Doctors are unsure of what causes the body to not recognize or be able to produce sufficient amounts of insulin. What is known, however, is that if a person has close family members that have been diagnosed with diabetes, their risk of a diagnosis is much higher. Injuries to the pancreas, an illness that affects how the pancreas functions, or how the hormones in the body are used, may also increase a person's risk of diabetes. Someone who consumes an excessive amount of sugar can also be at risk of receiving a diabetes diagnosis. At a person's yearly checkup, the doctor may be able to identify potential problems that may indicate pre-diabetes. If this occurs steps may be taken to help lower the patient's risk.
Individuals who are diagnosed with diabetes later in life may be able to control their diabetes by modifying their lifestyle. If a person's diabetes is not easily controlled with oral medications, changing a person's diet may be able to help. Eliminating sugary foods and replacing them with healthier foods is the first step. It is also important to remove foods that are full of additives and preservatives. Additives and preservatives can cause the digestive system to become sluggish and weak. This inhibits the body's ability to absorb nutrients properly and can actually affect how the body utilizes sugar and fats.
Exercise has a beneficial impact on diabetes. Muscles require glucose to function properly. The more muscle a person has the more glucose will be burnt as the body maintains balance. During exercise, muscles are used to move the body. As a person becomes stronger, more and more muscle is created. The additional muscle can help to lower glucose levels in the blood, decreasing the severity of diabetes. If a person begins to exercise on a daily basis, the muscles will begin to burn more and more glucose keeping levels within the blood stream at a more manageable level and maybe even decreasing the amount of insulin that is needed.
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