The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

Diabetes is an undeniably complex and serious disease that affects a staggering number of Americans and puts you at risk for health outcomes that are just as serious: stroke, blindness, heart failure, and even amputations. 

Type 2 diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in those 35 and older, is strongly linked to obesity, but it’s also the type of diabetes that can be prevented, unlike Type 1, which usually emerges in childhood.

Obesity is just one major risk factor for the disease, but it’s a powerful one. Though high blood pressure, age, and having a close relative with diabetes all raise your risk, obesity is one of the factors you can control the most, through diet and exercise.

This is only possible, however, if you work with someone who really knows the condition inside and out. Dr. Susan Biegel is one of those clinical experts, having had experience caring for many patients who have faced higher risk for Type 2 diabetes or who live with it every day.

How does obesity raise my risk for developing Type 2 diabetes?

As fatty tissue builds up in your body through weight gain, your cells become increasingly insulin-resistant. Controlling your weight can help you lower your risk for diabetes. If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, your weight can impact the amount of insulin you need. 

If you haven’t been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you can reduce your chances of developing it by losing weight, which, by definition means opting for good food choices and engaging in daily physical activity. 

The majority of people who already have Type 2 diabetes struggle with keeping their weight down. Taking control of your weight, however, is critical in managing your disease and lowering your risk for other related health conditions.

Obesity and diabetes form a vicious cycle you want to exit

If you have Type 2 diabetes and are obese or simply overweight, you’re putting yourself at risk for more serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke. There’s good news if you lose weight, though:

We know it’s easier said than done to lose weight and keep it off. That’s why Dr. Biegel approaches you with a whole-person treatment model that recognizes you’re not superhuman; you’ll still attend birthday parties, get together with friends for a drink after work, and give in to a food craving once in a while.

Multi-pronged support for diabetic patients wanting to lose weight

As Dr. Biegel’s patient, you find compassion and support, as well as practical weight control education, from the get-go. She offers real-life strategies around food choices, blood sugar management, and working exercise into your busy schedule. 

Taking the reins with your weight is key for avoiding all the other problems that accompany diabetes, from neuropathy and vision problems to high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Dr. Biegel believes a blend of preventive care and carefully considered treatment work best for patients. 

Facing your weight issues with Dr. Biegel, as a team

The weighty issue of excess pounds is hard to face alone. Contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Biegel so you can feel more empowered about your weight and the entire issue of managing your diabetes. 

Dr. Biegel and our team give you an all-purpose toolbox of weight management strategies that include ways to ease even basic activities such as eating smart and moving. Call our office to make an appointment or book one online through our website.

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