Can I Get Type 2 Diabetes from Being Overweight?
What is Type 2 Diabetes? It is when the pancreas is unable to release enough insulin in the blood to eliminate the glucose (sugar) levels. The disease affects about 27 million people in the United States. There are another 86 million people living with Prediabetes, meaning blood sugar levels are high, but not quite in the range that’s considered diabetic.
Overweight people have a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Having excess fat and being inactive cause insulin resistance, which is when the body does not use insulin efficiently to remove sugar from the blood. If not reversed through diet and exercise, Prediabetes becomes Diabetes. Due to these factors, over 90% of overweight people have the disease.
While Type 2 Diabetes is associated with overweight individuals, don’t think you are not at risk if you’re not overweight. People that have a healthy bodyweight can also suffer from Type 2 Diabetes for reasons such as genetics and Fatty Liver Disease. If you are the child of someone who has Type 2 Diabetes, then, your chances of acquiring the disease increases significantly.
Poor diets are another factor in developing the disease. Eating too much sugar or high carbohydrate foods can aid the development of insulin resistance. For example, when high fructose corn syrup was introduced to diets in the 1980’s (through products such as sugary drinks), cases of Diabetes increased by 90%.
Type 2 Diabetes can be controlled through supplements and a combination of lifestyle changes, including a specialized diet and exercise. Let Advanced Functional Medicine guide you in these changes to help you control or eliminate your Type 2 Diabetes.
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