Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes – “Diabesity”

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The Science (as reported by the National Library of Medicine)

The relationship between obesity and diabetes is of such interdependence that the term ‘diabesity’ has been coined. The passage from obesity to diabetes is made by a progressive defect in insulin secretion coupled with a progressive rise in insulin resistance. Both insulin resistance and defective insulin secretion appear very prematurely in obese patients and both worsen similarly towards diabetes.

Thus, the classic ‘hyperbolic relationship’ between insulin resistance and insulin secretion and the ‘glucose allostasis concept’ remain prevailing concepts in this particular field of knowledge. An increase in overall fatness, preferentially of visceral as well as ectopic fat depots, is specifically associated with insulin resistance.

The Impact of Weight Loss (in simple terms)

Simply put, the risk of Type-2 Diabetes increases as your body weight increases. The good news is, there is also a positive relationship between weight-loss and many conditions including diabetes.

If you are overweight and have Type-2 DIabetes or Prediabetes, losing weight can not only lower your blood sugar, but also improve your overall health.

The Magic Number when it Comes to Weight-Loss

Studies have have shown that even a small percentage of weight loss can have a big impact on your health. Remember to talk to your doctor when beginning any weight-loss plan because your blood sugar, insulin and medications will need special attention while you’re losing weight.

  • Losing 2% of your body weight can improve your blood sugar levels
  • Losing 5% of your body weight can reduce risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Losing 10% or more of your body weight can lower your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, improve your cholesterol levels, reduce stress on your hips, knees, ankles and feet, increase your energy level and improve your mood


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