Over 400 million people around the globe are afflicted with diabetes. And the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that numbers have been rising rapidly, which is worrying given the adverse health conditions the disease can lead to, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.
There are three types of diabetes: type 1, a genetic condition where the body doesn’t make insulin, the hormone that turns sugar into energy; type 2, where the body doesn’t use insulin well; and gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy.
Of these, it’s type 2 that’s the most prevalent, affecting some 90-95% of people.
The good news, however, is that one can manage and reduce the risk of developing this form of diabetes by, among others, maintaining a healthy weight.
Here are some ways weight management can help deal with and even prevent diabetes
Improves blood sugar
Diabetic persons have high blood glucose levels due to the body not properly absorbing insulin, the hormone that turns sugar into energy. The problem gets worse the heavier one is. But weight loss can improve insulin sensitivity and bring blood sugar down.
Increased weight translates to more low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” in the blood. Conversely, dropping the pounds ensures that the liver produces the right amount of cholesterol to build tissue, cell membrane and Vitamin D.
Protects the heart and vital organs
Diabetes threatens the heart, kidneys, nerves, blood vessels and more. But a healthy weight automatically improves insulin absorption and cuts fat buildup on artery walls. This ensures a lower threat of heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease.
Ensures better sleep
Health and sleep go hand-in-hand, with sleep apnea and nocturnal hypoglycemia among the common conditions. Weight loss, however, reduces episodes of obstructive sleep, which then allows for better control of blood sugar levels.
Gets you feeling good
Fluctuating blood sugar can cause mood swings. But a healthy weight can boost energy levels, improve self-esteem and generally makes you happier. Even a 2% reduction in body weight can improve your mood and outlook.
Conclusion: There are many ways to responsibly manage one’s weight, including regular exercise, cutting back on calories and increasing fibre intake. And you can look too to augment and maintain your efforts with Belite, QNET’s complete weight management formula that boosts metabolism, keeps cholesterol and sugar levels down, and detoxifies the body.
Despite afflicting some 400 million people around the globe, diabetes, specifically type 2, can be managed and even prevented by us choosing to maintain a healthy weight. Best of all, it’s possible to see and feel positive effects immediately.
Remember, there are no one-off miracle cures for managing and preventing diabetes. But sustained efforts like watching what we eat and maintaining a healthy weight can help in a big way.