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What causes diabetes

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What causes diabetes and what are its effects? It has been estimated that there are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. That is quite alarming, however, while an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease. Below we look at what causes this phenomenon.

The understanding of various risk factors of cardiovascular disease has greatly helped the medical community combat and prevent vascular diseases. Such risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and high cholesterol levels. A disease that often appears to cluster many of these risk factors is diabetes. In fact, most diabetic patients also have:

  • High blood pressure
  • Weight problems such as obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Any one of the above conditions can pose an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, when these 'risks' occur together with diabetes, the level of risk is considerably increased.

    What Causes Diabetes

    In medical terms, diabetes, a metabolic disease, is caused by a hyperglycemia resulting from insulin action, insulin secretion, or both. In diabetic patients, uncontrolled hyperglycemia has been associated with vascular damage and organ damage, in particular the heart, brain, eyes, and nerves.


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    In more simple terms, the causes of diabetes (especially adult-onset or type II diabetes) has been associated with high blood pressure, lack of physical activity and obesity - in other words "our modern lifestyle". Controlling these problems will greatly help the prevention of diabetes. The objectives of this section of our website is to inform you as much as possible on the causes of diabetes, the risks of diabetes, prevention of diabetes, and much more. Please select from the sections below for more information and come back soon as this section is often updated with new articles.

  • What is diabetes? Learn the basics of Type I, Type II, and gestational diabetes.
  • The need for diabetes screening is essential - Learn why here.
  • Today's diabetes statistics are a gloomy reminder of this terrible disease.
  • Insulin imbalances can be the cause of becoming overweight and obesity.
  • The importance of diabetes self-care.
  • Unique combo pill to control blood sugar and cholesterol for diabetics.
  • Reversing heart disease means controlling diabetes

  • Remember that Type 2 Diabets can be greatly controlled by living a healthy lifestyle - an unhealthy lifestyle is one of the main causes of diabetes. Stay healthy!

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