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Causes of Diabetes

Causes of Diabetes

Diabetes is caused by a defect in production or use of insulin, a hormone secreted from the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is caused by autoimmune-mediated destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is related to excess weight, inactivity, and a family history of (type 2) diabetes.

List of causes of Diabetes

Following is a list of causes or underlying conditions (see also Misdiagnosis of underlying causes of Diabetes) that could possibly cause Diabetes includes:

More causes:see full list of causes for Diabetes-like symptoms

Diabetes Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Diabetes:

Race Patterns for Diabetes Causes:

Racial Information for Diabetes: Prevalence of diabetes by race/ethnicity in people 20 years or older Non-Hispanic whites: 11.3 million.... (Source: excerpt from Diabetes Statistics in the United States: NIDDK) ...more »

Diabetes Causes: Male-Female Gender Ratio

Gender of Patients for Diabetes: About equal males and females....more »

Gender Profile of Diabetes: Prevalence of diabetes by sex in people 20 years or older* Men: 7.5 million. 8.2 percent of all men have diabetes. ... (Source: excerpt from Diabetes Statistics in the United States: NIDDK) ...more »

Diabetes: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Diabetes, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Diabetes:

Diabetes: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Diabetes: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Diabetes:

Causes of Broader Categories of Diabetes: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Diabetes as a complication of other conditions:

Other conditions that might have Diabetes as a complication may, potentially, be an underlying cause of Diabetes. Our database lists the following as having Diabetes as a complication of that condition:

Diabetes as a symptom:

Conditions listing Diabetes as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Diabetes. Our database lists the following as having Diabetes as a symptom of that condition:

Medications or substances causing Diabetes:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Diabetes as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Niacin (Vitamin B3) - excessive niacin can cause high blood sugars.
  • Steroids - Some steroids raise blood sugars and thus mimic diabetes (usually Type 2).
  • Pyriminil (Vacor) - a rat poision, can cause Type I diabetes
  • Pentamidine - a pneumonia treatment, can cause Type I diabetes
  • L-asparaginase - an anti-cancer drug, can cause Type I diabetes
  • more drugs...»

Drug interactions causing Diabetes:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Diabetes as a symptom.

The list below is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Semprex-D and over-the-counter drugs that relieve cold symptoms interaction
  • Trinalin Repetabs and over-the-counter drugs that relieve cold symptoms interaction
  • Brofed Liquid and over-the-counter drugs that relieve cold symptoms interaction
  • Bromfed and over-the-counter drugs that relieve cold symptoms interaction
  • Bromfed-PD and over-the-counter drugs that relieve cold symptoms interaction
  • more interactions...»

What causes Diabetes?

Causes: Diabetes: Either reduced insulin production or poor insulin metabolism, depending on subtype.
Article excerpts about the causes of Diabetes:

Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: NIDDK (Excerpt)

People develop diabetes for two reasons: the pancreas does not make enough insulin for the body's needs, or the cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly, or both. As a result, the amount of glucose in the blood increases while the cells are starved of energy. Over the years, high blood glucose damages nerves and blood vessels, leading to complications such as blindness, heart and kidney disease, nerve problems, gum infections, and amputation. (Source: excerpt from Am I at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: NIDDK)

Keep your kidneys healthy: NIDDK (Excerpt)

High blood sugar and high blood pressure damage the kidneys’ glomeruli. When the kidneys are damaged, the protein leaks out of the kidneys into the urine. Damaged kidneys do not do a good job of cleaning out waste and extra fluids. So not enough waste and fluids go out of the body as urine. Instead, they build up in your blood. (Source: excerpt from Keep your kidneys healthy: NIDDK)

Dealing With Diabetes -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA (Excerpt)

If you have diabetes, your body cannot properly convert foods into the energy needed for daily activity. Our bodies change the foods we eat into a form of sugar called glucose. Glucose travels through the bloodstream to "fuel" or feed our cells. Sometimes it is stored in the liver for future use. Insulin is a hormone that is made in the pancreas and helps cells take in the amount of glucose they need. People with diabetes do not make or properly use insulin. As a result, glucose builds up in their blood and causes many symptoms of diabetes such as feeling tired, losing weight, feeling hungry or thirsty, urinating frequently or having vision problems (Source: excerpt from Dealing With Diabetes -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Medical news summaries relating to Diabetes:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Diabetes:

Cause statistics for Diabetes:

The following are statistics from various sources about the causes of Diabetes:

  • Statistics on the underlying causes of deaths due to diabetes and diabetes-related disorders:
    • Diabetes was listed as the only cause of death in 1.7% of cases in Australia, 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 50% of deaths from diabetes also had heart disease as an associated cause of death in Australia, 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 22% of deaths from diabetes also had stroke as an associated cause of death in Australia, 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 15% of deaths from diabetes also had renal failure as an associated cause of death in Australia, 2002 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • more statistics...»

Related information on causes of Diabetes:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Diabetes may be found in:

 

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