Debunking Myth – The Only Cause Of Diabetes Is Excess Sugar June 9th, 2020
Don’t add sugar to your coffee, discard the word chocolates from your dictionary, cakes and pastries are not meant for you are some common darts that are directed towards diabetes patients.
Is Sugar intake the only component that makes a person prone to diabetes? Aren’t there other facets that need to be taken care of?
How medically sound is this statement? Let’s have a vigilant look!
What is type 1 and type 2 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes: (in about 5-10% patients) the condition in which the insulin-producing gland pancreas produces very little or no insulin.
Type 2 diabetes: (in about 90-95% patients) the type of diabetes in which the body either doesn’t produce insulin or the insulin so produced is not utilized properly.
Getting under the skins of sugar intake and its relationship with type 2 diabetes.
While it is true that high intake of added sugar may make you more prone to diabetes, sugar intake is not the only piece of the puzzle. There are many other associated factors — including overall diet, lifestyle and genetics that impacts your risk.
Several studies and research have been conducted to date but none of them present conclusive evidence that can establish the direct incidence of diabetes on account of sugar intake. But they present a vivid picture that factors like excess weight, family background, drinking habits, sedentary practices, irrational diet, etc. have a direct linkage to diabetes.
Factors that may make you prone to diabetes.
- Obesity and excessive fat deposits in the body:
It is by and large the most common risk factor but having said that there is no hard and fast rule that only obese people are incident to diabetes.
Any adolescent above the age of 45 is likely to be more prone to diabetes. However, in recent times, the average age is declining which is quite worrisome.
- Family history:
Beware! In case your parents or grandparents ever had diabetes, you might be prone too if you are not careful with your diet and lifestyle.
- Gestational diabetes:
You had diabetes at the time of your pregnancy? Have you given birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds (4 kilograms) or more? Then you are exposed to diabetes a bit higher than normal.
- Ethnic linkage:
Various researches conclude that people having roots attached to Hispanic/Latino Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, and Alaska natives are more prone to diabetes.
Few ways to mark yourself safe from type 2 diabetes
It’s always better not to send an invitation to evil. The following checklist will ensure that you efficiently mitigate the risk of being prone to type 2 diabetes.
- Keep your weight in check. If you are overweight, take necessary steps to reduce the fat percentage in your body.
- Regulate sugar and refined carbohydrates percentage in your diet. Eat a high fiber diet, complex carbohydrates, whole grains in a relatively smaller portion size.
- Exercise regularly, if not daily then on alternate days. Avoid sedentary practices.
- Keep a check on Vitamin D level as it is vital for blood sugar control.
- Put a bar on your alcohol consumption and quit smoking.
By and large, the consensus is of the view that one cannot transfer the entire blame for being prone to diabetes on sugar intake. Of course, sugar should be consumed in moderation,but the aforementioned factors pose a far greater threat to diabetes, and they need to be taken good care of.