I am Dr Jean Latortue. I am the CEO of Franklin County Family Health. Apart from treating and taking care of patients at my clinic, I am on a mission to making a difference in people’s lives by offering tips and benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. Through this blog, I want to draw your attention towards one of the major causes and side effects of obesity – that is – Diabetes. Read through to understand how Diabetes and obesity are interconnected.
Did you know, diabetes may cause weight gain and weight gain may cause diabetes? Both these health conditions are closely interconnected.
Diabetes is caused by long-term high blood glucose level in the body. The blood glucose level in our body increases when the system fails to produce the necessary level of insulin. Insulin is a type of hormone that regulates the blood sugar level in the human body.
Technically, there are two types of diabetes: Type-1 Diabetes and Type-2 Diabetes. Type-1 is more common among kids and teens having insulin insufficiency. And Type-2 happens when the body fails to react to or make use of the existing insulin. Type-2 is diagnosed in as many as 90% of all cases of Diabetes.
Diabetes and many of its related complications are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, says WHO, the World Health Organization.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), about 10% of the US population is living with diabetes. Of which, the study states further, 30% people are not even aware that they have this disease.
Weight Gain and Diabetes
Top risk factors for diabetes include age, lifestyle, stress, prescription drug reaction, high cholesterol, obesity, and heredity. Of these, obesity and heredity are the most diagnosed reasons. As per the Obesity Research Society, around 90% of diabetic patients are obese or overweight.
Obesity denotes, your body has to work harder to participate in daily activities such as walking, standing and running. There is a lot of pressure on your bones, joints, heart, digestive system and lungs. You tire yourself easily without working too much. Inactivity (sitting or lying mostly) becomes your favorite activity.
When you are overweight or have a surplus amount of body fat, either the insulin in your body goes unconsumed or your body fails at producing the required level of insulin to support body functions. Excess body fat hinders the functioning and production of insulin, which is crucial for the regulation of high blood glucose level in the body. That’s when you see the early symptoms of Diabetes.
Diabetes, specifically Type-2 Disease which mainly develops due to unhealthy lifestyle habits, is preventable. Meaning, you could control your sugar level by making some lifestyle changes. Losing weight could be an effective way out for Type-2 Diabetes prevention and treatment. Additionally, sticking to the right food choices, reducing your stress level, and increasing your sleeping hours could also be greatly helpful.
Exogenous insulin is available in form of injections and drugs that help maintain healthy blood sugar levels and increase the functionality of insulin in your body. However, these options have various side effects too. These prescription drugs can drastically lower the blood sugar level in some diabetic patients that is an even more critical health condition leading to unconsciousness and death.
Given that, losing weight and choosing the right food and exercise plan is the most upright way to prevent and nullify the chances and effects of diabetes.
If you want to get rid of obesity and want to avoid the happening of diabetes, or if your developing waistline is a concern for you, you can meet me at Slimming Studios, Franklin County Family Health, South Mount Vernon, TX.You could mail us at info@SlimmingStudios.com or follow this to book an appointment – http://bit.ly/2wBgkAD.