood contains. The second form of diabetes usually affects people when they are of mature years; this type happens when not enough insulin is being produced or it isn't being used properly, but it can normally be treated through diet.

Many of the foods we eat such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and fruit are converted into sugar and give us the energy we need to maintain life. Having high levels of glucose in your blood that is not entering the cells will over long periods, cause a number of serious conditions including blindness, amputations, heart and kidney conditions.

However, it is possible to manage diabetes by maintaining a strict health regime; some of these conditions can be slowed down while others can even be stopped. Care of your condition relies on you maintaining certain aspects and any prescribed medication must be taken routinely; it is very important that you don't smoke and maintain your blood glucose levels, cholesterol and other blood fats within your target range.

In addition, weight and blood pressure will need to be routinely monitored and kept stable. Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will have it for life; there are currently over five and half million Americans who have been diagnosed with this, and the numbers are rising. Studies suggest that it is not the whole story as experts believe there are as many people again that have the disease that have not yet been diagnosed; each year there are over six hundred thousand new cases. It is a worrying fact that while 34,000 American citizens die each year as a direct result of diabetes, another 320,000 die that have the condition where it may be an underlying condition.
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