Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder caused by the body’s resistance to insulin and results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). When the body is insulin resistant, cells do not respond correctly to the intake of carbohydrates that we eat each day, which are then converted into glucose sugar for energy, by our metabolism. Awareness and education are critical in addressing this preventable and manageable disorder. For many individuals at risk, or pre-diabetics, lifestyle intervention is necessary to prevent onset of diabetes.
Nutrition and exercise habits directly affect the development of diabetes. The adoption of sedentary lifestyles, highly processed Western diets, saturated in sugar, have put many in serious risk for diabetes. Promotion of an active lifestyle and improved nutrition are important in reducing the risks of onset of diabetes and its complications.
Ethnicity also plays a significant role in determining diabetes risk. Genetic factors are a known contributor to the development of diabetes. The risk for diabetes in patients with identical lifestyles and BMI (Body Mass Index) will likely vary because of the genetic component of the disease.
PSDCF is dedicated to supporting research to reveal the hereditary predisposition to diabetes and improve prevention and management for populations at risk for developing the disease.