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Causes of type 2 diabetes or Diabetes mellitus

Posted Aug 24 2010 4:22am
This type of diabetes  occurs in adults. Hence it is also called as adult-onset diabetes. It occurs when the body produces enough insulin but cannot utilize it effectively. Usually middle aged persons are affected by this condition. Let us observe the probable causes of type-2 diabetes.

1.Hereditary: Chances of a person developing diabetes are more if his mother or father or both are diabetic.

2.Nutrition: Poor eating habits lead to diabetes. Low intake of proteins and high intake of refined and junk food are the expected cause of diabetes.

3.Obesity: Increased body weight increases insulin resistance. One should watch the girth of waist. (Women below 35 inches. Men below 40 inches and BMI :between 20 and 25)

4.Lifestyle: People who lead a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to diabetes than persons who lead an active lifestyle with more physical work. (Exercising three days in a week is beneficial)

5.Age: Usually diabetes surfaces after 50 yrs. But over weight, sedentary lifestyle may lead to early onset of diabetes.

6.Stress : Anxiety and stress can cause diabetes.

Apart from these, infection of pancreas, hypertension, poly cystic ovarian syndrome and increased cholesterol may also cause diabetes

Ayurveda acharyas have mentioned the following causes for diabetes:

# Hereditary

# Poor nutrition

# Sedentary work

# Increased intake of sweets, starch, and other food which increase Kapha.

# Obesity

# Sleeping in daytime

# Increased consumption of red meat

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