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Diabetes and Obesity – How Are They Linked?

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Diabetes and Obesity:

How Are They Linked?

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Diabetes and obesity are two of the most common health conditions affecting Americans today. About 10% of Americans have diabetes, while nearly 42% of American adults are obese. Unfortunately, as rates of obesity have increased, so have rates of diabetes. People who struggle with obesity are six times more likely to develop diabetes. In fact, obesity is a contributing factor in up to half of new diabetes cases each year.

People who struggle with obesity are six times more likely to develop diabetes.

Diabetes and Obesity – How Are They Linked?

How Does Obesity Lead to Diabetes?

The link between obesity and diabetes comes down to the impact of obesity on insulin resistance and glucose metabolism. Obesity desensitizes the body to the effects of insulin, which means the pancreas needs to produce higher amounts of insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. This excess of insulin then leads to high blood sugar and, eventually, can result in type 2 diabetes.

How To Manage or Prevent These Conditions

If you’re struggling with obesity but haven’t developed diabetes, there are a few simple steps you can take to lose weight and reduce your risk. But even if you have diabetes, losing weight can still help you lower your blood sugar levels and make your condition more manageable.

Diabetes and Obesity – How Are They Linked?

  • Exercise regularly: Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day can help you lose weight, control your blood sugar levels, and reduce your risk of heart disease.

  • Reduce your carbs: Avoid eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, like cake, cookies, rice, and ice cream.

  • Watch your calories: By burning 500 calories more than you take in each day, you can lose roughly one pound per week.

With regular exercise and a healthy diet, it is completely possible to maintain a healthy weight, manage your blood sugar levels, and even prevent diabetes entirely. Schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) today to discuss how you can best control your weight and blood sugar.

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