Diabetes has paralyzed the human race in different ways. The omnipresence of diabetes is alarming.
Globally, in 2017, 425 million people had diabetes including 82 million people in the SEA Region; by 2045 this will rise to 151 million. There were over 72 million cases of diabetes in India in 2017.
At an individual level given the mood swings, depression and the increase in healthcare costs, the emotional and financial ramifications of diabetes are unnerving.
Given that the prevalence of diabetes has increased exponentially over the last few years, it becomes extremely important to know and understand what causes diabetes.
While the specific causes of diabetes are not known, the following factors may increase your chance of getting diabetes:
- Family history of diabetes or inherited tendency
- Being overweight (20 percent or more over your desired body weight)
- Physical stress (such as surgery or illness)
- Use of certain medications, including steroids and blood pressure medications
- Injury to the pancreas (such as infection, tumor, surgery, or accident)
- Autoimmune disease
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Age (risk increases with age)
- Alcohol (risk increases with years of heavy alcohol use)
- History of gestational diabetes
Do any of these probable causes correspond to you or anybody in your family?
If yes, then get your diabetes diagnosis tests done TODAY!