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Nutritional Causes of Diabetes

by other on August 2, 2011

Some Common Causes of Diabetes

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There are many common causes of diabetes in the foods that we eat and the beverages that we drink. I examine below a few of the more important nutritional causes of diabetes.

White flour

Among the causes of diabetes there is white flour. Wheat is the cereal most commonly used around the world to make bread. This is a good source of energy. With its essential layer of bran, vitamins and minerals, this is an excellent health-building food.

Wheat is usually ground into flour for use as food. But  refined wheat flour is a serious danger to the health of various processed foods that are used today  because of their delicious taste, white flour (maida) is  particularly harmful. The loss of the vitamins and minerals in refined flour has led to widespread prevalence of constipation and other related disorders and nutritional disturbance, especially diabetes. Consumption of white flour is thus a vital contributor to the causes of diabetes, and its progress, if the disease has already been developed.

White Salt

Among the causes of diabetes there is white salt. Common salt or sodium chloride is the main factor in maintaining the acid-base balance of the body. It is also important for the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. So, while  certain number of salt is important for the body system, it is  required in very small amounts, ranging from 10 to 15 g per day.

Excessive salt intake is placing an additional burden on the kidneys and can cause high blood pressure which is closely linked to diabetes. Excessive salt intake increases the water retention in the body, which in due time can cause obesity, which is one of the most serious causes of diabetes. Too much salt is thus dangerous and can promote or accelerate the occurrence of diabetes.

Salt (sodium chloride), and sodium preservatives are added to most processed foods. A sodium-controlled diet for diabetics should avoid or limit salty snacks, pickles and various other processed foods.

Tea and Coffee

Drinking tea and coffee is a serious health hazard for diabetics and can be listed among the common causes of diabetes. The alkaloid principle in both tea and coffee is caffeine. Caffeine is an addictive drug similar to cocaine as  it stimulates the central nervous system. While these  effects are short-lived, it has been found that they cause withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, headache, dizziness, and anxiety. The daily intake of tea and coffee can cause indigestion and gas formation, diarrhea, and constipation. They also increase the blood sugar levels, which can cause diabetes or exacerbate the symptoms of diabetes where the disease is already there.

Conclusion

In order to control diabetes or reverse diabetes, it is important to be aware of the common causes of diabetes and to pay attention to your diet in order to avoid the foods and drink which are known to be common causes of diabetes.

You will find more information on the causes of diabetes and how you can reverse diabetes by using the suggestions of the Diabetes Reversing Breakthrough guide and on other articles of the Diabetes Blog

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