Lifestyle, Age and Obesity in Diabetes

The single most prominent factor in developing of type 2 diabetes appears to be obesity. If your weight is more than 20 percent over your desirable body weight it is obesity. That simple. You can check it in no time using those scales and tell yourself the truth without going to your doctor. Obesity problem can be triggered not only by too much potato chips after that gallon of ice-cream following a bowl of tasty popcorn but by genetics also as scientists thinks.

Having too much body fat, as in obesity, promotes body resistance to insulin in some way. This is the main reason why type 2 diabetes treated mostly with special diabetes diet and exercise. In order to increase the body usage of insulin in effective way individual must gradually lose weight, body fat, and gain more muscle. Also pay attention to that fact that there is a link between type 2 diabetes and where your body is too fat. People with central body obesity, which means carrying excess fat above the hips, have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with excess fat on the hips and thighs.

Age also appears to play a role in the onset of diabetes. Half the new cases of type 2 diabetes occur in people over age 55. Please look to the right side of the page. There you can see great links for websites linked to diabetes disease theme. I hope you will find more information there. Because people tend to gain weight as they age, many researchers think that the reason more older people develop diabetes is because more older people are overweight.

Once again we will stress it hard, leading an inactive, sedentary life without regular exercise and consuming high-calorie food can lead to type 2 diabetes and probably would. Obesity greatly contribute to diabetes disease. Obesity, as well as type 2 diabetes, are common in Asian Americans and Hispanic Americans who have “westernized” their eating and activity habits. Yahoo to big screen TV’s and greasy snacks! 🙂

In the DPP (Diabetes Prevention Program), researchers tested wether changing lifestyle patterns, following simple medical advice, or taking the oral diabetes medication metformin (Glucophage) could delay or prevent the onset of diabetes in people at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. In the study, 3234 volunteers were studied who were overweight and had malfunctioning glucose tolerance, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not as high as in a person with diabetes.

There were tree groups. First group, the lifestyle changing group, exercised for 30 minutes a day five times a week and followed a low-fat diet. Individuals in the second group were treated with 850 mg metformin drug twice a day. Third group took placebo pills instead of metformin. Group two and tree also received information on exercise and diet. The study ended a year early when researchers found that people in the lifestyle changing group who lost 5 to 7 percent of their weight had a 58 percent lower incidence of diabetes. Metformin also lowered the incidence of diabetes by 31 percent.

The results strongly indicate that exercising regularly and reducing your weight can go a long way in preventing type 2 diabetes from developing. Amen!

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