What causes diabetes?

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Registered: 01-23-2013
What causes diabetes?
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Thu, 01-31-2013 - 11:08am

What is the cause of diabetes? My mother insists that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. She is constantly on my back about eating sweets. I am not overweight and I don't really gorge on sweets or anything but every time I stick a cookie or something in my mouth she starts in on me about sugar diabetes.

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Registered: 04-30-2000
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 12:34am

Hi and welcome to the board. After reading your post, I am curious. By any chance is your mother diabetic or another family member? Diabetes can be inherited.... Wondering if that could be the reason she is on you about eating sugar....

There are thin diabetics. More are heavier who are diagnosed but that is not the sole factor. Another question, are you active? I know I have asked more questions than I have answered. Just trying to figure out where your mother is coming from with that. lol

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Registered: 01-23-2013
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 9:36am

My grandmother had diabetes. She was very heavy and baked often so my mother insists it was the sweets that caused it.

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 11:58pm

There are a good number of things which cause or make type 2 diabetes worse. Genetics is one cause. Obesity and lack of exercise are two more and they also make diabetes worse. It is more the amount of what you eat than what you eat which effects diabetes. Let me explain a little more. Sugar is just a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to rise. Some carbohydrates cause your sugar to rise more quickly than others but all raise it the same amount. Type 2 diabetes starts 12-20 years before it is diagnosed and the damage from it starts then. In type 2 diabetes your pancreas makes insulin, often huge amounts, trying to keep your blood sugar at a normal level. But as diabetes progresses your body isn't able to utilize the insulin it makes (insulin resistance) and your blood sugar keeps getting higher and higher until you become diabetic. This is a simplified answer.

Because your mother is the daughter of a diabetic she needs to be checked more frequently to make sure that she isn't diabetic. And all of you need to keep your weight as close to normal as possible and to develop an exercise program which provides 30 minutes of exercise per day, everyday. These are the current guidelines for preventing diabetes.

So are you and your mom over weight? Do you get any exercise regularly? Do you eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day? Do you drink regular soft drinks and eat fast food? If you can answer these questions we can help you better understand how to prevent the development of diabetes.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 9:43am

I been wonderign about it too. Me and my kids are convinced their dad might have diabetes but he wont go to the doctor. He says why go looking for trouble. His breath smells like he has been drinking some times and my daughter says that is a symptom. He is a christian man who does not drink and gets mad when we say he smells like alcohol. He is getting worse and is always sick now with stomach trouble like heartburn. He says it is part of aging but he is 49 so i dont think that is the case. Stubborn man i am afraid i am gong to get off work one day and find him on the floor. One of the ladies said to make an appointment with the doctor and tell him it is done so i am gojng to do that.

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Registered: 04-30-2000
Wed, 02-13-2013 - 9:03am

If you make the appointment, will he go? One of the most frustrating things is that you can't make someone take care of themselves, they must want to... Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 05-04-2013 - 6:15pm
Sugar causes diabetes is a myth, Diabetes II is so different than I too.

 

 

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Registered: 05-16-2012
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 1:36pm

You can help prevent diabetes by eating a healthy diet with plenty fruits and vegetables and by liimiting carbohydrates.  You can learn more with Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010: http://www.ask.hrsa.gov/detail_materials.cfm?ProdID=4633