10 Causes of Diabetes

Lack of insulin production. It occurs when insulin-producing cells are damaged or destroyed and stop producing insulin.

Genes and family history. Genetics plays a role in determining how likely you are to develop some type of diabetes.

It occurs when insulin is produced normally in the pancreas, but the body is still unable move glucose into the cells for fuel.

Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases as you age. Your risk goes up after age 45 in particular.

A small percentage of pregnant women may develop gestational diabetes.

Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Excess body fat can cause insulin resistance. Fatty tissue may cause inflammation that can lead to insulin resistance.

Poor nutrition may contribute to type 2 diabetes. A diet high in calories, fat, and cholesterol increases your body’s resistance to insulin.

Exercise makes muscle tissue respond better to insulin. This is why regular aerobic exercise and resistance training can lower your diabetes risk.

Although rare, certain hormonal conditions can also lead to diabetes. They are Cushing’s syndrome, Acromegaly and Hyperthyroidism.