Link between obesity and diabetes

person bunhillfolder_openDietaccess_time January 25, 2018

In the modern world where a snack constitutes french fries and a meal constitutes a burger at KFC or McDonalds, it is little wonder that obesity is on the rise. If we were to take the American population as an example, the numbers are extremely worrying. A staggering 75% of Americans will be overweight by 2020, just let that sink in for a moment! If we factor the world as a whole, the numbers are less worrying, but a cause for concern nonetheless. It is estimated that approximately every third person is overweight at this point in time. Despite numerous medical research reports and findings, a lot of people do not really acknowledge obesity as being a dangerous threat. This is unfortunate there is solid empirical evidence which illustrates that obesity is directly responsible for high blood pressure, high cholestrol, stroke, type 2 diabetes among others.

The link between obesity and diabetes has long been established. Obese or overweight people typically have additional fat in their abdomen. This fat leads to insulin resistance which eventually results in diabetes or, to be more specific, type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a health condition where the body develops a resistance to insulin. In other words, the body does not use the insulin in the manner it is meant to be used. The biggest problem with type 2 diabetes is that it does not have a cure; it is a lifelong illness that can potentially be life-threatening if not monitored properly. That is why it is imperative that type 2 diabetes is prevented at all costs. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure – only in this case, there is no cure!

The easiest way to prevent type 2 diabetes is to ensure that your body mass index(BMI) is normal. The BMI is a measure that determines whether you are underweight, overweight or normal based on your height and weight. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25, a BMI less than 18.5 indicates that you are underweight and a BMI in excess of 25 means you are overweight. You need to be particularly cautious if your BMI exceeds 30 as it signals obesity. A normal BMI indicates that your weight is in the normal range and unlikely to cause any obesity related health issues. If you happen to be overweight, do not despair! Make some changes to your diet and start a vigorous exercise plan. Make sure you consult your physician before changing your diet and exercise plans. You could do more harm than good by making uninformed choices. It is your body, make sure that you treat it with utmost care.

If you do end up with type 2 diabetes, it is imperative that you keep the weight in check. Make sure that you lose all the extra fat – particularly the fat around the belly – as soon as possible. With a proper diet and training regimen (both approved by your physician as stated earlier) there is every chance of keeping it under check. Moreover, in some cases the symptoms totally disappear. However, this does not mean you have been “cured” as there are significant chances of a relapse; therefore, you will have to keep doing the right things. In a nutshell, exercise and eat well. Keep obesity at bay and chances are that you will keep type 2 diabetes at bay.