How being overweight is harmful for diabetes…Diabesity
With World Diabetes Day around the corner……………14th november….i thought of penning down about Diabesity (diabetes + obesity)
Being diabetic and also being over weight, it makes your body ‘resistant’ to insulin, so you need more insulin that you would if you were an ideal weight. As insulin shortage is the main cause of diabetes, this becomes a real problem; you become even more short of insulin.
Secondly, some fat is deposited in the pancreatic cells that make the insulin, the beta type of islet cells. Some researchers have found that this fat damages these cells, which stop making as much insulin.
In type 2 diabetes muscles need more insulin than normal: this is due to resistance to insulin caused by large amounts of fat and lack of exercise. For example, 110kg person needs more insulin that a 70kg person. So if your pancreas, the gland which makes the insulin, is running out of insulin, it may have enough insulin for a 70kg person. But if you were 40kg heavier, you would not have enough insulin for the extra weight, so you would be diabetic.
Experts say that losing just 5% to 10% of your total weight can help you lower your blood sugar considerably, as well as lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It’s not too late to make a positive change, even if you’ve already developed diabetes.
The bottom line is that by losing extra weight you have more control over your health than you think, it makes diabetes easier to control.