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Diabetes is a group of disorders characterized by chronic high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) due to the body's failure to produce any or enough insulin to regulate high glucose levels. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, which often occurs in children or adolescents, is caused by the body's inability to make insulin or type 2 diabetes, which occurs as a result of the body's inability to react properly to insulin (insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent than type 1 diabetes and is therefore seen in roughly 90% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is predominantly diagnosed after the age of forty, however, it is now being found in all age ranges, including children and adolescents. The impact of diabetes goes beyond chronic hyperglycemia. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness (diabetic retinopathy), end stage kidney diseases (diabetic nephropathy) and non-traumatic lower extremity amputations (diabetic neuropathy) in working-age adults. People with diabetes are also two to four times more likely to experience cardiovascular complications and strokes. Diabetes and its related complications result in an estimated 200,000+ deaths each year Continue reading >>

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  1. luvscoco99

    How did I get the diabetes in the first place?

    Does being overweight for your size "make" you get the disease?
    How does a person end up getting it, if it is not genetically in your family?
    The only person who I know who had it, was my great uncle..and that's it!! Why would I have gotten it? I am heavier than I am supposed to be..I am actually about 70 to 80 pounds heavier than I should be...I heard that the weight doesn't "make" you get diabetes...well, what does?
    Does anybody care to share?
    thank you!!!

  2. messenger

    hello luvscoco
    i am not an expert, but in my own case i put it down to my age and being overweight with a high carb diet, i was also in a very stressfull relationship which i am positive did help at all.

  3. Wasabi

    I agree - I have a genetic predisposition but years on a high carb diet and lots of stress didn't help. Finallly I cut back on exercise and that's when I became pre-diabetic and was put on metformin.
    Re: weight and diabetes - I just read a book that suggested maybe rather than overweight being a cause of diabetes, maybe instead it is a SYMPTOM of diabetes/insulin resistance (Type 2). That's been true in my case; I have only recently put on weight. Luckily it's starting to come off now!

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