The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

There are many health risks associated with being overweight, and the link between diabetes and obesity is one of the more dangerous ones. If you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, losing weight can help prevent it. 

Diabetes prevention is the main goal and should be discussed with your doctor. But even if you already have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you’ll need a plan to manage it and keep your blood sugar in a normal range.

The team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey are big advocates for preventative care, especially when it comes to diabetes. Here in Vineland, New Jersey, Dr. Donald Huston, Dr. Per Montero-Pearson, and Dr. Maurice Sheetz are happy to create a plan to help you lose weight, exercise, and achieve better health. But if you are living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, we’ll help you regain control of your life with our diabetes clinic. 

Risks of obesity

In the US, over two-thirds of all adults are either overweight or obese. In addition to causing type 2 diabetes, obesity can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and complications during pregnancy. 

When you’re overweight, your cells literally change. This could make them resistant to insulin, a hormone that carries sugar through your blood and into your cells. If blood sugar does not get into the cells, your numbers won’t be normal. 

Risks of type 2 diabetes

The risks associated with type 2 diabetes are very similar as the ones for obesity. But you can now factor in the possibility of stroke and even going blind. And diabetes is listed among the leading causes of death in the US. So even if you have diabetes, it’s essential to your health that you find a way to reduce your weight and stay in shape. 

The diabetes clinic treatments

For now there’s no cure for diabetes, but it can be properly managed. This includes keeping your blood sugar at normal levels and making some major lifestyle adjustments. We’ll work with you on nutrition and meal planning and give you full weight loss support. Exercising and controlling your stress are also extremely important. 

We’ll also instruct you on how to monitor your glucose, take care of your feet, and inject yourself with insulin. Our RN, who leads the diabetes clinic, offers both group and private classes. Preventing and treating diabetes really does take a team, and the team at Medical Alliance of Southern New Jersey is ready to lead you to better health. 

If you’re obese, let’s take every step we can to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. We’re always here for you with the best and highest quality care. Call us or use the Request Appointment button here to get started today.  

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