How Do You Get Type 2 Diabetes?
Did You Know That Diabetes Type 2, Considered A
Lifestyle Disease, Is Strongly Linked to High Blood Pressure,
High Cholesterol and Excess Weight?
So, How Do You Get Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition where you have too much glucose, a type of
sugar, in your blood.
In type 2 diabetes, when your insulin levels are low, the liver breaks down
stored glycogen into glucose to keep your glucose level within a normal
range. Instead of moving into your cells, sugar builds up in your
Generally, there are two main types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 2
is the most common form of diabetes, affecting about 90% of those
suffering with diabetes. While it is more common in adults, type 2 diabetes is
increasingly affecting children as the incidence of childhood obesity
It is the combination of genetic and environmental factors that may result in
type 2 diabetes. Although there is a strong genetic predisposition, your risk
is greatly increased by lifestyle conditions, such as suffering high blood
pressure, being overweight, getting insufficient physical activity, eating a
poor diet and having an ‘apple shaped’ body where extra weight is carried
around the waist.
Type 2 diabetes is described by doctors as a ‘lifestyle disease’ because it is
more common in people who do insufficient physical activity and are
overweight or obese. Diabetes 2 is strongly associated with high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and an ‘apple’ body shape, where excess weight
is carried around the waist. Type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin
dependent diabetes or mature onset diabetes.
While doctors know the causes of type 2 diabetes and that it can mostly be
prevented, there is no cure for diabetes at the moment.
The good news is type 2 diabetes can often be managed with healthy
eating and regular physical activity. However, over time most people
suffering type 2 diabetes may also require treatment to help insure fewer
complications in the long-term.
Increasingly, diabetics are finding symptom relief with natural far infrared
therapies which are effective, safe, even for long term treatment and very
affordable. Importantly, far infrared therapy can assist to gently care for the
sensations of soreness, tingling or burning in your feet and hands, protect
delicate skin from abrasions and improve localized circulation.
What Is The Cause of Type 2 Diabetes?
While there is no single cause of type 2 diabetes, there are well-established
risk factors. Some of these you can control and some cannot. It is important
you consult with your doctor for individual advice to suit your personal
You are at a higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes if you:
~ have a family history of diabetes
~ are over 55 years of age as the risk increases with age
~ are overweight
~ have high blood pressure
~ are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background
~ are over 35 years of age and Pacific Islander, Indian or Chinese
~ are a woman who had gestational diabetes when pregnant.
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