The Link Between Being Overweight and Type 2 Diabetes

The Link Between Being Overweight and Type 2 Diabetes

Did you know that being overweight means you’re six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes? The connection between weight and diabetes isn’t always straightforward, however, since not everyone who’s overweight or obese becomes diabetic. 

At Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, our providers are committed to helping patients get their weight under control to help them manage their diabetes. We customize our professional weight loss program to help you reach your weight loss and health goals.

Since many of our patients wonder about the link between weight and diabetes, we created this guide to help answer your questions. 

The connection between excess body weight and diabetes

More than 90% of adults with Type 2 diabetes are either obese or overweight. The link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes is so strong that researchers use the term “diabesity” to describe this health concern. 

The reason being overweight increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is linked to the nature of the disease. 

Blood sugar and insulin

Your body takes what you consume and uses the calories as fuel. To do this, your body breaks down the calories and converts them into sugar (glucose). 

The glucose enters your bloodstream to be used all over your body. Your pancreas manages how much sugar stays in your blood (blood sugar). 

Your body does this by producing insulin, a hormone that brings glucose to your muscles for immediate use. If you don’t need the fuel right away, insulin helps transport the glucose to your liver to store as fat for later use. 

When you’re overweight or obese, you’re consuming more “fuel” than you burn. As a result, your liver fills with excess fat. Eventually, there isn’t enough room to store excess glucose in your liver. 

This means the glucose remains in your blood, raising your blood sugar levels. What’s more? As your blood sugar levels rise, other cells in your body resist letting in glucose as a source of energy.

Insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes

When cells in your body begin resisting letting in blood sugar, you develop something called “insulin resistance.” This condition causes even more sugar to stay in your bloodstream. 

Your pancreas detects the extra blood glucose. It tries to lower your elevated blood sugar level by producing even more insulin. 

This cycle overworks your pancreas. Over time, it stops working right and starts making less and less insulin, leading to Type 2 diabetes. 

Fortunately, there’s also good news regarding Type 2 diabetes and being overweight: You can manage Type 2 diabetes and even reverse the condition by taking control of your weight and making other healthy lifestyle changes. 

What if I need help getting my weight under control?

At MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers, we know it’s not always easy to lose weight. No two people are exactly the same, so our providers take a personalized, integrated approach to helping you manage your weight. By doing this and enacting other strategies, we can help you prevent getting diabetes or help you get it under control if you have it.

First, your MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers provider spends time learning about your history, personal preferences, lifestyle, and overall health and wellness goals. Then your provider develops a personalized weight-loss program, which may include one or more of the following:

For more information about our weight management program, call 949-339-1624 or book an appointment online with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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