Factors responsible for developing insulin resistance leading to Type II diabetes---
1.Obesity: It is the number one risk of getting Type II diabetes. Those who have excess fat in the belly are more prone to being health risks. Weight gain of about 10 to 20 pounds can also make one a candidate for diabetes. Excessive fat interferes with body's ability to use insulin properly. In Ayurveda, this is called "Stroto-avarodh" i.e. blocked channels. Blockage in the channels of passage of insulin is reason for greater insulin resistance.
2.Sedentary Lifestyle: According to Charaka, an ancient Ayurvedic healer, lifestyle is damaging to health and bears responsibility for the growing obesity and diabetes. Inactivity and being overweight go hand in hand towards a diagnosis of Type 2.
3.Unhealthy Eating Habits: Modern man's propensity for leading hectic lives has led them into eating the wrong kinds of food. Man has become so obsessed with wealth creation and pleasure, that he has no more time to prepare a well-balanced meal. Thus, the modern man's diet consists of canned goods, processed fish, meat and vegetables that can be eaten immediately by just popping it inside a microwave. The modern world has convinced man to have a preference for refined food, from sugar to grains. Unhealthy eating contributes largely to obesity. Too much fat, not enough fiber, and too many simple carbohydrates all contribute to diabetes.
4.Family History and Genetics: People who have family members who have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes are at a greater risk for developing it.
5.Increased Age: As we age, the pancreas ages right along with us. So the older we get, the risk of Type 2 diabetes is increased, even if an elderly person is thin.
6.Stress, High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol: The hormones are under the control of our thought and our attitude towards events in life. The stress hormone immediately releases pool of glucose, corticosteroid hormones in our blood. There is immediate release of adrenal hormones, causing blood pressure and constriction of arteries.