How Do You Get Diabetes? Four Lesser-Known Causes

By Temma Ehrenfeld @temmaehrenfeld
March 30, 2017
13 May 2013 --- Artery cross-section with blood flow and stent deployment. --- Image by © Stocktrek Images/Corbis

3. Mitochondria

Mitochondria, the batteries in our cells, generate waste products, including free radicals, kept in check by antioxidants. You’ve probably seen the word antioxidants on vitamin labels. If you are short on antioxidants, the mitochondria don’t work as well and will produce less of the insulin you need to manage your blood sugar.

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February 28, 2020

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Janet O’Dell, RN