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The Risk of Diabetes

Jun 14, 2008
It was once unheard of to blame stress for gaining weight unless it included eating too much under stressful conditions. As medical research progresses, however, the human body and its processes reveal how one system affects another by the ripple effect. It is understood today that being overweight leads to a barrage of serious health problems. Among them are diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. One would speculate that maintaining a healthy weight would be the solution. Unfortunately, even thin individuals experience health problems. However, weight reduction can greatly affect whether a person develops Type II diabetes.

Cortisol is found adjacent to the kidneys and is released in response to either physical or psychological stress. It breaks down muscle protein into its component amino acid which then circulates the bloodstream. These amino acids are used by the liver in the manufacture of glucose for energy increasing blood sugar level and at the same time lowering the use of glucose as fuel. The excess and deficiency of cortisol in the body may trigger some system disorders such as autoimmunity damaging the insulin-producing beta cells thus resulting in insulin deficiency.

More recently, data shows cortisol (a human hormone) is secreted in response to perceived stressful situations. Cortisol causes a chain reaction that raises blood sugar levels and inhibits glucose conversion. The unused sugar is then stored as fat and damage can occur to the cells that produce insulin, also. Irreversible damage to the beta cells that produce insulin can cause Type I diabetes. Too much glucose in the blood on a continual basis can trigger the onset of Type II diabetes. Thus the link between stress and diabetes must be considered. Stress can cause or aggravate diabetes. In turn, diabetes and its complications can add to stress and weight problems.

Anti-diabetic medicines that are taken orally by the mouth are effective as insulin injection in controlling symptoms of diabetes. The number of people with diabetes continues to rise while their ages at the time of diagnosis drop. Type 2 diabetes, which used to be called adult - onset diabetes, is now striking children, due largely to the obesity epidemic. Overweight and obese kids that present identifying symptoms like darkness around neck and armpits area are those who frequently get urinary tract infection (UTI).

The number of children at risk of developing Type II diabetes is growing at alarming rates. Studies implicate obesity and stress as factors that contribute to the onset of the disease. It was found parents can pass on their stress level to their children, increasing the likelihood to develop diabetes. For example, mothers who experience stress such as divorce, domestic violence or job stress not only increase their own risk to develop diabetes, but pass on the stress on their children. In addition, psychological and emotional stress can result in physical problems as well. However, a strong social and emotional support system can diminish the impact stress has on a person.

Diabetes like other serious diseases, must be diagnosed and monitored by a physician. Tests can be administered to determine if an individual is in pre-diabetic stages. If left uncared for, diabetes can cause serious complications in the cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and circulatory system, ncluding damage to the kidneys. Proper detection can lead to the delay of diabetes and possibly reversal of conditions that accompany mild cases.

Finally, diabetes cannot me successfully managed without considering the exercise factor. Activity of some kind will aid the body in reducing weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. Exercise will make the cells of the body more sensitive to glucose, which will help burn stored energy more efficiently. Whatever form of exercise is chosen, it should correspond to an individual's interest and ability. Fighting and managing diabetes is an ongoing process for those diagnosed. However, with timely diagnosis, education, nutrition and exercise an individual can lead a long fruitful life.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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