Most People Believe Type 2 Diabetes Is Curable, Poll Reveals
Diabetes has a variety of causes, ranging from genetics to genetics to physical inactivity and obesity. While Type 1 diabetes is an inherited disease, Type 2 is usually caused by a sedentary lifestyle and significant weight gain.
OpposingViews.com asked its readers, “Do you believe Type 2 Diabetes is Preventable”, and discovered that a huge majority responded with “yes”.
Nearly 5,000 readers responded to the to the poll that ran on OpposingViews.com between July 17, 2012 and August 6th, 2012. Of the respondents, over 80% answered “yes”, they do believe that Type 2 diabetes can be avoided, and only 7% think it is not preventable. The poll had a margin of error of 1.43.
Unlike Type 1 diabetes, studies show that Type 2 can be prevented in most circumstances. While some cases of Type 2 diabetes are probably genetic, the disease usually occurs in adults who gain too much wait, who are sedentary, who have poor diets, and who smoke.
There is also a genetic link to Type 2 diabetes. If you have family members with Type 2 diabetes, odds are that you’re susceptible, too. It may also be a case of inherited lifestyle choices, such as poor diet and unhealthy environmental influence. The 7% that responded “no” may have confused Type 2 diabetes with type 1.
There is good clinical evidence to support that Type 2 diabetes is preventable in most cases.
Even if it runs in your family, a healthy lifestyle can significantly reduce your risk of developing the disease. A common misconception is that diabetes is caused by high sugar consumption, but a bigger influence is weight gain, which may increase with eating a lot of sugar.
What are the best ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes? Certain risk factors cannot be changed, such as age, family history, and ethnicity, but maintaining a healthy diet and increasing physical activity, even without weight loss, can significantly reduce anyone’s risk. In addition, these changes can extend your lifespan, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, and help you lead an overall healthier life. Here is a study that supports these claims.
The poll ran on OpposingViews.com a news site, and the results basically match what clinical trials have told us. In most cases, Type 2 diabetes is preventable.