The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

Diabetes is a very common medical condition, affecting 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5% of the population. An additional 88 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar is higher than it should be, according to the American Diabetes Association.

A variety of risk factors raise your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. One of the most significant is being overweight or obese.

Dr. Brett Blaser of Blaser Medical in Farmington, Utah, would like you to understand the link between diabetes and obesity. As a board-certified family medicine physician, he helps people who have diabetes or are at risk for developing it take care of their health. Read on to learn about how excess weight influences diabetes.

An insulin disorder

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body doesn’t produce or use insulin properly. Your body uses insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas, to turn sugar in the foods you eat into energy that fuels your body. 

In people with diabetes, prediabetes, or a condition known as insulin resistance, either their bodies don’t make enough insulin, or they can’t adequately use the insulin that their pancreas does produce.

Insulin’s job is to move glucose (sugar) from food to cells throughout your body for energy. When insulin can’t do its job correctly, glucose builds up in your blood rather than entering your cells. As a result, blood sugar goes up.

Impact of excess weight

Being overweight or obese is a primary cause of insulin resistance, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Having extra fat, especially when it’s located in your belly and around your abdominal organs, can cause your body to become resistant to the action of insulin.

In addition, some of the factors that can lead to gaining excess weight, such as a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet, can contribute to the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.

Fighting back against diabetes 

If you are overweight or obese, you can lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by losing weight through exercise and healthy diet changes. And if you already have diabetes, lifestyle changes and weight loss can help you improve your blood sugar control.

If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, or other weight-influenced conditions, losing weight could improve them as well.

We help you lose weight

At Blaser Medical, we can help you make the changes necessary to improve your health, lose excess weight, and fight back against diabetes.

Dr. Blaser works with you to create a personalized, managed weight loss plan that incorporates activity and an eating plan that follows ketogenic diet principles. Ketogenic meal plans include very small amounts of carbohydrates and higher levels of fat and protein. By cutting back on carbohydrates you induce ketosis, a process that burns body fat and helps bring about weight loss.

Let us help you gain control of your weight and your diabetes risk. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Blaser at Blaser Medical by calling our office at 385-210-1474 or sending us a message via our website.

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