Why Is Diabetes On The Rise? Can It Be Reversed?


Recent studies sponsored by UK charity Diabetes UK have revealed that cases of type 2 diabetes have doubled in the last 30 years. However, improvements in diet have actually seen a fall in the cases of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This poses the question, what is causing the increasing rates of diabetes?

It seems that although there have been some general improvements in heart health due to successful health campaigns to encourage people to eat less saturated fat and less salt, the overall picture is that people are still eating too much in general. A combination of inactivity and rising rates of obesity has led to an increase in the rates of type 2 diabetes. But there is a problem with blaming obesity and lack of exercise.

Type 2 diabetes is thought to be a mostly genetic disease and it tends to run in families. This means that the genes which make someone more susceptible to diabetes have always been present which tends to indicate that diabetes really is caused by weight issues and poor diet.

In the last 50-60 years since the end of the Second World War the average western diet has become much more reliant on sugar and foods high on the glycemic index. It is thought that the volume of sugar combined with the pressures of increased fat accumulation can trigger the symptoms of diabetes, that is to say an increase in fat stored and pressure on the pancreas to keep producing more and more insulin to process the sugar could cause a failure in the system.

The main problem with type 2 diabetes is that it can go unnoticed for years. Some people suffer for 15 years before a diagnosis is made as many of the symptoms are mild to start with. Many people are unaware they are diabetic until they suffer a major heart attack or stroke. One of the health problems caused by diabetes is damage to blood vessels. This slow but ongoing damage has been found to be a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. Other symptoms that lead to diagnosis are failing eyesight and reduced sensitivity in the hands and feet which are all caused by nerve damage.

Diabetes can be treated but never cured. When caught early on treatments can help people to lead long and relatively healthy lives. However, if left undiagnosed serious damage can occur to the body and this damage is irreparable.

To avoid developing diabetes the best solution is to follow a healthy lifestyle. This means consuming a healthy diet and taking regular exercise so that you manage to keep a healthy body weight. Ideally your BMI (body mass index) should remain between 19 and 25. This may seem a hard task for many people but the only way to really fight off diabetes is the follow such a healthy lifestyle.

Diabetes is becoming the most common serious disease and as the human population grows older there are more and more cases developing. Diabetes is like a ticking time bomb – the genes that make you likely to develop it have always been present, it is the modern lifestyle of fast food and cars which is causing so many cases to emerge.

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    One Response to “Why Is Diabetes On The Rise? Can It Be Reversed?”

    1. symptoms of diabetes Says:

      As you mentioned, sometimes there are no diabetes symptoms or they go unnoticed. That is why people who have high risk factors such as being overweight, over 45 years of age, physically inactive, having a family history, etc. should be tested for diabetes.

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