More people are being diagnosed with diabetes every day. Think about your social circle. Among them, there is most likely at least one who has diabetes. And if not, then they either know or are related to someone who has it. It is incredibly common in the western world (and beyond it). There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetics are insulin dependent. It can occur at any time in a person’s life. Type 2 is usually called adult onset diabetes because it occurs in adulthood and these diabetics are not insulin dependent. Here are a few of the major causes of these different types of the disease.
While Type 1 diabetes is not typically passed down from generation to generation, having a genetic predisposition for it is not totally unheard of. It is rare that a person will contract Type 1 diabetes just because his father had it. It’s not common but it does occur. So if anyone in your family has type 1 diabetes be sure to discuss it with your doctor. While you can’t really fight genetics, it can’t hurt to stay as healthy as possible.
Believe it or not, sometimes environmental factors can induce Type 1 diabetes. For example, a viral infection can lead to a person developing Type 1 diabetes. Not every viral infection out there will cause a person to develop diabetes. If you weren’t born with diabetes but currently have the condition, then a viral infection may be how you developed it. Because viral infections are fairly common, this can be rather scary. But seeking medical attention when you don’t feel well can reduce the risk. Don’t be fooled by a “simple” condition; anything can develop from there.
Another factor that contributes to Type 1 diabetes is ethnicity. Those with ancestors from Northern Europe are more inclined to develop this condition. People of Finnish and Sardinian descent are especially susceptible. After these two groups, the next most susceptible groups are African Americans and Hispanic Americans. Diabetes is incredibly rare in people of Asian descent. This is one factor that you have no control over. This is a factor that you will have to live with because obviously it can not be changed.
Every day, new cases of diabetes are diagnosed. Although scientists say that a small percentage of the population is affected by diabetes, it seems every one knows at least one person living with this condition. To be safe, consult your doctor if you feel you might be at risk. They should be able to help you assess the causes currently affecting you and how to deal with them. There are ways to decrease your odds of developing diabetes, although it can’t always be avoided.