Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods we eat. This could also be as a result of decreased insulin levels in the blood. Insulin is a hormone that helps that glucose get into your body cells, where they are either stored or used up as energy.
Shortly, I'll discuss three causes of this disease, which you might not know about.
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1. Hereditary/ Family history or Genetics.
If any member of your family has once had diabetes, then you should beware. This doesn't necessarily mean that if any of your family members has diabetes, you must have it. It only means that your chances of getting the disease is relatively high.
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2. Obesity / abnormal BMI (Body mass index).
Body mass index is a total body fat indicator. It is derived from the height and weight of a person. People who are overweight or have an abnormal body mass index are more susceptible to diabetes. People who are over fat generally have excess fatty acids in their body system and this could lead to insulin resistance. Remember I said insulin is a hormone that regulates the blood sugar. So when this happens, the level of sugar in the blood will be high, thereby leading to diabetes.
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3. Living a sedentary lifestyle.
A Sedentary lifestyle means a lifestyle of inactivity. It could entail sitting down for long hours or always lying down on a couch for long hours without changing position or doing anything that would make your body active. When you don't engage in activities, the glucose on your blood won't be converted to energy and it will accumulate on your blood stream, thereby causing diabetes
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Now that you know the causes of diabetes, you might want to know how yo prevent it. Do physical exercise always, watch your weight, do not over eat (especially foods that are high in carbs and unhealthy fats) and check your blood sugar level as often as possible
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