You are likely familiar with some of the causes of Type 2 diabetes. You may know a little about this form of diabetes or be very aware of the latest regarding new medications, and the strategies for coping with the psychological and social challenges.
Regardless of your background, let us focus on the least common causes of Type 2 diabetes. These do not receive much attention: they are overshadowed by the main culprits, which you are likely acquainted with already.
Let’s get to it…
1. Hormonal Diseases. There is much more affecting the body’s insulin resistance than you may think. It is not all about your lifestyle and well-being; even if they are primary factors. Sometimes diseases may be involved, as is the case with those affecting hormone function.
Some conditions cause a dysfunction in hormone production. In some cases, excess hormones have an effect on insulin, which may play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. Acromegaly, hyperthyroidism, and Cushing’s syndrome are some hormonal diseases that can cause Type 2 diabetes.
2. A Damaged Pancreas. The pancreas is a vital organ when it comes to blood sugar management, as it is the site where insulin is produced. For this reason, any damage to the pancreas, or any disease that affects it may predispose an individual to diabetes.
If insulin production or efficiency is impaired, the development of diabetes becomes more likely. Pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer are two diseases affecting the pancreas that may be considered less than common causes of diabetes.
3. Genetic Mutations. Most of the time, the causes of diabetes can be anticipated and addressed. When it comes to genetic mutations, however, there is little one can do. Sometimes it is a matter of a single gene impairing an individual’s pancreas, limiting its ability to produce insulin. Other times, what happens we may not even currently understand. Remember there is still much we do not know, and science is a field constantly evolving.
Fortunately, anything involving genetics and diabetes is relatively rare and is the exception rather than the rule. Needless to say, genetic mutations are yet another less than common cause.
4. Medications. Lastly and perhaps surprisingly, medications may sometimes be a cause of Type 2 diabetes. Especially those inflicting damage to the beta cells in the pancreas which are responsible for making insulin.
When many people are prescribed drugs, they skip past the “possible side effects” section when reading through the product information. Medications are not perfect and sometimes, they do more harm than good.
Diuretics, psychiatric drugs, and anti-seizure drugs are known for their effects on insulin. Even niacin, a form of vitamin B you can purchase over-the-counter, could make you more vulnerable to diabetes.
Before taking any over-the-counter drugs or supplements, check with your Pharmacist or Doctor before adding them to your list.
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.