Diabetes is classified into 3 types; type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. The development of each type of diabetes varies with each risk factor, therefore it is best to know they are. So what causes diabetes? I have gathered information based on it’s type, such as:
Type 1 Diabetes – developed due to the body becoming insulin dependent and/or unable to produce any insulin accompanied with the following possible causes:
* Infection with specific bacteria
* Exposure to food-borne chemical toxins
* Cow’s milk for infants as there are unidentified components that trigger an autoimmune reaction.
Type 2 Diabetes – caused by insufficient production of insulin. And when cells do not react to the insulin or become insulin resistant. Some other factors that cause the development of diabetes are:
* Increasing age
* Physical Inactivity
* Certain medicines
* Underlying illness that damages the pancreas and effects its ability to produce insulin. (like pancreatitis)
Gestational Diabetes – said to be caused by pregnancy. The placenta supplies a growing fetus with nutrients and water, as well as produces a variety of hormones to maintain the pregnancy. Some of the hormones can have a blocking effect on the insulin, which usually begins about 20 to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Furthermore, gestational diabetes is a condition in which the glucose level is elevated and other diabetic symptoms appear during pregnancy. (commonly to a woman who is not already diagnosed with diabetes) In most cases symptoms disappear following delivery, but women with gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing diabetes later in life, especially if they were overweight before pregnancy.
The major cause of diabetes is wrong diet. Improper consumption of food nutrients, either too much or insufficient. And if you are diagnosed with diabetes, the doctor will recommend a diet that is best suitable for you. This will include what foods to eat and not to eat. It is very important to watch what we eat. It should be healthy food that nourish our body. So what causes diabetes boils down to diet, however do not forget exercise is just as important.
Taking precautions is a very wise move as diabetes is know to be an adult-onset disease. It is better to be safe than sorry later on.