Learn About Diabetes

Leading Cause of Death


Type I Diabetes

Type I Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to create insulin. Everything you eat generally turns into insulin in the pancreas. Individuals with Type I diabetes have a pancreas that does not function properly. At present there is no prevention for Type I Diabetes. As you see in the image the gentleman in the blue shirt is not obese and is actually quite thin. His diabetes is not caused by his eating habits.

Understanding Type II Diabetes

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Type II Diabetes

Type II Diabetes occurs when the body is unable react to the hormone correctly. While there is no cure, for diabetes, there is hope. Preventing Type II Diabetes can be done by eating properly, exercising regularly, and drinking plenty of water and other fluids. Here is my hub Resources for Diabetes Sufferers where you will find many helpful sites.

When a person becomes obese a cycle begins that eventually ends in diabetes. Obesity is caused by too much food, too little exercise, and drinking too little water. This is not the official diagnosis, but this in plain terms is what brings on the disease. Even people with full blown diabetes can turn their condition around with weight loss, exercise and drinking water.

For the type II diabetic, even small changes in diet and exercise make a big impact. A ten minute walk after meals coupled with a glass of water will bring glucose levels down much faster than when not exercising. Strict diet control and weight loss will make big changes in the body and health of the individual.

The person must review his or her situation and maintain strong discipline to change not only the eating habits but the lifestyle as well. There is no other way to make this change that will reverse or prevent onsent of Type II Diabetes in many people.


Some ethnic groups have a genetic predisposition for diabetes. Genetics plays a pivotal role in people who are in certain ethnic groups. While their genetic risk is stronger, environmental considerations make the greatest impact on the likelihood of contracting the disease. A western lifestyle and food is a strong indicator in the onset of type II diabetes for these risk groups. People in other countries with the same genetic indicators who do NOT live a Western lifestyle have less incidence of type II diabetes.

Family History


Family History and Age

Family history

Certain ethnic groups have higher risk factor for diabetes (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Pima Indians)

Age (advancing age offers greater risk)

If you fall into any or all of these three groups your risk is greater and although diet and exercise will impact and help you to control your diabetes, you are not likely to completely reverse the disease.

Seek medical advice from a qualified medical doctor. This information is offered as a guideline and for informational purposes only.

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Boxxies!

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boxxies 6 years ago

Great information.

It's good to be more aware of Diabetes 11


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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for this heads up, Medina112. I am going to find out what this condition is called. I need to knw this. Thanks for commenting.

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medina112 6 years ago

Your information is great....but for one small thing i just discovered this... there is a name for it but not sure what it is my gp. told me...if diabetes runs in the family it is a time bomb waiting to explode, sure diet and excerise helps but when something tiggers it off for example an bad shock or accident then your stuck with it (type 2), this happen to my partner...(and he is very health concience.)

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Receiving a diagnosis of diabetes is frightening for everyone...even someone who knows the score. Actually, I think it is worse because when you know what can happen you really do experience fear. A person with discipline can reverse or prevent the onset of Type II diabetes in many cases.

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glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

Thank you for this Hub! I've been thinking about this since my boyfriend's mom was just diagnosed, and I've been thinking about all the sugar I eat. :(

Cb3 6 years ago

Your illness is not of God and if you can see it, We are in the New Covenant. John 5:14-15, communion, keep believing and you will not know when was your healing - don't give it up, keep it up. To live under law is to live under a constant state of fear. That is Mt. Siania in the Old Testament, but it was something temporal. It's now completely antequated. God says you have come to Mt. Zion, where here Jesus says I will cloth the poor with bread, I will put on them righteousness. God doesn't want a relationship with you based on law, Old Testament. God has moved mountains and angels, we have come to the city of God, general assembly of God, you live in the resources of heaven. Amen. If the magistrates of heaven declare you righteous, YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS. If He says you are righteous, He must know something to declare you are righteous. And it's based on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Christ. Aren't you glad the voice of Jesus' blood speaks better things. It's telling you do not refuse when He says you are forgiven. If you have faith,knowing God will take care of you will put you on solid ground. Communion is a remembrance of Jesus on the cross, not your sins. Come with an appreciative heart for God, knowing your illness was already taken care of the cross. I know you knew that, dear. May the truth heal you and set you free. Of course I am praying for you. Very nice talking to you. Love, Clare Shalom

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, CB3 and keep me in your prayers. Please. I need it.

CB3 6 years ago

There are two problems in this world, Smireles, and that is excessive thinness and excessive heaviness (both because of the pancreas' transporting agents are coated with too much fat, trapping nutrition in our circulatory systems, where our exhaustion comes from). It has been proven that diabetes is curable (even Moses lived to be 120-years-old under the blood of bulls and goats . . . how much more you and I with the promises of the New Covenant). For those of us that can't behave the way of the blood of bulls and goats, we have the blood of Christ that says by His stripes we are healed. I'm sure you know the mother of all parables about the seed and the good ground. That is we believe and focus on Christ's broken body at the cross for us, try to eat well (I can never do that except in the face of pain), and with that rest in our hearts, healing happens that the Bible says we know not when it comes. Sozo sista in Christ

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you JCielo. Type 1 diabetes was known in earlier years as juvenile diabetes. They are different in cause so their treatment is different as well. We now know that Type 1 diabetes is not only for children. I have a friend who was diagnosed late in life and does not have a weight problem.

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JCielo 6 years ago from England

Really informative. I didn't know about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. My dad (who died several years ago) was a diabetic as long as I could remember, but from middle age he had had bad arthritis that prevented him exercising.

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Ann. I am a diabetic and trying to get my weight and exercise under control. I should say LACK OF EXERCISE under control. I am trying to get a grip on my lack of discipline and JUST DO IT! I never expect to enjoy it. I am blogging about my climb out of obesity at http://sandrasclimb-smireles.blogspot.com/

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I hear a lot about treating issues and preventing heart disease and the like but this is rare and VERY GOOD. I remember years ago a doctor thought i might be diabetic. Thankfully everything was okay but it's nice to know there are ways to prevent it! Good job, smireless!

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Smireles 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Pamela99!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

It is important to understand Type II diabetes so this was a good hub.

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