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Relation between Type 2 Diabetes and Acidity

New Delhi, Tue, 21 Jan 2014 NI Wire

It is said that any organic phenomenon inside our body causing obstacle to natural process of metabolism directly has a negative influence for diabetes. Acidity long regarded as an effect of indigestion or poor digestion, can significantly increase the chances of Type 2 diabetes. Various studies in the recent times indicated on the relation between the onset of Type 2 diabetes and dietary acid load. For breaking down the food in our stomach and to extract nutrients for further metabolism acidic stomach juices are secreted in proportionate quantity but when the acidic content in stomach becomes greater than it is actually needed it causes acidity. Let us now see the relation between Type 2 diabetes and acidity from the effects and derogatory influences it creates in metabolic process.

Acidity helps to stop pancreas function properly

There can be various reasons and contributing factors to acidity, like consuming food stuff with excessive acidic content, leaving stomach empty for a longer duration that make the stomach acid idle and harmful, chronic indigestion, constipation, etc. In all these cases the acidity negatively and directly affects the liver functioning and as the pancreatic beta cells in liver are responsible for the production of glucose regulating insulin hormone, the relation between Type 2 diabetes and acidity is obvious. Acidity causes long term damage to liver and the pancreas responsible for producing insulin and as insulin becomes scarce in the body or produced in a hectic manner because of damaged liver cells, it can easily contribute to the onset of diabetic condition. 

Acidity hinders proper digestion and hinders glucose metabolism

Acidity primarily affects the digestive process, that is to say the breaking of the food particles for extracting the nutrition body needs. As this process of digestion is severely damaged or interfered by high level of stomach acid secretion, the cell level consumption of glucose also gets hindered and this causes hike in blood sugar level and gradually the condition becomes diabetic. Chronic acidity obviously affects digestion severely and that in turn hinders the natural process of glucose metabolism and thus there are far greater chances of the onset of Type 2 diabetes in people suffering with acidity.

Medical facts on acidity and onset of Type 2 diabetes

In the recent years several medical researches and studies have revealed the close relation between Type 2 diabetes and acidity. Studying different dietary habits and examining the dietary acid load across different people and ethnicities it has been concluded that people with higher dietary acid load are more vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes than others. Another important fact that reveals the close bondage in the acidity-obesity-diabetes continuum is that higher dietary acidic load is also directly responsible for gaining weight or obesity and in turn obesity is one of the biggest contributing factors to the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The high acidic animal protein in western diet is considered to be responsible for both obesity and diabetic tendency on the rise that simply cannot be tamed by consuming veggies as dietary component.

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