The Link Between Your Weight and Diabetes

The Link Between Your Weight and Diabetes

Diabetes is a widespread problem in the United States. This chronic condition causes high blood sugar, which puts you at risk of other health complications, including:

There are several forms and causes of diabetes, but Type 2 occurs most frequently. This type is directly associated with lifestyle factors, including obesity.

At LoneStar Bariatrics, Dr. Chad Carlton and our team help people in our care understand the role weight plays in diabetes. And, even if you haven’t had success losing weight in the past, we can help you finally reach your goals with nonsurgical and surgical options so you can get your diabetes under control.

Obesity and diabetes

The exact cause of diabetes isn’t known. However, one significant factor that increases your chances of Type 2 diabetes involves having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. 

Studies show that people with obesity are up to 80 times more likely to develop this form of diabetes compared to those with a BMI under 22. Part of the reason for this connection involves inflammation. That’s because carrying extra abdominal fat can actually change your metabolism and cause your fat cells to release more inflammatory chemicals into your system. This process interferes with how your body produces and responds to insulin, triggering insulin resistance. 

If you have insulin resistance, your cells don’t respond properly to insulin, the hormone that manages the sugar in your blood. The result? Sugar builds up in your system, leading to high blood sugar. And, as your body becomes more resistant to insulin, it tries to overcompensate by producing more insulin.

When you have more insulin than normal in your system, you have hyperinsulinemia. This condition also comes with health risks, including Type 2 diabetes and weight gain.

How weight loss can help

Now for the good news. Diabetes may be a persistent and chronic condition, but the link with obesity means that weight management can help ― even with a small amount of weight loss within a short period of time.

When you reduce your weight, it can improve insulin sensitivity in your body. It also reduces your chances of other health complications, like heart disease. In fact, weight loss is so effective in treating Type 2 diabetes that even a 5% reduction in body weight cuts your risk of the condition by more than half.

If you need help reaching your goals, our team offers numerous weight loss solutions, whether you need nutritional counseling or medical interventions.

Getting weight loss results

We know firsthand that lasting weight loss isn’t easy. That’s why we offer numerous solutions to help people reach a healthy weight and manage weight-related conditions, like diabetes.

We also understand that each of our patients are different, so we take a personalized approach to get results. These strategies include:

If you have diabetes because of your weight, we can help. Contact one of our locations in Plano or Waxahachie, Texas, by calling or scheduling a visit online today.

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