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4 Main Causes of Diabetes in Women

Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar (glucose) levels in your body are too high. Diabetes can cause serious health problems, including heart attack or stroke, blindness, problems during pregnancy, and kidney failure. More than 13 million women have diabetes, or about one in 10 women ages 20 and older.
When you digest food, your body changes most of the food you eat into glucose (a form of sugar). A hormone called insulin allows this glucose to enter all the cells of your body and be used as energy.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas. In someone who has type 2 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or the body’s cells can’t use insulin properly (called insulin resistance). This causes glucose to build up in your blood instead of moving into the cells. Too much glucose in the blood can lead to serious health problems that may damage the blood vessels, nerves, heart, eyes and kidneys.


Here are 4 causes of diabetes that we think you should look into.

1. Insufficient insulin production


The inability of cells to use insulin properly and efficiently leads to excess glucose in the bloodstream and diabetes. This condition affects mostly the cells of muscle and fat tissues and results in a condition known as insulin resistance. This is the primary problem in type 2 diabetes. The absolute lack of insulin, if a woman is resistant to insulin, the body can, to some degree, increase production of insulin and overcome the level of resistance. After a time, if production decreases and insulin cannot be released as vigorously, excess glucose in the bloodstream develops.

2. Sugar-sweetened beverages

sugar sweeten

Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people should avoid the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages include beverages like:
⦁ Regular soda
⦁ Fruit punch
⦁ Fruit drinks
⦁ Energy drinks
⦁ Sports drinks
⦁ Sweet tea
other sugary drinks. These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!
See for yourself:
Just one 12-ounce can of regular soda has about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This is the same amount of carbohydrate in 10 teaspoons of sugar!
One cup of fruit punch and other sugary fruit drinks have about 100 calories (or more) and 30 grams of carbohydrate.

3. Obesity

over weight

Of the women diagnosed with type II diabetes, about 80 to 90 percent are also diagnosed as obese. This fact provides an interesting clue to the link between diabetes and obesity. The acknowledgment and comprehending of what causes the disease will place great hope, allowing us to prevent diabetes in the future.
when a woman is overweight it places extra stress on the body in a variety of ways, including the body’s ability to maintain proper blood glucose levels. In fact, being overweight can cause a woman’s body to become resistant to insulin. If she already has diabetes, this means she’ll need to take even more insulin to get sugar into her cells. And if she doesn’t have diabetes, the prolonged effects of the insulin resistance can eventually cause her to develop the disease.

4. Lifestyle

life style

A woman’s lifestyle is very important too. Genes do play a role in type 2 diabetes, but lifestyle choices are also important. women can, for example, have a genetic mutation that may make them susceptible to type 2, but if they take good care of their body, they may not develop diabetes.
Let’s say that two women have the same genetic mutation. One of them eats well, watches her cholesterol, and stays physically fit, and the other is overweight (has her BMI greater than 25) and inactive. The person who is overweight and inactive is much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes because certain lifestyle choices greatly influence how well your body uses insulin.
Lifestyle choices that affect the development of type 2 diabetes include:
Lack of exercise: Physical activity has many benefits—one of them being that it can help you avoid type 2 diabetes if you’re susceptible.
Unhealthy meal planning choices: A meal plan filled with high-fat foods and lacking in fiber (which you can get from grains, vegetables, and fruits) increases the likelihood of type 2.


With the details above, you’d realize that this deadly disease can be totally avoided. So it’s up to you to improve your lifestyle to be on a safer side.

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