When we were just a kid, our mom used to tell us not to eat too much candy because we could get diabetes. What is diabetes anyway?
Also diabetes is the leading cause of the following;
- heart and kidney failure
It all starts with food, candy doesn't actually caused diabetes. Even though candy we loved during those youthful days is somehow related to sugar.
Diabetes is a failure of your body to properly process the food you're ingesting. When you eat, your body break down the food into component parts. One of which is glucose, a type of sugar that essential for the body.
Glucose enters the blood and circulates until absorbed into cells. So, shortly after you eat your blood glucose levels increase causing your pancreas to release insulin. The insulin triggers your system that glucose is present and ready to get burned for energy.
When you have diabetes, your body doesn't produce enough insulin or maybe the cells don't listen to insulin anymore or maybe both. This means glucose just hangs out in your bloodstream until it's passed through urine. However, all stored sugar can severely damage your body in the long-term.
How To Avoid Getting DiabetesA study in the Journal of Nutrition found dietary patterns with high intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, as well as low-fat dairy, and low sugar products were associated with lower risks of type 2 diabetes. So eat right plus exercise and you can avoid type 2 diabetes.
Although, again, it's not about sugar intake but keeping caloric intake at a healthy level and avoid being sedentary.
Causes and Treatment for DiabetesDiabetes is sometimes called a metabolic disorder because the human body can’t metabolize sugar in the blood properly. Both types are treatable and type 2 can be cured if caught early.
Researchers are trying to find cures and causes of all diabetes:
- as well as genetic factors are all listed for type 2 diabetes.
If left unchecked hyperglycemia or excessive glucose in the bloodstream can cause serious trouble.
- Glaucoma and cataracts can cause blindness.
- Neuropathy can cause limbs to stop functioning and swelled with fluid forming ulcers and gangrene which lead to amputations.
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- hearing loss
- skin infection
- nerve damage
- and even stroke are all side effects of poorly managed glucose levels.