The Connection Between Weight Management and Diabetes

The connection that exists between weight management and diabetes is substantial, and this is especially true in the most common form of the diabetic condition – Type 2 Diabetes. Dr. Juan Carlos Zubieta of the North Houston Diabetes Institute in Humble, TX offers the following weight management guidance, which plays an integral role in preventing, managing, and controlling diabetes.

The Interconnectedness Between Weight Management & Diabetes

The following highlight the very real relationship between diabetes and weight management –

Obesity & Insulin Resistance

Carrying excessive body weight – especially fat in the abdominal area surrounding vital organs, increases your risk of developing insulin resistance- a condition where the cells in your body become less responsive to the effects of insulin – the hormone that assists in regulating your blood sugar levels. This can ultimately result in Type 2 diabetes over time.

Weight Loss & Diabetes Prevention

Obesity, which is defined by a BMI (Body Mass Index) that is 30 or greater, is among the primary risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. Studies continue to confirm that maintaining a medically-recommended weight level reduces your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Losing weight, if currently overweight or obese, will help to decrease your chances or delay the onset of this autoimmune condition.  

Blood Sugar Control & Improved Insulin Sensitivity

Managing body weight is essential for blood sugar control for those living with diabetes. Weight loss and physical activity can enhance insulin sensitivity, allowing the body's cells to better respond to insulin. The result is that blood sugar levels become better regulated, and the need for insulin or other diabetes medications may be reduced.

In addition, keeping your weight at a healthy level can reduce your risk of developing diabetic complications like heart disease, stroke, or kidney disease.

Lifestyle Changes

Weight management very often requires reprioritizing your life goals. Most must adopt a healthier lifestyle by choosing a nutritious/balanced diet plus routine physical activity. These modifications are quite beneficial to your health as they help to enhance your overall well-being by –

  • Promoting Weight Loss
  • Maintaining Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
  • Improving Cardiovascular Health

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By prioritizing weight management and adopting a healthy lifestyle, individuals can significantly reduce their chances of developing diabetes, improve their diabetes management, reduce the risk of complications, and enhance their overall quality of life.

If you are diabetic, it is essential to work regularly with weight management specialists like Dr. Zubieta, who can help manage your condition comprehensively. A member of Dr. Zubieta's staff at the North Houston Diabetes Institute in Humble, TX can be reached online or at (832) 644-9595.

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