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What causes diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes seen in adults, and the official research points mainly to a sendentary lifestyle, poor diet and obesity.

However, the underlying cause - some researchers believe - points to a prime suspect: that is, high sugar content in the foods and especially the high calorie soft drinks we consume.

Faced with high levels of sugar, the pancreas has to secrete large amounts of insulin into the bloodstream which helps convert the sugar to energy (commonly, a "sugar rush") used by the body's tissues.

Research points mainly to
sugary drinks, junk food, and
starches as major culprits
behind the growing rise
of diabetes and obesity.

With regular overconsumption of sugar, the pancreas eventually becomes overworked and unable to produce enough insulin to match the sugar entering the system. The result? Dangerously high blood sugar levels, a hallmark of diabetes.

While researchers work to find the definitive cause of diabetes, a balanced diet and exercise remain one of the best preventatives against the disease, which as grown to epidemic proportions in the U.S. wherein an estimated 20 million Americans are now diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

More uncommonly, Type 1 or juvenile diabetes usually develops in children or young adults, which scientist studies reveal may be due to autoimmune or genetic factors.

Gestational diabetes is thought to be caused by weight gain and high hormonal activity - leading to abnormal blood sugar levels - sometimes seen during pregnancy.

More about diabetes causes around the Web:

On the Web, find out more about the causes of diabetes in all its forms including current research and information relating to diet, obesity, genetics, as well as age and ethnicity:


dLife - All About Diabetes - Find easily digested facts & information on typical causes, genetic factors, ethnicity and gestational diabetes, insulin, diet, and related topics.

What Causes Diabetes During Pregnancy? - The topic briefly discussed with information on how it happens, who is most at risk, facts on glucose tests, and related resources

Diabetes Myths - No, it's not contagious - and other commonly held (but erroneous) beliefs about diabetes explained, from the American Diabetes Association.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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