Insights Into To Diabetes and Weight Management

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Diabetes and Your Weight

In this article, we are talking about diabetes and weight management. In very simple terms, we shall try to give an understanding of what is diabetes and what causes it. You will also learn about glucose, – the blood sugar – and the hormone insulin, the regulator. And how they all belong and work together. Eventually, you get to understand the link between the condition known as diabetes and body weight.

May be you are one of the unfortunate people who has to deal with living with diabetes. That would also mean you most probably know the challenges of dealing with the condition.  This is especially so if your condition is chronic.

For you who may not be having diabetes as a condition, but may be looking for information on behalf of a loved one, let me start from the beginning – by giving you an intro about diabetes in general, before we dive into the connection with weight loss.

Generally, we say a person is diabetic if or when their blood sugar level is higher than acceptable levels. Another name for blood sugar is glucose.

How and Why Does This Blood Sugar Level Become too High? 

Diabetes is about blood sugar, yes… that glucose.   Glucose is a type of sugar you get from foods you eat – mainly from carbohydrates.  But also from some other sources.

Your body then uses this sugar (or glucose, if you like) for energy.  The body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream.

However, during this process there is a regulator. The regulator is a hormone. This hormone regulates the amount of glucose that is allowed to enter the bloodstream to produce the energy. The hormone is produced in the pancreas. The regulator – the hormone – is called insulin.  The job of insulin is to regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.

Let us simply this;
When your blood sugar goes up beyond the required level, your body signals your pancreas to release a hormone called insulin. Insulin acts like a ‘key’ that turns on or off, to let the right amount of blood sugar into your body’s cells. Your body then uses this sugar (glucose) as energy.

So What Causes Diabetes?

When your pancreas does not make enough insulin, or when for some reason, your body cannot effectively use the insulin produced, diabetes knocks. Or at least tries to.

In other words, when there isn’t enough insulin, or your body cells stop responding to the insulin, too much blood sugar – more than is needed – stays in your bloodstream.   That is called diabetes.

There are 2 types of diabetes. Type 1 and Type 2

With type 1 diabetes, cells in the pancreas that are meant to ‘manufacture’ insulin are destroyed. The pancreas is therefore unable to make insulin. In turn, your body is unable to process and regulate glucose due to the lack of insulin. Since there’s no insulin available to move glucose into the body’s cells, glucose builds up in the bloodstream. Your kidneys then work hard to remove this unused sugar through urination. That would be diabetes type 1.

Moving on…

With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas may as well be producing insulin as intended, but your body’s cells are not able to respond to insulin as well as they should.  This causes your body to rely on alternative energy sources in your tissues, muscles, and organs. This may lead to a chain reaction that can cause a variety of symptoms. Your body may become resistant to insulin because it is no longer using the insulin efficiently and effectively. Over time, this situation can damage cells in your pancreas. Eventually, your pancreas may not be able to produce any insulin. This is diabetes type 2.

The Link Between Diabetes and Body Weight

For people with diabetes – whether type 1 or type 2, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is very important. Maintaining a moderate weight can promote healthful blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of complications, such as heart disease, loss of vision, kidney disease, and even stroke.

Here Are Some Statistic About diabetes and Weight Management

Around 60% of people with type 1 diabetes are carrying extra weight
Around 85% of people with type 2 diabetes are carrying extra weight

From the above stats, there is some work to be done – for all.

A healthy weight goal is one thing; dropping or gaining the pounds and kilos is quite another. If there were an easy way to lose weight and keep it off, or gain weight and keep it one, everyone would be doing it. But nothing is ever that easy.

The link between weight and diabetes very strong, with studies confirming that persons with diabetes need to take their weight management very seriously.

Diabetes and Weight Management

To maintain overall health and reduce the potential risk of complications, it is recommended that people with diabetes choose safe weight-management methods for you who is living with diabetes.

A person with diabetes must consider several factors when deciding the best way to manage their weight. This may include their age, general health, and how much weight they have to lose.

The most important thing to do is to engage a healthcare professional before starting any new weight- management plan.

You should always consult with your doctor before you start any kind of weight management regime. Your doctor will know what kinds of things you need to look for if you are causing harm to yourself.

They can also tell you if there is something you need to do during the process.

Remember maintaining your health is most important!

Make sure you check the glucose levels in your blood as you are managing your weight. They may fluctuate and you need to know where they need to be at your new weight.

So, once again, if you are one of the unfortunate people who has to deal with living with diabetes, we hope that these tips are of help to you and that you can take them into consideration.  

I hope that this information not only helps you feel better about the way you feel and look but also it will help you control your glucose levels and help you live longer.

We conclude:

Diabetes is a disease that can cause you many more health issues that are not easy to deal with. Managing your weight is the number one thing that most health professionals want you to do when you have diabetes.  

If you are at a healthy weight your body can process the sugars that you are eating in a better way and you can reduce the amount of time you spend worrying or maintaining your diabetes. Please work on that.

I hope that advice in this article can help you start out on your journey and lead you to success in the way to managing your diabetes and weight.

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