Body Weight and Diabetes

May 21, 2013 / Health & Fitness / Source: Health & Fitness

Diabetes (Diabetes)Did you know that excess amounts of body fat can increase your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes?  Sadly, it is true.  After hearing about another family member who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, it has really motivated me to continue my fight to help end the trend of obesity.

Unfortunately, extra body fat prevents the body from appropriately responding to the insulin that is released, which in turn causes additional issues with insulin production and resistance.  This breakdown in proper insulin production causes sugar that was meant for energy to be released into our bloodstream and remain there.  (See link below for a more detailed explanation.)

So, how can we fight against Type 2 Diabetes?  Well, as with most medical issues, the best course of action is prevention.  Therefore, it is advised that we work toward reaching a healthy body weight through eating healthy and exercising.  However, if you already have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, medical professional still recommend that you try to manage it by eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.  Consequently, whether you are trying to prevent Type 2 Diabetes or are trying to manage it the recommendations are the same.

With that being said, are you willing to take the leap to change the course of your health?  I am thankful that the relative that I mentioned above has decided to take action and is working toward living a healthier lifestyle.  How about you?  Are you ready to make a change?  

For more information: How Does Obesity Cause Diabetes?