The Link between Obesity and Diabetes. There are two kinds of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The first type is alsoknown as juvenile diabetes and is usually diagnosed in childhood. It is the body’s cellsand the pancreas’ inability to produce enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes there is notenough insulin produced for the body or the body is not making proper use of the insulinthat is available.
Many studies and doctors have linked an increasing number of people being diagnosedwith diabetes to obesity. When a person is obese or very over weight they are overtaxingtheir pancreas (the organ that produces insulin) and this can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Being obese is a risk factor for diabetes but it does not mean you will develop the diseaseif you are obese. By losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle you can gain controlof this risk factor either by reducing it or eliminating it altogether.
There are other risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes including age and race but ofcourse there is no control over these factors. Studies have shown that over half of thepeople diagnosed with diabetes are considered clinically obese. People who are obeseand work hard to lose weight can better manage their diabetes through diet or oralmedications instead of insulin injections. Incorporating a healthy eating plan and regularphysical activity will also help to manage the disease.
In addition to being at a higher risk for developing diabetes people who are obese are atan increased risk for other life-threatening diseases too. Namely heart and cardiovasculardiseases, it is in an individual’s best interest to maintain a healthy weight for their bodytype and health in order to reduce the risks to their health. Medical support is availablethrough your health care provider if needed.