The link between obesity and diabetes

The link between obesity and diabetes

There is a strong relationship between a person’s body mass index (BMI) and degree of insulin resistance.

Obesity has been linked to many issues regarding medical, psychological and social. However, diabetes type 2 is specifically one of the worst outcomes.

The relationship between obesity and diabetes is thought to stem from the relationship between obesity and insulin resistance.

How can weight loss surgery “reverse” diabetes?

Weight loss is important for those impacted by obesity, especially those suffering from diabetes type 2. By losing weight, you can actually improve insulin action and reduce fasting glucose concentrations.

Choosing to have weight loss surgery is a great option for those looking to lose weight. Dr Stephen Watson in Perth performs laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. He is an experienced surgeon, who will upon consultation discuss your surgery eligibility and how it will help with your lifestyle and diabetes management.

Weight loss surgery is very helpful as it reduces the amount of food you can eat, before you feel full, reduces hunger hormones and interferes with the absorption of food. These three benefits work together to help you lose weight; however, they should be joined alongside healthy eating, daily exercise and overall a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that involves lifelong management. The condition causes the high blood sugar, or the associated cells do not respond well enough to the insulin being produced and then the body does not produce enough insulin as the pancreas fails.

Insulin is meant to pull glucose from the bloodstream and distribute it to the cells, however with no insulin, reduced productivity or resistance, too much glucose builds up in the bloodstream causing diabetes.

Diabetes is said to be Type 1 Diabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is much less common than type 2 and occurs when the patient produces little to none insulin. The condition usually appears during adolescence, through the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. It is not due to obesity

Whereas the much more common type 2 diabetes occurs with obesity and when the body or it resists insulin and then ultimately pancreatic failure.

How does obesity cause diabetes?

People who have a BMI classified as overweight (25-29.9) or obese (30+) are at far greater risk to diabetes, especially diabetes type 2.

It’s not completely known, but thought to be because fat cells are more resistant to insulin than muscle cells. The lack of physical activity and obesity are thought to make insulin resistance worse.

People who are associated with insulin resistance are also those that carry the majority of their weight in the abdomen.

It’s important for people who are classified as overweight or obese to think about weight loss to reduce the chances of diabetes or reduce the impacts. Weight loss surgery is a great option for people as it will assist in weight loss quickly and effectively.

Contact Dr Stephen Watson in Perth

If you are interested in weight loss surgeries to help manage obesity and diabetes, please get in touch with Dr Watson’s team by clicking here.

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