Contributing Factors of Diabetes
When first diagnosed with diabetes, one may think that they can never again be healthy and happy, but this is not the case. Very few diseases can be as affected by lifestyle choices as diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin production, or insulin resistance. Diabetes affects people of all walks of life.
Diabetes is caused by many contributing factors. A few of them are listed below:
Obesity is a contributing factor to diabetes. It is said that 60 to 90 percent of people with diabetes are overweight. High calorie intake leads to obesity, which in turn may lead to diabetes.
It is believed that heredity is a contributing factor to diabetes. This is possibly more so the case with Type 1 diabetes. However, there is no explanation for how exactly this happens. While it is true to say that diabetes tends to occur in families, it does not mean that everyone born into such families develops the disease. There is a correlation, but proving causation on a case by case basis is another matter entirely.
It is noteworthy that in families where diabetes tends to appear, members may not develop the disease if appropriate precautions are taken. Some scholars have argued that what is inherited is not diabetes itself, but the absence of the chromosomes that resist diabetes. The link between heredity and diabetes has been studied thoroughly but there are still many things we do not know.
It has been said time and again that bad lifestyle choices are one of the main contributing factors to diabetes in general. But how many people are ready to listen? As food can nourish life, it can also destroy health. It seems clear that a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet can lead to diabetes.
Lack of Medical Treatment
Self-medication has become commonplace for many. Particularly when it comes to OTC medications and vitamin supplements. Some medications run the risk of damaging the pancreas. Once the pancreas is damaged, diabetes can set in. What is the proper path then? Always consult a clinician. If you need to be on any medications they will prescribe them. If you are currently taking any medications, you should mention those to your clinician. You should not change diet or exercise without discussing it with your clinician. You may have complications that could prevent some common methods of diabetes control. Having good medical advice and help available is a cornerstone for any diabetes management plan. One must see a doctor regularly and one must consult a doctor in order to receive the right prescribed medications.
Patients suffering from diabetes are often bothered by simple diabetes therapy measures that enable them to get on with their lives. Diabetes management is intrusive, but much less intrusive than the progression of the disease.
Here are some safety tips for preventing and managing diabetes that may help you:
-Dietary Measurement: Simply keep a log of what you eat and what your blood sugar is. You can cross-reference these logs and learn a lot. You can also show then to your clinician.
-Strive to exercise at least once a day, if your doctor approves.
-Talk to your doctor about finding a good diabetes educator. They can probably teach you things about your disease that you didn’t know. Knowledge is power when it comes to diabetes.
Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to healthy diabetes management.
*The author of this blog is not a medical professional and this article does not contain professional medical advice. This blog is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of the contents of this article. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.