The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes

Diabetes impacts at least nine percent of the US population, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the country. Obesity impacts 36% of the US adult population and can lead to some serious health problems, including diabetes. So, what’s the link between the two and what can you do to prevent these conditions?

Do you think you may have diabetes? Then you’ll need the help of a medical team. Dr. Douglas Grogan and our staff at Bethel Family Medicine have the expertise and experience to determine whether you have diabetes. We can also help manage your weight to keep your diabetes under control.

Facts about obesity

Rather than just being overweight, obesity means your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher. Your BMI is your weight divided by your height. If your BMI is high, that means you’re at risk of:

Hypertension and high cholesterol are commonly associated with obesity and can lead to angina and other breathing issues. Weight issues can impact people of any age and ethnicity and complications from it only increase as we get older.

What leads to diabetes

Obesity, especially around the belly, can create insulin resistance, according to studies. This happens due to changes in the body’s metabolism, which can release fat molecules into the blood and can alter insulin response cells. 

Insulin is made by the pancreas. It allows your body to use blood sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food you eat or store for future use. Obesity can disrupt the balance of your body’s ability to control your blood sugar which is what can lead to type 2 diabetes (diabetes mellitus). Obesity combined with diabetes can be a major cause of blindness, heart disease, stroke, and early death.

How to prevent it

The simple solution for preventing diabetes is through increased exercise, activity, and better eating habits. Even losing as little as seven percent of your total body weight can help prevent diabetes or reduce complications from obesity.

Any weight reducing regimen will focus on healthier eating habits. For example, increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, and grains you consume. Reducing foods high in fats and sugar can also be beneficial. Implementing these changes will help maintain your weight and prevent problems from diabetes and obesity.

If you think you're at risk of diabetes, make an appointment with Dr. Grogan at Bethel Family Medicine to determine the best course of treatment to keep you healthy.

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