The Link Between Diabetes and Obesity

Are you struggling with your weight, and concerned about the effects it may have on your health? Are you concerned about the link between obesity and diabetes? Type II diabetes is a disease where your body cannot produce enough insulin, which helps process glucose. When your body can’t process insulin, your blood sugar levels can increase to dangerous levels.

At Gastonia Wellness & Long Term Care in Gastonia, North Carolina, Dr. James Needell can evaluate both your weight and any symptoms you have that may indicate diabetes. Some of those symptoms include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination, blurry vision, infections or sores that don’t heal, and fatigue.

How obesity and diabetes are linked

While the BMI (body mass index) is not a perfect indicator of health, doctors believe that people with a BMI of 30 or higher are more likely to develop diabetes. Roughly 90% of people with type II diabetes are classified as overweight or obese. Children who struggle with their weight can develop diabetes, but it’s more common in adults. 

Weight itself does not cause diabetes. Rather, diabetes has to do with where fat is stored in the body. Body fat is classified in two ways: visceral and subcutaneous. 

Visceral fat is stored in your belly, around your internal organs. This type of fat cannot be removed with dieting and exercise. Subcutaneous fat is the kind you can measure – and the kind many people work hard to trim down. It’s the visceral fat that can contribute to the development of diabetes.

How diabetes is treated

With a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, you can reduce your chances of developing diabetes. These are your best weapons to help your body process and regulate healthy blood sugar levels. But if diabetes runs in your family, Dr. Needell can help you monitor your blood sugar levels. 

He can show you how to use a glucose meter, and perhaps recommend regular check-ups. Depending on your risk, he may also recommend insulin therapy or medication. In extreme cases, bariatric surgery may help with weight loss, thus reducing the severity of your diabetes.

Learn more about managing your weight to prevent diabetes

If you’re concerned about diabetes and want to learn more about reducing your risk, or need to be tested for diabetes, you can reach Dr. Needell at 704-215-5444. You can also schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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