Type-2 diabetes is a long-term medical condition that affects your body’s ability to metabolize sugar. It is the most common type of diabetes. According to a survey by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every 1 in 10 Americans has diabetes, out of which approximately 90-95% have type-2 diabetes.
Also known as adult-onset diabetes, it affects middle-aged people, especially those who are 45 and above. However, due to a sharp increase in childhood obesity, today, most children and teenagers are diagnosed with this disorder.
Type-2 diabetes can cause severe consequences if left untreated, even leading to death in some cases. However, with the right treatment, it can be effectively controlled or even reversed.
What Is The Problem?
Your body starts to undergo a lot of changes when you are diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. They could be noticeable or unnoticeable. The most substantial unseen change is Insulin Resistance.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Your pancreas is responsible for producing a vital hormone called insulin, which regulates blood sugar (glucose) in your body. In a simple explanation, it involves the following steps:
- The food you consume is broken down into blood sugar (glucose)
- When the glucose enters your bloodstream, it signals your pancreas to secrete insulin.
- The insulin enables the sugar to move from your blood to your cells – where it can be used as an energy source.
- As sugar levels in your bloodstream decrease, the secretion of insulin from your pancreas decreases too.
This happens when everything is functioning correctly. With type-2 diabetes, this process doesn’t work well.
- When a lot of sugar enters the bloodstream, the pancreas secretes insulin to cope up with the sugar.
- Over time, with increased sugar intake, the cells stop responding to the hormone (insulin resistance), and the sugar starts building up instead of moving to the cells.
- This causes the pancreas to pump out more insulin in order to make the cells respond.
- As a result, the pancreas can’t cope up, and the blood sugar keeps rising.
This leads to Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar.
The noticeable changes account for the early signs and short-term symptoms of type-2 diabetes.
- Frequent urination
- Extreme thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Persistent fatigue and loss of energy
- Blurry vision
- Slow healing of cuts and sores
- Tingling and numbness in the limbs
- Frequent Infections
If you are experiencing these early signs, it is advised to visit your health care practitioner.
What Is The Reason?
The primary reason for type-2 diabetes is insulin resistance, as explained above. However, a combination of things may also be the reason behind this condition. They include:
- Weight: Although you do not have to be overweight o have this condition, being obese or overweight can cause you to have type-2 diabetes – especially if you have excess fat around your abdomen. This is known as uneven body-fat distribution and has serious health concerns. Here’s how you minimize its health risks.
- Family History: The chances of having type-2 diabetes is high if your parent or sibling has this condition. According to a survey by ADA – American Diabetes Association, When one twin has type-2 diabetes, the other’s risk is three in four at most.
- Race or Ethnicity: Research shows that African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, and Indian-Americans are at higher risk of developing this condition.
- Prediabetes: When prediabetes (a condition where your blood sugar is above normal but not high enough to be termed as diabetes) is left untreated, it takes up the shape of type-2 diabetes.
- Age: The risk of type-2 diabetes increases dramatically as you get older (especially 45 and above)
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Women with PCOS are often diagnosed with type-2 diabetes due to insulin resistance.
What Is The Solution?
If you wish to control your diabetes or aim for its reversal (Diabetes Remission – a state where your blood glucose levels are below the diabetic range), you need to adapt to a healthier lifestyle – a nutritious diet, physical activity, appropriate medication, and so on. This could be life-changing.
- Weight-loss: You can reach your target blood sugar levels by dropping the excess weight off your body. While the idea of your weight-loss journey may sound a bit overwhelming at first, it all starts with a strong will and healthier food choices.
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- Incorporating a healthy diet: Although there is no fixed diet for type-2 diabetes, it is advised to:
- Eat fewer calories
- Cut back on refined carbs and sugars.
- Add more fiber to your diet.
- Eat green leafy vegetables.
- Snack on fruits
- Physical activity: Try exercising regularly for 30 to 60 minutes. It can be a brisk walk, swimming, cycling, or anything as long as it increases your heart rate.
- Monitoring and medicating: It is essential to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly and take medication (if required) accordingly.
Tips and Suggestions
- Quit the sedentary lifestyle
- Quit smoking – Simple ways to effectively quit smoking
- Manage stress levels
- Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate yourself
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep every night
There are multiple factors responsible for type-2 diabetes. It is crucial to notice the early signs of this condition, if any, and visit your health care provider. If you are suffering from this condition or if you are prediabetic, it is all-the-more important for you to give up your sedentary lifestyle and opt for healthier life choices.
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