The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

Does the possibility of becoming diabetic keep you up at night? The link between weight gain and the development of type 2 diabetes is more complicated than you might think, but you might be able to lower your risk of one by treating the other.

At Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Melita Tate sees patients struggling with obesity or diabetes, and — more and more often — patients fighting both conditions simultaneously. 

With a holistic treatment plan, Dr. Tate can help reduce your risk of diabetes, help you lose weight that contributes to insulin resistance, and treat obesity in an effective and healthy way.

The link between obesity and diabetes

A genetic analysis performed by the Cleveland Clinic looked at five different research studies with over 880,000 participants, and found that obesity clearly increased the risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.

Obesity is a vicious circle, as it can be caused by insulin resistance and can also then become a cause of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that your body produces insulin but then doesn’t let the insulin do its job of taking sugar to your cells. 

This leads to more sugar being dumped into your bloodstream. High blood sugar levels are the hallmark of diabetes. 

What does your BMI say?

Most medical professionals use body mass index (BMI) to diagnose how much body fat you have and to determine obesity. 

A BMI score of 30 or higher indicates obesity, while a score of 40 or higher indicates severe obesity. If you have a high BMI, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes as well as metabolic syndrome.

Treating obesity and diabetes for better overall health

Unfortunately, obesity is often seen as a cosmetic issue instead of a health issue, and patients can find it hard to lose weight when the visible results are slow to manifest. 

However, losing even just 5% to 10% of your body weight can greatly improve your health, even if you still don’t have the exact body appearance you would wish for.

Weight loss and management can be achieved using a variety of methods. At Grassroots Healthcare, Dr. Tate may recommend a solid nutritional plan to help naturally manage your blood sugar levels if you are prediabetic or diabetic

She can also set you on the right path to weight loss by helping you establish a Keto diet, giving you HCG or B-12 injections to boost your metabolism, or reducing your cravings for sweets and other unhealthy foods with a sugar detox.

If you are ready to take control of your health, call our Tulsa, Oklahoma, office today at 918-212-8663 or conveniently book your appointment online.

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