Do I have diabetes?

Will Weight Gain or Obesity Cause Diabetes?

This is an excellent question, and the answer is – it depends. While weight gain or obesity doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely get diabetes, it raises your risk immensely. Studies have shown that the majority of people who get type 2 diabetes are usually overweight.

People who are severely obese are at a much higher risk. Besides diabetes, carrying excess weight on your body leaves you open to many other serious health issues like heart disease, osteoarthritis, hypertension, etc.

Excess weight adversely affects your body’s insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. This is just setting the stage for diabetes to take root.

Your body’s fat cells can expand up to 4 times their average size. Once they reach their maximum capacity, your body will start producing more fat cells to contain the excess fat that your body keeps producing. This is what leads to obesity. The only way to arrest this problem will consume less food.

You need to be at a caloric deficit so that the body has no choice but to turn to the fat cells for fuel. The larger your fat cells grow, the more they impact insulin sensitivity and cause inflammation, which leads to diabetes and many other health problems.

One of the best ways to prevent diabetes is to reduce your food intake and include more physical activity in your daily life. This two-pronged approach will yield the best results.

When you’re overweight, your body has more visceral fat. This is the dangerous fat that covers your internal organs such as your liver. When you have a fatty liver, it has a much higher chance of becoming insulin resistance.

Since your liver produces glucose, when it’s insulin insensitive, it’ll produce more glucose and exacerbate the problem. The most effective way of preventing this is to lose weight all over your body since you can’t spot reduce.

When you’re overweight, there’s also a high chance that your muscle cells will have fat too. This will make it difficult for the insulin in your body to deliver glucose to the muscles. In other words, your muscles are insulin resistant also. This can and probably will lead to diabetes.

One of the biggest problems with being overweight is that it’s often accompanied by inflammation. Most people who are obese get to this point due to poor diet choices and a lack of activity.

Their diets are high in sugar, salt, processed foods, and junk food. These foods cause inflammation that leads to many health problems and a general sense of unease. If your body hurts for no reason, if you do not feel right, if your moods are affected, your body is probably inflamed.

Besides just causing pain, the inflammation can become systemic and causes diseases such as hypertension and heart disease. Studies are starting to show that inflammation causes insulin resistance, which is one of the leading causes of diabetes.

The point to take away from this entire article is this – lose your excess weight. There is a multitude of benefits that can be accrued by being at your ideal weight. Eating right and being active is not difficult if you make it a part of your lifestyle.

If you don’t make time to exercise and watch your diet, you’ll end up having to make time for diabetes and other nasty diseases. You absolutely must do your best to be at your ideal weight.

 

What’s Your Diabetes Risk?

The best way to avoid diabetes is to take immediate action when you’re in the prediabetes stage. By immediately getting on a weight loss program and minimizing your sugar intake, you can avoid getting this disease to a large extent.

However, if you do have diabetes, it can still be managed, but you have to know the risks. There is a maxim to bear in mind – Nothing is so bad that it can’t get worse. This applies to diabetes too.

If not kept under control, it can escalate and cause severe complications and even death. Uncontrolled diabetes is a critical matter that can be avoided with careful monitoring and positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.

In this article, we’ll look at several risk factors. If you find yourself saying yes to most of these points, you’re in the prediabetes stage, or you need to get your diabetes under control.

• Obesity – Are you overweight? This is the single most significant cause of type 2 diabetes. Your risk decreases as you lose the excess pounds.

• Your age – If you’re above the age of 45, you’re at a much higher risk.

• Does anyone in your family have diabetes? – Genetics is another factor that raises your risk. A family history of diabetes will indicate an increased risk because of heredity.

• Hypertension – High blood pressure and diabetes seem to bosom buddies, and many people with hypertension end up getting diabetes too, and vice versa. So, reduce your sodium intake to curb this problem.

• Do you have high cholesterol? – If the answer is yes, you’re at a higher risk. Start consuming fish oil supplements and reduce your consumption of processed foods to lower your LDL cholesterol level.

• Are you stressed out all the time? – Stress leads to a myriad of health issues, one of which is diabetes. Take time to de-stress.

• Do you smoke? – This foul habit has zero benefits and a ton of negative consequences. It opens the door to many dangerous diseases. If you’re a smoker, you should quit.

• Do you exercise often? – If the answer is no, it’s time to start. A sedentary lifestyle not only makes you weaker, but it also leads to diabetes, osteoporosis, and many other health problems as you age.

• What’s your diet like? – You’ll have to honest with yourself here. If your diet is high in processed foods, junk food, refined carbohydrates, etc., you’ll be at a high risk of diabetes.

Your diet plays a massive role in determining the state of your health. Like they say in the fitness industry, “Exercise is one step forward, but a poor diet is two steps back.” You must dial in your diet if you wish to prevent or manage diabetes.

These are just some of the risk factors associated with diabetes. If you’re guilty of several of these, don’t panic. You can always turn your life around starting today. All you need to do is watch what you eat and exercise more.

Once you get those in place, then you can take time to de-stress and do all the other things to help lower your risk. Prevention is better than cure… but if you’re already affected, take immediate action and it’ll not only conquer your fear but will mitigate the problem. Diabetes can be prevented and/or controlled.

 

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Many people are unaware of the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The common understanding among laymen is that too much sugar causes diabetes, and that type 2 is less severe than type 1.

The truth of the matter is that both types of diabetes are serious. Type 2 is just managed more conveniently since you do not have to inject yourself with insulin. However, the fact remains that patients of both types of diabetes can’t use glucose in the body optimally, and this is the crux of the problem.

• The difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

The most significant difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is the body’s ability to produce insulin. With type 1 diabetes, the beta cells in the body are destroyed. The body produces NO insulin at all. Because of this, type 1 diabetes sufferers need to inject insulin into their body to manage the glucose in the bloodstream.

In type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin. However, it doesn’t produce it in sufficient quantities to cope with the glucose in the blood.

Type 2 diabetes arises due to insulin insensitivity and obesity. It can be prevented to a large extent at the prediabetes stage. If the patient changes to diet and eliminates sugar entirely for a few weeks until the body’s insulin sensitivity resets.

• Characteristics & Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes is classified as an ‘auto-immune disease’ because the body works against itself. It treats the beta cells as foreign invaders and destroys them. Of the two types of diabetes, type 1 is more dangerous. Fortunately, it affects fewer people.

One of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes is thirst. You’ll feel thirsty more often because your body is dehydrated from urinating constantly. This brings us to the next symptom – frequent urination.

 

Diabetes causes patients to urinate more frequently. There’s a reason for this. The kidneys process the glucose in the body and use water to dissolve it. Because of this, there is excessive urine production, and this will dehydrate the patient.

Weight loss can affect type 1 diabetes sufferers if the condition is left untreated and allowed to escalate. Since you’re urinating frequently and losing the sugar, you may become hungry more often. It is a strange situation to be in because you’re eating more but still losing weight.

Over and above that, your vision may become unclear and blurry if there is excess glucose in your blood. Insulin injections will mitigate this problem.

Lethargy, unexplained tiredness, and a general sense of unease are all symptoms of type 1 diabetes. It’s essential to see a doctor if you encounter these symptoms. Do not bury your head in the sand and expect them to go away on their own. Type 1 diabetes requires medical attention.

Nobody is really too sure of what causes type 1 diabetes. But doctors have suggested genetics, viral infections and even introducing cows’ milk to a baby too early as potential causes of diabetes.

Whatever the case may be, diabetes is not a death sentence. With proper monitoring and a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent complications related to diabetes and still live a healthy and rewarding life.

 

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Statistics show that every year, over 1 million people in the US are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Even though so many people have it, this is a mostly preventable disease.

The problem that type 2 diabetes patients have is that the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin to cope with blood glucose in the body. The reason this happens is that the body is insulin insensitive – probably due to a poor diet spanning years.

Let’s look at some of the leading causes and factors that lead to type 2 diabetes.

• Obesity

If you’re obese and over the age of 40, that puts you at a much higher risk of type 2 diabetes. All you need to do is reduce your intake of sugar as much as you can, cut down your consumption of refined carbohydrates and exercise more.

1 month of this is enough to improve your insulin sensitivity. This is the best way to prevent diabetes. 1 in 3 adults are the prediabetic stage, and they do not even realize it because it has very few warning signs. So, it’s best to follow the advice above and reset your insulin sensitivity.

• Genetics

Genetics plays a role too. If your family has a history of diabetes, there’s a high chance that you could get it also. This doesn’t mean that you’re doomed. If you’re at your ideal weight, lead an active life and eat wisely, you can still lower your risk of diabetes to the point where you don’t get it.

• High blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure, your risk of getting diabetes is high too. This is a double whammy. Here’s the worst part, having diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to heart disease. This is a triple threat that you really do not want to have. Reduce your salt intake and prevent hypertension.

• Hormonal disorders and prescription drugs

Some people have hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome or Cushing’s syndrome, which increases their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Prescription drugs such as corticosteroids raise your diabetes risk too.

• Inactive lifestyle

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle and reaching for the TV remote is about as much exercise as you get, your risk of type 2 diabetes will be higher. Stay active, and you’ll be fitter, stronger, and will ward off this nasty disease.

• Stress and depression

Stress and depression can trigger several health issues in your body and lead to type 2 diabetes. Try to de-stress and have fun. Learn to relax and take a break. Do not let stress get the better of you.

Generally, type 2 diabetes doesn’t have particular symptoms. You may feel more lethargic and need to urinate often in the night. The best way to find out if you have diabetes will be to go for a medical check-up.

If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, don’t lose hope. This is a health issue that can be managed with proper action. If you lose your excess weight, it will be very manageable. All you need to do is exercise more, be aware of your diet choices, and stay at a healthy weight. If you can do that, you will be just fine.

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