Obesity and Diabetes

The Never-Ending Circle

Diabetes is a modern epidemic affecting the modern world. Obesity used to depict beauty and was only a phenomenon that affected the upper class. Today, slenderness is considered the epitome of beauty.

Obesity as a World Epidemic

Obesity is a risk factor for many illnesses that affect much of modern society, including cardiac and vascular diseases and diabetes. Eighty to ninety percent of Type II diabetics are obese. Obesity while diabetic is the beginning of a never ending circle. It is hard to balance the blood sugar levels of a diabetic without medication. Medication can cause weight gain.

Gaining Weight While Diabetic

Gaining weight can cause an increase in the blood sugar levels, which in turn is a risk factor in a series of diseases known as ‘syndrome X’. Syndrome X includes hypertension, abnormal fat levels in the blood and diabetes.

How does losing weight effect diabetics?
Does losing weight really reduce a person’s risk of cardiac and vascular diseases and other diseases attributed to diabetics? Losing weight, even a little bit, is usually expressed in a decrease in a person’s blood sugar levels, normalization of blood pressure, less fat in the blood and a better feeling in general.

But – Diabetics have a hard time losing weight, so can they succeed in dieting?
Absolutely! First of all, it’s important to remember that dieting and gaining weight work like a bank – saving calories means you’ll lose the amount you want. If one kg is 7000 calories and you have 1000 calories worth of food every day instead of 2000, you’ll lose a kg a week.

To keep a balanced diet, you must make sure not to consume less than 1000 calories a day. Acknowledge the fact that this is a life change, not a diet. This is a long period of time and also requires exercise. Most quick, drastic diets ultimately fail and losing weight and keeping it off is a long-term goal. Adopting this approach can make your life so much easier. It’s important to build your own personalized diet which will suit your needs. This is done together with a clinical dietician. All of us have foods that we have a hard time giving up – by keeping these ‘guilty pleasures’ (in controlled amounts), a person will be more likely to keep with a diet.

A person should derive satisfaction from a diet. It shouldn’t be too specific or repetitive, but rather it should be dynamic and suit the person’s needs in a healthy manner. This is a lifestyle and eating habit change, not a narrow-minded diet. These will be habits that accompany the diabetic his whole life.

The Importance of Exercise

Another important component of changing a person’s lifestyle also related to obesity and diabetes is exercising. Exercising is extremely important for everyone, especially diabetics. The relationship to obesity is related to increasing the calorie-burning. Losing weight is harder to do without exercising.