It’s Not Your Fault
What Causes Diabetes?
Metabolism refers to chemical reactions that take place inside the cells of living organisms, a reaction that your cells need to be healthy.
For diabetics, when food is consumed, a metabolic breakdown of the body’s ability to process carbohydrates that turns food into energy results.
This causes impaired insulin secretion affecting both volume and/or effectiveness of the insulin produced by the body.
Without proper metabolism people with diabetes might experience fatigue and low energy, can have trouble sleeping, experience malaise or “just not feeling well” and sometimes have depression.
Diabetes is a genetic disease it’s not your fault.*
Diabetes is a progressive disease which can lead to serious complications, such as:
- Retinopathy (eye disease) and Blindness
- Neuropathy (nerve damage) or Hand and Foot Numbness
- Poor Wound Healing and Diabetic Ulcers leading to Amputation
- Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure
- Cardiovascular Disease (heart problems) and Stroke
- Skin Problems
- Gingivitis and Periodontitis (dental gum inflammation and disease)
- Low Energy/Depression
- Erectile Dysfunction
Upon progression of the disease, if not treated properly, these complications may cause a greater risk of an early death.
*Scientists have linked several gene mutations to a higher diabetes risk. While not everyone who carries a mutation will get diabetes, many diabetics have one or more of these mutations. Behavioral factors such as high fat diets and sedentary lifestyles can also be a factor. Environmental factors could include chronic exposure to organic land pollutants (pesticides, herbicides) which disturbs glucose metabolism and induces insulin resistance and air pollution such as traffic-related particulate matter (PM) and Nitrous oxide (NO2) associated with higher incidence of T2D. Rev Diabet Stud. 2012 Spring; 9(1):6-22.