Archive for November 26th, 2012
People carrying excess weight might get too accustomed to hearing how every health condition will improve “if you just drop some pounds.” Obesity and metabolism affect diabetes and, in some cases, maintaining a healthy weight can prevent diabetes or help you avoid serious complications.
The Obesity Society explains that more than 23 million Americans, or nearly 8 percent of the population, have diabetes. More than 90 percent of all diabetics have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed after age 40, but the disease is being found in all ages including children and adolescents.
Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity and physical inactivity. In this form of diabetes, your body makes insulin but can’t use it properly. At first, your body will over-produce insulin to keep blood sugar normal, but over time this causes your body to lose its ability to produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels in the normal range and blood sugar levels become too high.
If you are overweight, you have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a normal-weight person. Being overweight puts added pressure on the body’s ability to properly control blood sugar using insulin and therefore makes it much more likely for you to develop diabetes. Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
A good step in prevention or lowering your risk of complications is taking charge of your weight. Speak with your health care provider to determine your ideal weight and discuss ways set and reach weight loss goals if you are carrying excess weight.
But northern-tier states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, are still among those with the lowest prevalence of the disease – if only because residents are not caught in a “culture of obesity,” a Fargo, N.D., diabetes educator said.
Sky-rocketing obesity rates in Southern states are linked to increased cases of type 2 diabetes in that region.
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