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Understanding the Link Between Obesity & Diabetes

The condition of obesity brings with it a higher risk of many other conditions, the most prevalent of which may be diabetes. Diabetes and obesity can be incredibly detrimental to the body when put together; however, many people never learned the connection between the two. Here are some of the reasons that misery loves company: Obesity and diabetes often go hand in hand.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is actually an entire group of conditions that all have high blood pressure as a symptom. The body does not produce enough insulin or regulate glucose in the body when diabetes is present.

Type 1 diabetes refers to the condition that limits the body’s ability to create insulin. Type 1 occurs mostly in young children or adolescent youth and comprises around 10 percent of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes, the more common case, is usually found in people who are over the age of 40. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by the body’s inability to react to insulin.

Almost 10 percent of the population of the United States is living with diabetes, with over 8 million people completely unaware that they have the disease.

How Does Obesity Change the Body?

Although most cases of diabetes are completely preventable, the condition is more prevalent in people who are obese. Obese people do not have the same control over their blood sugar, and extra fat reduces the ability of the body to respond correctly to insulin. This cycle feeds on itself and causes more fat because of the higher blood sugar and higher blood sugar because of the excess fat.

What are the Results of Obesity and Diabetes?

If you even feel as though you could be diagnosed with both of these conditions, you should take immediate action. Diabetes in an obese person can lead to blindness, hypoglycemia and seizures. Eventually, this can lead to fainting and eventually death.

Even small amounts of weight loss can help to balance the body. See a doctor immediately to start yourself on a new diet and exercise regimen along with a possible prescription regimen if you are at risk.