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Understanding the Link Between Diabetes and Weight

  By posted Nov 1st 2012
Healthy Living

Weight and Diabetes

The most important threatening risk linked to being obese is diabetes. According to a study conducted by Diabetic Care Services and Pharmacy, around 80 to 90 percent people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are obese. Does this mean that every over-weight and obese person is at risk of developing diabetes? To understand this link between ‘Weight and Diabetes’ Dr. Eileen Canday – Chief Dietician at Breach Candy Hospital, helps us understand how the two are connected and what one can do to prevent this reality. 

Type 1 diabetes and weight 

Type 1 diabetes or juvenile diabetes occurs when the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. In a person with this type of diabetes, sugar is not moved into cells due to insufficient amount of insulin. This causes sugar to build up in the blood, which causes the cells to starve from nutrients and energy for daily bodily functions.

Due to high sugar levels, the sufferer gets dehydrated due to constant urination, which further causes weight loss and loss of calories. Hence, to maintain a proper weight follow guidelines laid down by your doctor.

Type 2 diabetes and weight

Type 2 diabetes occurs due to inadequate insulin production. The reason for this diabetes could be hereditary, lifestyle and obesity. All type 2 diabetic patients are treated by providing insulin. But, due to intake of insulin there is a high possibility of weight gain. Weight gain occurs because; glucose in the body is not utilized properly which leads to fat accumulation and causes weight gain. Hence, if you are a type 2 diabetic patient, be careful of what you eat.

Weight management tips

In order to stay away from sudden weight gain/loss follow these tips laid by Dr. Eileen Canday, to maintain a healthy weight. 

: Your diet plays a very important role in weight management. Include lots of fruits, vegetables, protein, good fats, and whole grains in your diet and drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
Physical activity: Practice at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. This will help your body remain active and keep your blood sugar level in control. 
Regular checking: Visit your doctor regularly, in order to keep your blood sugar level in control, and follow a diet recommended by your nutritionist or doctor. 

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