The Connection of Obesity and Diabetes

diabetes and obesityAlthough obesity is not the cause of diabetes it is a leading contributor to the disease. We live in a hurry up pace in today’s world and we tend to put exercise to the side while eating fast food and microwaveable meals that are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Statistics have shown that for children which were born in the year 2000, out of every three one of them is going to be diagnosed with diabetes. The rate of obesity seems to climb each year which is increasing the number of people who are diagnosed with the disease.

In patients diagnosed with diabetes, between eighty and ninety percent of them are also considered to be obese. This shows that the connection between diabetes and obesity is great. However, when you change your lifestyle to be more active and eat healthier food, you are preventing, or at least managing, one of the diseases if not both. Being overweight adds a great deal of stress to the body including the likelihood of becoming insulin resistant and not being able to have the right levels of blood glucose. The more overweight someone is, the more insulin they are going to need to take in order to control their diabetes.

The amount of food that you should eat as well as the amount of exercise that you need is going to depend upon the dosage of insulin that you are required to take. Insulin can cause you to gain weight so this is something that you should discuss with your doctor. Of course the thought that you may need to eat next to nothing should be banished from you mind. Once you begin taking insulin, you body will start to use food in the proper way and you will find that you do not need to eat as much.

There is no magic pill that will prevent diabetes or obesity. It is up to the individual to take care of their body, eat properly and get the amount of exercise that they need. Yes, diabetes is also genetic so if it runs in your family you have a higher risk of being diagnosed. However, you can prevent it by eating right and exercising at least 30 minutes a day. You may need to work a little harder but, the possibility of turning the tide is great is you simply take care of yourself the way that you should.

It is not necessary for someone to join a gym and feel as though they are draining their bodies and their pockets to stay healthy. With just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, even cleaning the house or walking around your neighborhood, you can maintain a healthy weight and feel great. Choose a diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber and you will find that your weight can be easily managed. You can still have the occasional sweet treat as long as you are taking your medications and getting the exercise that you need.

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