It is unfortunate Type 2 diabetes has become so prevalent in our society: almost everyone knows someone who has Type 2 diabetes or deals with blood sugar problems in some way. It is an unfortunate reality, but one we must accept nonetheless.
Many factors play a role in the development of this form of diabetes. It would not be wise to pinpoint one and say it is the sole cause because there is always something else behind the scenes needing to be considered. For instance, weight gain is known as a primary cause of Type 2 diabetes. But what causes weight gain in the first place? Overeating, physical inactivity, a high sugar intake. These are all factors influencing hyperglycemia and working together to give rise to Type 2 diabetes.
All of these risk factors deserve attention. But one we want to discuss today briefly is sugar intake because it likely has the strongest correlation to the rise in blood sugar levels although it is true a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. And being overweight does increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
It is no surprise a blood sugar condition can develop when there is a sugar problem in a person’s diet. Most people eat more carbohydrates on a daily basis than they require. Since carbohydrates are sugars, we can see why many people also have issues with their blood sugar. The body can only handle so much – when the carb intake is extreme, the pancreas loses its ability to manage carbohydrates efficiently. When this occurs the body requires a greater amount of insulin to manage what it previously could with ease.
Healthy insulin function is essential. But insulin itself poses complications, particularly when it is needed in greater amounts. The higher a person’s insulin resistance, the more likely he is to be overweight since insulin has a “fat-storage” effect. When insulin is at work in the bloodstream, the fat breakdown is inhibited. When this is combined with a surplus of carbohydrates entering the body, you can imagine how destructive this could be on body weight.
Does it all start and end with sugar intake? Not exactly. Physical activity is also crucial, and nothing replaces a healthy diet. Weight management must be considered as well. But guess what: all of these factors work together, but it is up to the individual to take action.
If there is an area needing meticulous attention for those trying to prevent or reverse diabetes, without a doubt, it is going to be their carbohydrate intake. Type 2 diabetes even afflicts those who are not technically overweight but consume a high amount of simple carbs.
The relationship between sugar consumption and Type 2 diabetes should not be ignored by anyone and those in particular who believe this form of diabetes is is mostly a hereditary or coincidental disease.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.