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Type 2 Diabetes: Causes Beyond Poor Diet


Published September 4, 2018

Many believe the sole culprit for type 2 diabetes to be bad health choices such as poor diet. This is true to an extent, but there are other factors involved as well, including hormones. Insulin is a hormone in the body responsible for transporting sugar from food to the cells to use as energy. When the body develops insulin resistance, or doesn’t use insulin as it should, the blood sugar rises and can lead to type 2 diabetes. Other hormones play a part as well. Cortisol, a stress hormone, can cause insulin resistance when elevated, and growth hormone also promotes insulin resistance when its levels reach too high. Finally, thyroid hormones, when thrown off balance, can lead to difficulty regulating blood sugar. All of these hormones can be affected and thrown off balance, contributing to the health concerns that lead to type 2 diabetes. For this reason, going to your physician to discuss diet plans and to keep an eye on your hormone levels is an important step in avoiding diabetes. Read more…

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