Causes of diabetes

Asked by Shreyaj | 22nd Mar, 2009, 08:44: PM

Expert Answer:

The causes of diabetes are:

 

  • Hereditary or Inherited Traits : It is strongly believed that due to some genes which passes from one generation to another, a person can inherit diabetes. It depends upon closeness of blood relationship. If both the parents are diabetic, the child has much greater risk for diabetes.

 

  • Age : Increased age is a factor which gives more possibility than in younger age. This disease may occur at any age, but 80% of cases occur after 50 year, incidences increase with the age factor.

 

  • Poor Diet (Malnutrition Related Diabetes) : Improper nutrition, low protein and fiber intake, high intake of refined products are the expected reasons for developing diabetes.

 

  • Obesity and Fat Distribution : Being overweight means increased insulin resistance.

 

  • Sedentary Lifestyle : People with sedentary lifestyle are more prone to diabetes. Those who exercise thrice a week, are at low risk of falling prey to diabetes.

 

  • Stress : Either physical injury or emotional disturbance is frequently blamed as the initial cause of the disease. Any disturbance in Cortiosteroid or ACTH therapy may lead to clinical signs of the disease.

 

  • Drug Induced: Clozapine (Clozaril), olanzapine (Zyprexa), risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel) and ziprasidone (Geodon) are known to induce this disease.

 

  • Infection : Some of the strephylococci is suppose to be responsible factor for infection in pancreas.

 

  • Sex : Diabetes is commonly seen in elderly especially males but, strongly in women and those females with multiple pregnancy or suffering from (PCOS) Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

 

  • Hypertension : It had been reported in many studies that there is direct relation between high systolic pressure and diabetes.

 

  • Serum lipids and lipoproteins : High triglyceride and cholesterol level in the blood is related to high blood sugars, in some cases it has been studied that risk is involved even with low HDL levels in circulating blood.

Answered by  | 24th Mar, 2009, 10:16: AM

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