Diabetes and Obesity

The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

According to the statistics provided by the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in India currently around 40.9 million is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025 unless urgent preventive steps are taken. Although type 2 diabetes is observed to run in families, most people who develop type 2 diabetes are also overweight. An obese person could have fat build-up in the muscles and liver, causing damage to cells and inhibiting cells' ability to get glucose into body cells with the help of insulin. As a result, there is a rise in blood sugar levels leading to type 2 diabetes.

Managing Obesity to Control Diabetes

If you are overweight or obese, weight loss can help keep type 2 diabetes in control, even if the disease runs in your family. Obesity, and many of its associated disorders, such as hypertension, is one of the primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

If you already have type 2 diabetes, losing weight and maintaining healthy lifestyle can help prevent the complications of diabetes.

Healthy lifestyle choice, systematically planned weight loss regimen, including a low GI (Glycemic index) diet, more focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and regular physical activity, will help to increase insulin sensitivity in patients with type 2 diabetes. This will help body to utilize glucose properly and will have a lesser chance of developing some of the serious complications associated with type 2 diabetes.