The Silent Killer

Before getting into the main cause of diabetes type 2 let me answer the following question.

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What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas fails to provide the insulin needed or it doesn’t work well enough to break down the glucose.

When the glucose isn’t properly broken down, your body’s cells are not able to use it. When that happens, the effects can wreak havoc. The unused glucose then stays in the bloodstream.

Does this mean that a person can be born with Type 2 diabetes?

No. The main cause of this type of diabetes is eating more food than the body can use. This leads to the excess food being stored by the body as extra fat. Each pound of weight gained in turn then compounds the problem.

There are many symptoms of diabetes. Eight of them are very common.

Over-Fueling the Pancreas

The pancreas is designed to utilize the food given and turn it fuel. This fuel allows the body to accomplish the day to day living. By giving the pancreas too much fuel, it can eventually become overloaded and unable to keep up with the demand.

It’s the same concept as if you were planning a road trip. You head to the gas station to fill up your car’s sixteen gallon tank. Only you discover the gas is cheap and looks pretty good so you’re going to put twenty gallons in instead.

What happens when you keep pouring the gas in even after the full mark is reached?

The excess fuel spills out onto the pavement because the car can’t hold all the fuel.  With Type 2 diabetes, the excess fuel that stays in your bloodstream is dangerous both short term and long term.

Effects of High Levels of Glucose

Internal organs are then affected by the high levels of glucose and complications such as nerve damage or heart attacks can occur. These complications don’t happen overnight but often take years before any significant damage happens. 

Type 2 diabetes has been referred to as ‘the silent killer’ because many people have the disease and don’t realize it.

Eat healthy and take care,

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