April 12, 2003
Why Diabetes is increasing in the U.S.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Glucose comes from the foods we eat and is the major source of energy needed to fuel the bodyâ€™s functions. According to the Australian Indigenous, diabetes is a growing health problem, particularly in developed countries. Global projections of diabetes estimate that by 2011 the total number of individuals with diabetes will be 239.3 million worldwide, with 23.7 million people with type 1 diabetes and 215.6 million with type 2. This figure is expected to rise to 950,000 by 2011. Type 2 diabetes is ...view middle of the document...
These days people donâ€™t prefer a physical work or exercises instead they prefer sitting on a chair for a long time. Lack of exercise and less activity are responsible for causing obesity, which in turn causes diabetes. A lack of exercise raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Without exercise, the body struggles to use up glucose, according to the Mayo Clinic. Regular exercise helps the body maintain a standard level of sensitivity to insulin and works to control weight.
Diet can also be considered to be a major cause of diabetes. Our body requires a proper balanced diet in order to produce energy for proper functioning. Therefore a poor or improper diet such as eating too much of carbohydrates, proteins or fats may prevent the pancreas from producing insulin, which causes increase in the blood sugar levels causing diabetes. Today people worship fast food, while they left out exercises on their back yard! Hey, blend these two factors in, and you got yourself bad lifestyles. In a study involving more than 47,000 women participants aged 45 years and above without any diseases, it was found that after several years, a diet rich in fatty foods like bacon and processed meats was associated with development of DM type 2 in many
It is strongly believed that due to some genes which passes from one generation to another, a person can inherit diabetes. It depends upon closeness of blood relationship as mother is diabetic, the risk is 2 to 3%, father is diabetic, the risk is more than the...