How Being Overweight Can Affect Your Risk of Developing Diabetes

On the surface, the numbers surrounding diabetes are frightening — more than 30 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and another 84 million are considered prediabetic, which means they’re dangerously close to developing the disease. 

But hidden in these numbers is some good news, namely that 84 million people, as well as others, have the opportunity to take evasive action and reverse their chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. And this starts with better weight management.

At WellCentric Health, Dr. Robert Watson and our team of functional medicine specialists understand the role that excess weight can play in your health, which is why we offer comprehensive weight-loss services to patients in the Reno, Nevada, area. And when it comes to diabetes, the link between excess weight and the onset of the disease has been firmly established.

If you’d like to learn more about how being overweight can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, read on.

The link between fat and diabetes

At its core, diabetes is a disease in which your body becomes insulin resistant and/or doesn’t produce enough insulin to regulate the levels of glucose in your bloodstream. Under normal circumstances, your pancreas produces a hormone called insulin, which is primarily responsible for delivering the sugar in your bloodstream to your cells so they can use it for energy. 

When you develop Type 2 diabetes, your body becomes resistant to insulin and your pancreas is unable to produce enough of the hormone to overcome this resistance. This means that sugar builds up in your blood, which can lead to nerve and blood vessel damage.

Excess weight facilitates this process because fat cells are more resistant to insulin, which means the more fat cells that you have in your body, the higher your resistance. 

It also appears that there is a connection between where you carry the excess weight and your chances of developing diabetes. Researchers have found that people who store more fat around their midsections are more likely to develop obesity-related conditions like Type 2 diabetes.

Taking charge of your diabetes risk through weight loss

It’s long been assumed that once you cross over into diabetes, the transition is irreversible. A recent study, however, found that people with Type 2 diabetes were able to reverse their diagnosis through weight loss. In the study, half of the participants who followed a weight-loss program were able to send their diabetes into remission, which is very encouraging news.

Now imagine applying this same principle to those who are prediabetic. If you treat prediabetes as a wake-up call to take action, you can successfully avoid a diabetes diagnosis by tackling your weight problem.

Taking action

We understand that losing weight is far easier said than done, which is why we offer medically supervised weight-loss programs that are designed to help you lose weight and keep it off. 

To get started, we perform a body composition analysis, which allows us to dive deeper than a simple body mass index calculation. By thoroughly analyzing the make-up of your body, we can tailor a weight-loss program to address your very specific needs, including tackling your risk for diabetes.

No two weight-loss programs are alike but rest assured that we devise a plan that works with your health, your lifestyle, and your goals. Through supplements, encouragement, and expert oversight, we can help you take charge of your health through better weight management.

If you’d like to stay one step ahead of diabetes through weight loss, please give us a call at 775-335-2044.

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