The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

There are negative health consequences to carrying too many extra pounds. Obesity contributes to chronic health problems ranging from arthritis to heart disease

But the link between obesity and diabetes is undeniable. More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes, which can have devastating effects when left untreated.

Dr. Rajesh B Dave at Gulf West Medical Associates is committed to helping you and your family reduce your risk of chronic health problems so you can lead a healthy, active life. Personalized preventive health care can help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of diabetes. But let’s consider the details.

About diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when your body doesn’t make or use insulin correctly. Around 95% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes, also called insulin resistance or adult-onset diabetes. 

While your genes and family history contribute to your risk of Type 2 diabetes, your lifestyle, including your weight and diet, significantly affect your chances of developing the disease. 

How does obesity increase my risk of diabetes?

Obesity contributes to many chronic health problems. When it comes to diabetes, having extra fat cells interferes with the way your body uses insulin, which can lead to insulin-resistance, diagnosed as prediabetes or diabetes depending on the severity of your condition. 

When you’re obese, your fat cells are overtaxed with nutrient processing. This triggers cellular inflammation, which releases cytokines. Cytokines are a type of protein that blocks the signals of insulin receptors. Over time, this makes your cells insulin-resistant and stops your body from efficiently converting glucose into energy. 

Are you at risk of diabetes?

While body mass index (BMI) is a blunt calculation and doesn’t take into account any factors besides your height and your weight, it is a basic indicator of whether your weight is healthy. If your BMI is over 30, you are considered obese, and your health is potentially at risk. Other risk factors for diabetes include:

If you’re concerned about your risk of diabetes and about your weight, make an appointment with us to learn about how you can improve your health and reduce your risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

How can I reduce my risk of diabetes?

We can help you make the necessary lifestyle adjustments to lose weight and lower your chances of developing diabetes. Dr. Dave works with you to create healthy, nutritious meal plans that include foods you actually like that keep you satisfied without excessive calories. Getting healthy doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favorite treats, but you will learn moderation. 

We can also help you introduce physical activity into your daily routine. Did you know that even a 20-minute walk after a meal helps your body regulate your blood sugar levels? 

If you’re concerned about your weight or your risk of diabetes, give us a call at 727-848-0247 or request an appointment online today for compassionate, customized care to help you lead a healthy and happy life. 

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