I've heard about type 1 and type 2 diabetes my whole life, but it wasn't until actual loved ones encountered the illness that I truly understood what it was all about.

And now, with type 2 diabetes basically having actually become an epidemic not only in the United States but across the globe, it's time for everybody to pay intelligent attention to this disease and its causes.

It appears that the excess of sugar in our modern diet over past years is the main source. One may ask how excess sugar presents threats or leads to diabetes. However, when one understands precisely how sugar is metabolized in the body and precisely how diabetes disturbs this mechanism, it becomes very clear.

I recently saw a video on YouTube which broke everything down very well and made everything exceptionally understandable. In a nutshell, we require sugar due to the fact that it is the substance our cells make use of to produce energy, and to allow our cells to make use of the sugar, we require insulin, which is produced by our pancreas.

The insulin is a hormone which opens passageways in our cells so that they can absorb the sugar. Nevertheless, there can be issues that can impact this procedure and all of them constitute diabetes in one way or another.

One problem can be that the pancreas does not produce insulin appropriately, and there can be a number of reasons for this. Another problem is that the cells don't respond to the insulin appropriately, and there can be a number of reasons for this, too.

However, we know for sure that the over abundance of sugar in our diet can result in a worn out pancreas which does not produce sufficient insulin, and can also result in non-responsive insulin receptors in our cells which don't permit the insulin to do its job and help our cells absorb sugar. Either way, the most significant reason for type 2 diabetes in modern society is the excess of sugar in our diet.

The following Youtube video does a terrific job of explaining this in understandable detail with helpful illustrations, and also offers recommendations for alternative sweeteners useful for diabetics: