Metabolic Problems Linked with Obesity and Diabetes. If you are considered obese, especially with an above average amount of abdominal fatand are insulin resistant, you may have what is known as metabolic syndrome. It isimportant to note that you can be insulin resistance and not actually have diabetes – yet.
If you are insulin resistant you may be what is termed pre-diabetes.
If you are insulin resistant, your body is not using the insulin your pancreas is producingeffectively. Your pancreas will continue to produce more and more insulin but your bodywill not use it and cannot derive the energy from the food you eat. This condition can bepassed on from another member of the family but it is also caused by obesity andinactivity.
As with diabetes, the risk factors for having metabolic problems – metabolic syndrome –are quite similar. Age is a risk factor, the older you are the chances of having this aregreater. Almost half of the people with metabolic syndrome are over the age of 60 butsymptoms have been seen in children and adults in their 20’s. Another risk factor forhaving this syndrome is race, people from a Hispanic or Asian backgrounds are at ahigher risk than others. And as mentioned there is also the hereditary factory.
Being obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 25 is a factor too. The differencewith this factor from the others is that most people have an element of control over this.
If they are able to lose weight and exercise they can reduce or eliminate this contributortowards metabolic syndrome.
If you are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, your doctor will run screening tests fordiabetes. He or she will also recommend or put your on a program to lose weight througha healthy and balanced diet coupled with physical activity.