The Link Between Obesity and Diabetes

Having a large belly or gut, or an increasing waistline can affect you mentally, as well as physically. It can actually be quite dangerous to your well-being. The health risks of obesity are well-documented, including diabetes. Among the other risks are:

Here at Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills, our experts help you get to and maintain a healthy weight. Our team also works together to offer their individual and combined expertise to help you prevent diabetes or treat it if you already have the condition..

Obesity and diabetes

The highest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes is obesity. And with more than 30 million adults in the United States living with diabetes, it is an epidemic. If you have an unhealthy body mass index (BMI) and weight, your pancreas may not be able to control your blood glucose. Obesity can also lead to insulin-resistance, which means your body struggles to convert blood glucose (sugar) into fuel for your cells. All of this is connected to an increase in diabetes, and in fact, Type 2 diabetes is defined as low insulin production meeting insulin resistance.

While your body still makes insulin, it is not enough or is not recognized and used properly by the body. This means sugar goes into your blood instead of your body’s cells. The side effects of this may include dehydration and nerve damage, as well as damage to your eyes, kidneys, and heart.

Type 1 diabetes is most often found in children, though some adults suffer from it, as well. Type 2 diabetes can affect all age ranges, both sexes, and can come about because of a lack of activity and an insufficient diet. When you come in to see us, we do a full screening and an accurate assessment of your current situation.

Weight loss, exercise and a good diet are key

So gaining weight can happen for many reasons, including lack of exercise, lack of sleep, stress, genetics, and an unhealthy diet. While we can’t do anything about your genes, we can help you with sleep issues, an exercise routine, and a whole variety of weight-loss management plans. In addition to coming up with nutritional guidance, we’re here to help you reduce stress and make lifestyle changes. We also offer supplements, appetite suppressants, and injections that burn fat.

Our goals are the same as yours, to get you back to being healthy and eliminating as much of your health risks as we can. It does take a village, or at least a team of well-trained and informed experts. Don’t fight the battle of the bulge on your own.

Call our Cameron, North Carolina, office for an appointment or request one online right here.

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