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How can a person get type 2 diabetes?

How can a person get type 2 diabetes?

Insulin resistance: A big part of the problem is resistance to insulin's normal actions develops. Insulin resistance is affected by body composition, diet, activity. With sedentary lifestyle, more body fat, higher weight/obesity comes more resistance to Insulin and higher blood sugars. Eating healthy, exercising, losing weight, building muscle can all prevent or delay type 2 diabetes from developing. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Is diabetes genetic? I think i may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should i get tested?

Is diabetes genetic? I think i may be diabetic, my mom just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I have two symptoms of it. Should i get tested?

Type II diabetes: There is a strong heritable component of diabetes, especially type ii. I don't know what symptoms you are currently experiencing, but the classic ones are polyuria, polydipsia, nocturia, and polyphagia. If you have symptoms, you should be screened with a hemoglobin a1c blood test or fasting plasma glucose test; especially if you are obese, or have additional risk factors besides family history. ...Read more

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Should a person never got angry on a person who has type 2 diabetes & how to control our nerves not to get angry?

Should a person never got angry on a person who has type 2 diabetes & how to control our nerves not to get angry?

Communication?: if your partner is sick or has diabetes this calls for compassion and understanding. Try to treat your partner the way you would prefer to be treated if you had diabetes and had to manage your own diet. The best way to control nerves is communicate better and show some empathy. Seek counseling if you need further help. ...Read more

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Why did I get type 2 diabetes?

Why did I get type 2 diabetes?

Not sure: Diabetes tends to run in families, so ifanyone in your family had diabetes, that's probably why you have it. It is also more common in people who are obese (bmi over 30) and people over the age of 50. ...Read more

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Could someone still get type 2 diabetes if they exercise regularly - almost to the stage of obsessive exercising?

Could someone still get type 2 diabetes if they exercise regularly - almost to the stage of obsessive exercising?

The data don't lie: Hi. If this exercise fiend you describe has diagnostic glucose testing, then they have diabetes. Don't forget, healthy lifestyle reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, but has no bearing on developing type 1 diabetes. So yeah, this exercise fanatic could have diabetes (and there's a peak of type 1 in the 30-40 age range). ...Read more

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Is it true that if you eat too much sugar you're more likely to get type 2 diabetes, is this especially true in children?

Is it true that if you eat too much sugar you're more likely to get type 2 diabetes, is this especially true in children?

No evil in sugar: There is nothing evil about sugar, which has been implicated in countless health problems over the years. Sugar is not the problem; calories are. (this goes for high-fructose corn syrup, as well.) too many calories makes one overweight. Being overweight leads to Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The solution is eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. ...Read more

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How many years does it take to burn out the pancreas and get type 2 diabetes?

How many years does it take to burn out the pancreas and get type 2 diabetes?

Usually many years: Most studies indicate that it takes decades of preceding Insulin resistance/high Insulin levels before the pancreas burns out to result in t2 diabetes. However, we are seeing t2 diabetes in children and teenagers who have not had decades of life to accomplish this. Thus, the rate of pancreas burn out and rate of progression to t2 diabetes can vary. Pre-diabetes is an indicator that you are close. ...Read more