There are numerous health risks that come with obesity, and Type 2 diabetes is one major risk. Fortunately, with healthy lifestyle changes and the support of the team at Medical Weight Loss Clinic, you have a good chance to turn a diagnosis around.
For Diabetes Awareness Month, we want to stress how you may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, what the signs are, and how you can overcome it.
What is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body becomes insulin resistant. Your body doesn’t effectively use the insulin your body naturally produces, so your pancreas thinks it needs to produce more, but eventually, your body can’t keep up.
How your weight puts you at risk
There are several factors that can put you at a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, some of which you can control - like your lifestyle - and others you can’t - like age, ethnicity and family history.
Weight is one of the biggest Type 2 diabetes risk factors that you can manage. In fact, studies show that even if you lose a few pounds, it can positively impact your diabetes risk or diagnosis. That’s because the more fatty tissue you have, the more insulin-resistant your body becomes.
Symptoms to watch for
Type 2 diabetes symptoms are usually slow to come on, and you can even have diabetes for years before you know it. You should contact a doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms.
How you can prevent Type 2 diabetes
Building a healthy lifestyle that you maintain is the number one action you can take to lower your risk and even reverse a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. In fact, research has shown that reducing your weight by 5-10 percent through a healthy diet and exercise reduces diabetes risk by 58 percent.
Combining a healthy diet and exercise can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke and depression, and help you maintain the right levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and triglycerides, all of which help reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
If you are dealing with Type 2 diabetes, have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or find that you are at high risk of developing the disease, contact Medical Weight Loss Clinic for your free consultation. You can book online or call us at 248-353-8446. We’ll share with you our specific nutrition plan for diabetics, which allows you to still enjoy a variety of food while getting your weight and health on track.