The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

Many patients don’t realize the strong link between diabetes and obesity. So strong, in fact, that it’s common for Dr. Shahida to treat patients suffering from both ailments. 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that is found in individuals who have blood sugar (also known as blood glucose) levels that are too high. Your blood sugar comes from the food you eat and is what provides you with energy throughout the day. There are a few types of diabetes, but the most common forms are type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes

Patients with type 1 diabetes are usually diagnosed at a young age. With type 1 diabetes, your body does not make insulin, so you need to take insulin daily to survive. 

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can be developed at any age, but most commonly occurs in middle-aged and older individuals. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. Type 2 diabetes is reversible if treated correctly.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes affects certain women during pregnancy. It’s typical for gestational diabetes to go away once birth has taken place, but it’s more likely for you to develop type 2 diabetes if you’ve experienced gestational diabetes.

What is obesity?

Put simply, obesity is a disease that’s associated with having too high a level of body fat. Obesity is classified using a body mass index (BMI) and is present when you’re at a level of 30 or greater. 

What’s the link between diabetes and obesity?

Your weight, and more specifically, your BMI, has a strong correlation to diabetes and insulin resistance in your body. If you’re obese, certain substances like hormones, glycerol, and cytokines have a strong chance of being increased. All of these substances are involved in forming insulin resistance. The higher the presence of these substances in your body, the higher the chance of you developing a form of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is typically the form of the disease that is developed in obese patients or patients who are gaining weight at an extreme rate. However, the link between type 1 diabetes and obesity still exists.

How can diabetes and obesity be treated?

Depending on your condition and overall health, treatment options will vary. Dr. Shahida will work closely with you to design a plan tailored directly to your needs, and implement techniques that could involve weight loss and other lifestyle factors. This could include daily insulin therapy using devices like continuous glucose monitors (CGMs).

If you’re suffering from diabetes or obesity and are concerned about your chances of developing the other, call us today or schedule an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Shahida. 

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