The Relationship Between Diabetes and Obesity
There is no denying that there is a distinct correlation between people with diabetes and people who suffer from obesity. The International Diabetes Foundation states that, “Diabetes and obesity are the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.” The facts they use to support this are astounding:
- As of 2011, diabetes affected 25.8 million (8.3 percent) Americans.
- Every 3 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes
- Of the children born in 2000, one in three will eventually develop diabetes
Although factors like age, race, and family history contribute to diabetes and obesity, the conveniences of modern life are prevailing as a cause of these diseases.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 80 to 90 percent of the people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are also diagnosed as obese. Being obese puts a lot of extra stress on your body’s ability to absorb glucose. In some cases, it may make your body insulin resistant.
Insulin is the hormone produced by the pancreas that enables your body to absorb the glucose in your bloodstream. Diabetics give themselves injections of insulin in order to be able to absorb the glucose from their bloodstream because they either do not produce any insulin or they produce very little.
It is believed that the majority of the weight gained during diabetes is due to insulin. Weight gain is very common in people who take insulin to treat their diabetes. The reason behind this is the more insulin you take, the more glucose is absorbed. Since excess glucose is stored as fat, you may gain weight if you do not follow a careful diet.