Type 2 diabetes is when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the cells become resistant to the insulin products. Insulin is responsible for transferring the sugars in the blood stream in to the cells for use as energy. Because insulin is a necessary agent of the body in utilizing glucose for energy, it becomes apparent that insulin resistance is a problem.
As for how I wound up with type 2 diabetes, I’m sure it was an accumulation of many factors. There is a strong genetic link as it tends to run in families. My dad and my brother both have type 2 diabetes so I should have been more cautious and aware about my health status.
Other primary causes of type 2 diabetes include being overweight, which actually plays a signification role in developing type 2 diabetes as four out of five people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. I am not skinny by any means necessary and am probably borderline obese; standing at 6’3 and 250lb probably played a role.
My overall eating habits were subpar at best consisting of a diet that was heavy in saturated fats, sugars and fast food. I would have multiple sodas a day to go with my fast food selections. Apparently studies have shown that eating a diet of refined foods and beverages that are calorie-dense such as soda, fruit juice and fast foods play a significant role for increasing the chances of type 2 diabetes.
To be honest though, there isn’t one certain thing that I did that caused me to become a type 2 diabetic. Rather it was an accumulation of things such as my genetic disposition, my lack of exercise and my poor eating habits. The only thing that I can do now in regards to my disease is to manage it by becoming active about educating myself about diabetes and finding betters ways to manage it such as eating properly, being active and exercising, and checking in with my primary care physician regularly.