Diabetes And Its Connection To Obesity
Obesity is when someone has a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30. This serious condition affects millions of Americans. Unfortunately, if you don’t find ways to safely lose the excess weight and keep it off you may face other health problems. One of the most common links is between obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic health problem that affects how the body processes insulin or glucose. A person with diabetes may not make enough insulin or their bodies may not be able to use it efficiently. This causes sugar to buildup in the blood leading to other serious health problems such as heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness.
While scientists can pinpoint that there is indeed a link between obesity and diabetes the exact cause is still unknown. Of course, obesity and being inactive can lead to more serious insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. After all, losing weight has been shown to improve symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Of course, it isn’t always easy to know where to begin when it comes to losing weight successfully. That’s why many people turn to Physicians Premier Weight & Wellness Center. Here at our practice all weight loss treatments and plans are supported and led by a physician, so you know that everything from nutritional advice to meal replacements will be safe and effective.
While we know that many people turn to us to help feel more confident and get the bodies they want, it’s also important to recognize the major benefits to your health that will occur when you maintain healthier body weight. Sustained weight loss, even moderate weight loss, can improve insulin levels and decrease the need for diabetes medication. Yes, a program that includes diet, exercise and behavioral modifications can treat obesity and improve your diabetes.