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Connection between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Updated at: Oct 31, 2012
Written by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Aug 03, 2012
Connection between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Connection between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Obesity is related to type 2 diabetes as close to 85 per cent type 2 diabetics are known to be obese. This connection is further established by the fact that by reducing weight, diabetics are able to

Connection between Obesity and Type 2 DiabetesMost of type 2 diabetics are overweight. Statistics reveal that 85 per cent of them are overweight. Doctors are yet to point out a reason for it but research is going on to look for possible causes behind overweight people developing type 2 diabetes. It has been theorised that as the condition of being overweight leads to certain cellular changes, they transform the cells to be resistant to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance.

The impact of insulin resistance

A person suffering from insulin resistance develops such muscle fat, muscle and liver cells that do not respond to insulin. In this condition, the pancreas produces a lot of insulin. This leads to too much insulin remaining in the blood as it does not get absorbed in the cells. In a person who has more of fat cells than muscle cells, the insulin ceases to keep blood sugar levels regulated. Thus, the insulin-producing cells need to produce more of it maintain the blood sugar levels. This eventually causes the cells to fail. [Read: What are the Symptoms of Insulin Resistance in Diabetes?]

Losing weight lessens the risk of type 2 diabetes


The connection between obesity and type 2 diabetes is clear by the fact that by losing weight, you are able to lower the risk of getting the disease. Losing weight and increasing physical activity helps you to control your blood sugar levels. It also helps you to delay the complications of type 2 diabetes. [Read: How Does Obesity Cause Diabetes]

Moreover, it has been proven that if you lose weight and engage in exercise, it can allow you to reduce the diabetes medications and in some cases, even eliminate it. You need to discuss these issues with your doctor before taking any step of modifying your medications.

Research on weight change leading to a difference in your overall health and diabetes risk has shown very positive results. According to The National Institutes of Health Diabetes Prevention Program in USA, that just by losing 5 to 7 per cent of body weight, and performing exercises of moderate intensity, one can delay or even prevent the occurrence of type 2 diabetes.


The symptoms of type 2 diabetes such as blurred vision, fatigue, increased appetite, increased frequency and volume of urination, unquenchable thirst, dehydration, slow healing from cuts or sores, and numbness or tingling in extremities are some of the symptoms that are experienced more in obese people. If you want to ignore these symptoms of diabetes, it is important that you avoid becoming obese. Diabetes is one of the major disease threats in people who are obese along with a lot of other complications.


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