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The Link Between Your Weight and Type 2 Diabetes

The Link Between Your Weight and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes, a chronic condition, can result in serious health consequences. Some people are born with diabetes. Most of these people have a condition called Type 1 diabetes, typically diagnosed in childhood. Type 2 diabetes develops during adulthood for most, and can often be prevented. Type 2 diabetes accounts for the majority of cases of diabetes in the United States today.

Are you aware of your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? Factors like genetics can increase your predisposition to diabetes, but your body weight also makes a big difference. Keeping your weight under control can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes.

The team at Nutrition & Health Center provide professional weight loss management services, as well as support for new and existing patients living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Understanding Type 2 diabetes

When you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas, an organ in your abdomen, stops producing sufficient levels of the chemical insulin. In some cases of Type 2 diabetes, developed insulin resistance causes problems even when enough insulin is still naturally produced.

Without the right levels of insulin, your body can’t consistently regulate your blood sugar. High blood sugar, or blood sugar swings, can cause serious consequences for your long-term health and wellness.

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that can be controlled with the right treatment.

Body weight and Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes results from several factors. With the right care and approach, most cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable.

In addition to factors like family history and ethnicity, problems with unhealthy body weight and activity levels are the leading cause of diabetes risk in adults. Being overweight or obese is the single greatest risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Lack of regular physical activity and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels are also significant risk factors.

You’re more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as you get older, so it’s important to keep your body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure at healthy levels once you reach a certain age. Diabetes risk particularly grows after the age of 45.

If you can lose just 5%-10% of your body weight, you can significantly decrease your risk of health complications like Type 2 diabetes. Our team provides weight loss support that really works, without too much sacrifice of your favorite foods. Exercise, dietary counseling, and weight loss medications can all help you get your weight to a healthier range.

To learn more about the link between being overweight or obese and your risk of Type 2 diabetes, and for professional medical weight loss support you can rely on to maintain your health and wellness, get in touch with the team at Nutrition & Health Center

Schedule your initial consultation appointment online, or call today to book.

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