One of the most common questions asked by people is,

‘can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar’?

The question may sound logical, but the answer is no. Consuming sugar won’t directly cause diabetes but its excess will make you gain weight. Overweight and obesity will significantly increase your risk of developing diabetes. So that makes it a yes. In the long run.

Many people don’t really understand what diabetes is and how 30 million Americans are affected by it today!

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is an endocrine disorder. That means it occurs due to a hormonal imbalance, which in this case is insulin. Normally the pancreas produces insulin that helps glucose (derived from the food you eat) get into the cells so it can be used to produce energy. In diabetes, insulin production is low or none at all. Like this, blood glucose (blood sugar) levels begin to rise.

A persistently elevated blood sugar level, overtime, can cause a variety of health problems. The next question that naturally follows is,

What is diabetes type 2?

Being the most common type of diabetes, it can occur at any age, but typically occurs in adulthood. The pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of insulin and the cells exhibit insulin resistance. A term that is self-explanatory. The cells kind of give up and stop the uptake of glucose altogether.

So, with all this mayhem going on inside your body, diabetes will manifest in certain signs and symptoms that you should know about!

Signs and symptoms of diabetes:


  • Feeling thirsty most of the time

  • Peeing more often, especially during the night

  • Irritability

  • Dizzy spells

  • Heart rate: 70-90 bpm (studies show that individuals with a resting heart rate above 85 have a greater chance of developing DM)

  • Palpitations


  • Delayed wound healing

  • Tingling in the hands and feet

  • Recurrent yeast infections in females

  • Blurred vision

  • Stomach or digestion problems

  • Chest pain (angina) secondary to DM

How is diabetes diagnosed?

In addition to the above symptoms, certain lab tests need to be carried out such as:

  • Random blood sugar level ≥200 mg/dL. At any time of the day, preferably at least 2-3 hours after a meal.

  • Fasting blood sugar level ≥126 mg/dL. You should not have eaten for at least 8 hours.

  • HBA1C ≥6.5 percent. Taken on at least 2 separate occasions is enough to render a diagnosis.

If you think you can cheat the test by behaving that day and not eat anything out of proportion, then you’re mistaken! HBA1C level is indicative of how your sugar levels have been for the past 6 -8 months! Gotcha there, huh?

What causes diabetes type 2?

‘What are the causes of diabetes’ is a question that has probably been answered more times than it has been asked.

There is a combination of factors that influences the development of diabetes, the most important being genetics and an unhealthy lifestyle.

A brief look at poor lifestyle choices:

  • Insufficient physical activity.

A lack of exercise contributes to weight gain for one. Two, leading a sedentary life doesn’t help with digestion or metabolism either. There are several studies on the positive impact of exercise on the body, including keeping your sugar levels at bay.

  • Unhealthy dietary habits.

Candy, pastries, cakes, snacks high in salt content may cause a spike in blood sugar level. Some experts say processed food in general contributes to insulin resistance later on in life. Again, weight gain is a given too!

  • Overweight/ Obesity.

This is by far the most important risk factor as evidence suggest, the bigger the waistline, the bigger the risk. All that belly fat leads to insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels.

So, even though you may have a gene mutation that may cause diabetes, if you eat well, exercise and maintain your weight within a healthy range, you may not develop diabetes at all!

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How is diabetes prevented?

The prevention of diabetes can only be achieved through halting the causes of diabetes in its tracks before they become problematic. That sounds pretty straight-forward, doesn’t it?

Here are some pointers on how you can make those changes without it feeling like too much work.

  • Walk to the local market to run your errands

  • If you have to take the car, park it at a distance from your destination and walk there

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator

  • Try adding a couple of aerobic moves while you do chores around your house, like squats, crunches, and sit-ups

  • If you don’t like the gym, take up a sport like swimming, tennis, soccer. Anything that will keep you moving

It’s not that tough if you don’t really think about it. A healthy life today means a better tomorrow. Try these tips and you’ll feel lighter, fresher 35 and better than you’ve ever been!

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