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What Really Causes Type 2 Diabetes

Learn Which Risk Factors Are Preventable

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LEANMEAN2

1/18/2014 6:10:31 AM

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Good information. Thanks

DADKAJ

12/24/2013 9:48:11 AM

those uncontrollable risk factors do not mean that we should resign and accept that as we age, we naturally get diabetes. we cannot control these factors, but nonetheless we can avoid getting the diabetes. getting the diabetes at later age mostly means that something was not right with other factors earlier in the life, whether controllable or not. this was just a theoretical input in the article.
while it is true, that diabetes does not develop only after eating sweets, later on it was correctly mentioned that sugars can also contribute to this condition, especially in the liquid form, including sweetened juice drinks. it is the imbalance of several factors at once and everybody has a different blend of these factors present.
the main point is that with controlling these factors one does not have to develop diabetes type 2 at all, regardless of those uncontrollable factors, too.

JUSTEATREALFOOD

10/25/2013 8:58:04 AM

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This article is very old and needs updating that is based on more current science.

JWOOLMAN

4/25/2013 3:07:51 PM

Keepyourpower- don't worry, whoever told you that about the health insurance reforms ("Obamacare") was ignorant or lying to scare you. You won't go to jail and you won't be paying 30K for insurance with a 30K deductible. It's the current system that is really the problem because the private companies are for-profit and maximize profit by trying to push us out of the pool when we get sick, injured, or older. I struggled to pay increasing premiums in my fifties, rising 30-35% every year. A simple UTI mismanaged by a local doctor put me in the hospital and ran up expenses for expensive unnecessary tests. I was in big debt for 6 years, since my insurance company cherry picked its way through the bills instead of paying everything above the deductible (as my policy was supposed to do) and I was out of work for several months thanks to the incompetent doctor and hospital. Soon after the hospitalization, they pushed me into double the deductible and of course raised the premium another 35%. Finally they wanted 53% of my income, which would not even have left enough for the deductible after taxes and business expenses. I had to cancel. There were few choices in my state and all were equally bad, so I've been uninsured for several years. But I couldn't afford a doctor even with insurance and couldn't rely on a policy to actually pay. So like many Americans, with or without insurance I would be just one injury or serious illness away from bankruptcy and losing everything anyway. And yet I was just out of range for eligibility for a state insurance program, which would have a reasonable premium strictly tied to income (as other developed countries do it).

But I ran my income figures through the health insurance reform calculators (just google for them), and if the politicians don't destroy the program before it gets started - I will be able to get good insurance again for a very reasonable percentage of my income (9-10%). The plan will still have us paying more than other countries (Australians pay just a few percent and have access to good medical care), but it's a start because it is tied to income - so when your income is less, you pay less. But everybody is part of the pool, healthy and not- which is also what makes it work. The private insurers try to limit the pool by raising our premiums with wild abandon to make it impossible for us to stay, after we've spent a lifetime paying into it, because they want to minimize their risk and maximize their profits. Some reforms have already kicked in that are helping people with pre-existing conditions, for instance, who were virtually uninsurable before. So don't let the political fear-mongers (bought and paid for by the insurance companies who don't want any limits) scare you.

ELLDOCKE

11/18/2012 10:48:35 AM

With a strong family history of diabetes, and a job that requires some hours at the computer mixed with opportunities for movement, this article was very helpful. Also, I did not realize that my Prozac can actually contribute to my weight loss (looked it up online). And, as I study depression (also a strong family history), I find that a healthy diet and regular exercise are also helpful with this disorder. What I did not realize was that my two beers a night are actually contributing to the depression. Thanks for making me think, look things up for myself and for giving straight information that we can rely on.

JT1234

11/14/2012 11:36:35 AM

I really love some of the contributors here, they really know their stuff!

PDANNYK

11/11/2012 9:26:34 PM

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I really think that in a lot of cases the "family connection" or heredity are taken for granted! I know that in 1994 when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I was told, “Well, your mother and both her sisters had diabetes so you will be on pills the rest of your life. It is a heredity disease”
As for the cause of diabetes, it remains elusive to the main stream medical professionals yet in case after case diabetes has been curedb y alternative medicine practitioners. I know that the drug industry will not sponsor any study to prove or disprove some of these cures as natural cures or natural medicines don’t make them billions of dollars each year but it needs to be done.
I started reading on a diet to help cure my wife’s inoperable lung cancer and supported her by learning and implementing this diet. To my amazement it helped my diabetes. In Nov of last year I was on the max dosage of metformin (2000mg@day) and max dosage of Lantus and did not have control of my diabetes even though for years I watched my carbs, lost weight, and joined the gym. My A1C was 7+ at it’s best.
I started this alternative medicine diet and one year later I am off all meds,(including Blood pressure and 2 cholesterol drugs). I am at my high school weight, and my healthy blood profile astounds my doctor. I am not yet cured as it took years to build my insulin resistance. I still must watch my acid level until my body heals itself as the authors said it would. I will never go back to eating like I used to.
The authors of 3 of the 4 books I have studied on this diet claim that many diseases if not all are caused by an acidic diet resulting in your body and immune system being compromised in order to keep your body from being too acidic and untimely death. This acidic condition causes immune system problems, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and inflammation of organs and the cardio systems as it tries to rid your body of this acidic condition.
I do not count carbs as such but just check my balance of 50% carbs, 30% GOOD fats, and 20% protein by logging my food intake. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle of eating that is curing me of my “hereditary” diabetes! This lifestyle is called the Ph dietary lifestyle. We have a list of foods that we must use to make up 80% of our diet (the alkaline food list) and another list for 20% of our diet (the acidic foods list). We eat no processed foods like canned soups, lunch meats, bacon, etc. We even have a special unprocessed sea salt we use unlimitedly as it will not cause blood pressure problems as we have eliminated all salts from processed or “prepared dinners”. We use no sugar or artificial sweeteners or absolutely no high fructose corn syrup. The only allowable exception is Stevia. We eat lots of natural fruits and their natural juices, lots of veggies, lots of nuts and seeds and their natural products (to get our good fats) and limited lean meat products ( 1 serving @ day)
We check our ph progress every morning by checking the ph of our urine to see just how acidic it is. High acidity we adjust or diet to keep it in a neutral range. We also check our saliva ph 2x a week to see if it is neutral (near 7.2 ph) I have had several friends start this diet when they see my results and everyone has shown remarkable progress that have seriously undertake the challenge.
Incidentally, my wife’s inoperable stage 3 lung cancer is 95% gone, hopefully next PET it will be. Cannot claim the diet did it though cause she had chemo and radiation which almost killed her. Google this diet and see what you think. There are many sites dedicated to this theory , some really stringent, some in moderation, but look at it and see what you think.

KEEPYOURPOWER

11/11/2012 3:15:47 PM

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Got cut off ..here is the rest
nflamed left hip...it would really be appreciated!

Money is tight for us all. But the government says I am not eligible for disability payments because I have not worked 5 of the last 10 years ..putting money into SS. Hey how can I? I have tried to work. I just cannot..outside the home. The porphyria was the big factor back then. I cannot be in the sun for very long. I do not have a college education..but am self learned. My alimony will run out soon, and I will be homeless then. So I truly need to get this body in the best shape I can. I also cannot take many drugs. Especially the newer ones. So medication is out. It all must be natural.

Oh! And with Obamacare coming soon...I will be one of those put in jail for not paying the huge taxes, and not able to find insurance. So...at least I will have 3 hots and cot! And I won't have to pay $30k a year in insurance, with a $30k deductible.... and taxes. So I guess there is an upside to being put in the penitentiary. Let's just hope the inmates do not find out I was once a police officer!

Sad isn't it? A person cannot help what they have inherited...yet they are imprisoned for it!!! I am a good person, I do not smoke, drink alcohol, (can't with porphyria anyway) and do not do drugs. I just stay home mostly, and try to take care of myself. I am a people person and this is just killing me.

Help!

KEEPYOURPOWER

11/11/2012 3:09:13 PM

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I just had a 12 hour fasting glucose test. It was 137. They said the normal was only as high as 99. So ..since my doctor never got back to me...I am guessing I have Type 2. I also had other tests done. Seems I am hypothyroid too. Because of those symptoms...losing hair, not being able to sleep, dry, brittle, splitting nails...I went to see the doc, and paid the exorbitant price to walk in the door. I do not have health insurance. I have to save money to see the doc. I still need to see a dentist.

I also have Acute Intermittent Porphyria. And Guess what the natural thing to do is..when you feel an attack coming on? Eat Carbs and Sugars. Because of the porphryia, I now weigh 230. I did weigh 240, but since I got the results of the test I have lost 10 pounds. But I live in a vicious circle. Do not eat carbs and sugars..because I probably have diabetes...or eat carbs and sugars to keep the Porph monster at bay? And then the thyroid? And possible kidney problems according to the blood tests. There do not seem to be doctors who care enough to sit down with me, to figure this out. So I am going to try a naturopath. She is my last chance.

I have many other disabilities that keep me from doing strenuous exercise..so I do my best by stretching and light exercises on the bed, and using the wall, and doorway. I KNOW I need to do strength training. I do not have the money to go to a gym. I have a TOTAL GYM at home, but it is gathering dust. Why? Because almost all the exercises I have seen on the tapes are using your knees. I broke one badly years ago as a police officer and now can hardly walk. I surely cannot put my body weight on it or do squats. I have tried contacting the people at Total Gym, but cannot get through to anyone who cares.

If anyone has some ideas on what I can do to lose this weight..I can not lose over 10% at time, due to the porphyria...already had the beginnings of an attack...but thwarted that one off....and also how to exercise when you have severe arthritis, scoliosis of the lower spine, a bad right knee, and an inflamed left hip...it would really be appreciated!

Money is tight for us all. But the government says I am not eligible for disability payments because I have not worked 5 of the last 10 years ..putting money into SS. Hey how can I? I have tried to work. I just cannot..outside the home. The porphyria was the big factor back then. I cannot be in the sun for very long. I do not have a college education..but am self learned. My alimony will run out soon, and I will be homeless then. So I truly need to get this body in the best shape I can. I also cannot take many drugs. Especially the newer ones. So medication is out. It all must be natural.

Oh! And with Obamacare coming soon...I will be one of those put in jail for not paying the huge taxes, and not able to find insurance. So...at least I will have 3 hots and cot! And I won't have to pay $30k a year in insurance, with a $30k deductible.... and taxes. So I guess there is an upside to being put in the penitentiary. Let's just hope the inmates do not find out I was once a police officer!

Sad isn't it? A person cannot help what they have inherited...yet they are imprisoned for it!!! I am a good person, I do not smoke, drink alcohol, (can't with porphyria anyway) and do not do drugs. I just stay home mostly, and try to take care of myself. I am a people person and this is just killing me.

Help!

BLUE42DOWN

11/11/2012 12:56:13 PM

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I found the title of this article just a bit deceptive. What really causes Diabetes 2? Right in the first paragraph all it does is state sugar doesn't (which I'm certainly proof of) and that "Actually, the cause is still unknown ..." Risk factors =/= causation. Avoiding all risk factors that can be changed in one's lifestyle is not a guarantee of becoming immune to or getting rid of diabetes.

Also, I would throw in a comment on sugar. Personal anecdote-wise, I'm proof that eating tremendous amounts of sugar does NOT give someone diabetes. BUT, given the silent nature of many of diabetes symptoms, there is a huge danger that someone not yet diagnosed could be exacerbating the hidden damage - hastening along things like damage to the eyes and damage to the extremities (leading to amputation), and making it considerably more difficult for them to adjust after a diagnosis.

We don't have to become frothing at the mouth health nuts and avoid sugar like poison, perhaps even extending that to anything like white bread that converts rapidly. We do need to rein in dietary excesses and make sure we're properly nourishing our body with a variety of nutrients. A sugary treat can be a small portion of our planned nutritional allotment, but shouldn't be the main feature at multiple meals.

WOUBBIE

11/11/2012 9:17:05 AM

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I am flabbergasted that there is not a single mention of insulin resistance in this article. Try this one then:

"High plasma levels of insulin and glucose due to insulin resistance are a major component of the metabolic syndrome. If insulin resistance exists, more insulin needs to be secreted by the pancreas. If this compensatory increase does not occur, blood glucose concentrations increase and type 2 diabetes occurs."

That's a summary based on information that's readily available at this site:

http://www.medicinenet.com/insulin_resis
tance/page2.htm

What causes your blood glucose levels (and therefore your insulin levels) to rise? Sugar and starch. Cut them and watch your blood glucose levels normalize. You may have inherited a genetic TENDENCY to develop Type 2 but it's more than likely your LIFESTYLE that has triggered its onset. Change the lifestyle and you quite likely will change the outcome.

Did I mention that insulin is also the hormone that's most responsible for causing fat to be stored rather than burned? Yup. It's indisputable, a fact found in every Biochemistry text. It's what allows you to become fat, particularly in the midsection.

HHKENDRICK

11/11/2012 7:09:04 AM

I'm currently reading a book "Start with Food" that suggests diabetes is attributed to chronic inflammation in the body caused by our nutritional choices. I'm a believer. I have a friend that came of their diabetes medication by adhering to to the recommendations in the book.

DOINITRIGHT2012

11/11/2012 3:33:30 AM

I had learned recently that Type II Diabetes is also caused by autoimmune disease, especially Polyendocrine Autoimmune disease. I wish I had know this earlier. It is never written in the "causes" or in the risk factors. So much for seeking information. I had to get into medical journals to find this out. :(

TALLNSLIM2

7/30/2012 10:49:01 AM

Just remember every-body its almost always about your carbs. It takes me a long time to buy my groceries, for reading about how many carbs in certain foods!! I think the SparksPeople' will help qiute a bit!! A big Thanks so far!!

TALLNSLIM2

7/30/2012 10:43:31 AM

Hi--- I'm 53yrs old & have had type 2 diabetes since i was 35 have been on Metformin 1000 mg tablets (2)twice a day,but now am off,I only take insulin now,Humalog before meals only if the #----numbers are high & 55 to 60 units at bed-time! My blood sugars are usually around the 89 --to 101 range in the morns.

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