Fast Facts About Diabetes Obesity
Type 2 diabetes used to be the province of adults, because it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. Now it counts among its numerous victims, pre-pubescent children and teens. What is the culprit? Too much fat- more and more kids and adults fall into the dangerous mode of being not to careful of their weight and diabetes obesity results.
But diabetes obesity is not the only risk as obesity has ballooned into a national problem of epic proportions, no puns intended. The National Heart, Lung and Blood institute reports that 61% of the national adult population is considered overweight (borderline obese) or obese. It has even released a guide that addresses not only diabetes obesity, but of the general complications that being obese causes which includes heightened risks from hypertension, heart diseases and other conditions.
There is special concern specifically for diabetes obesity because studies have shown that compared to type 1 sufferers, type 2 patients have a better chance of reversing their condition if the cause of their diabetes is obesity. In a lot of cases, diabetes obesity was cured after electing for gastric-bypass surgery. But for some who may find this procedure too drastic or invasive, traditional methods for effectively losing weight are still viable options. Diabetes obesity sufferers should take the first step of understanding the dynamics of what role obesity plays in diabetes.
What say the experts about diabetes obesity?
Experts who have studied the effect of weight loss on fasting blood glucose and fasting insulin levels ahave discovered that only when the weight loss is done through a variety of lifestyle changes does it become truly effective in significantly reducing glucose levels in type 2 patients. There is also evidence that by substantially decreasing ones “love handles” or “beer gut” glucose tolerance is greatly improved, although experts say that this precludes or is independent with weight loss. If you are the type who would love something very active like dancing or fast aerobics to shake off the pounds, it is recommended that you check with your doctor first; there is limited evidence to suggest that cardio-respiratory regimens improves glucose tolerance to a significant degree among overweight individuals.
Diabetes obesity – Cardiovascular problems
It is also recommended that you better think twice about opting for diet pills or any kind of herbal or FDA approved medication that aids in weight loss as there is evidence to suggest that these do not appear to improve blood glucose levels. Some which may contain fat-burning ingredients or chemicals may be potentially risk for patients who have been already profiled as having cardiovascular problems.
An effective diabetes obesity plan should consider the following guidelines put forward by the NHLBI:
1. Dietary therapy with a low calorie diet that should slash around 500-1000 calories per day
2. Physical activity that should be at least 3-5 times a week and moderately paced; 30 minutes per session should be fine
3. Behavioral therapy because obese people often believe that their eating habits have nothing to do with their psychological make-up when in truth, eating disorders or unusual eating habits have deep mental and psychological underpinnings
4. Should your doctor recommend it, you may use FDA-approved weight loss medications that should be strictly used in combination with your diet and fitness plans.
5. Gastric-bypass surgery? Only when all other options fail and when your physical condition makes it an optimal choice.