How Excess Fat Affects Diabetes

Updated at: Mar 01, 2012
How Excess Fat Affects Diabetes

Excess fat hampers insulin production, thus magnifying the chances of having diabetes. By controlling the amount of fat intake, one can avoid diabetes occurrence.

Aparna Mir
DiabetesWritten by: Aparna MirPublished at: Mar 01, 2012

Fat is one of the factors responsible for the occurrence of diabetes. By decreasing the intake of dietary fat one can significantly lower the probability of getting diabetes.

The hormone insulin is responsible for utilizing dietary fat and to store it as glycogen in liver.  When insulin stops working properly, it causes the fat level to rise abnormally in blood resulting in diabetes. It’s not only the amount of fat that governs the onset of diabetes, even the area of fat deposits play a role in diabetes occurrence.

Generally fat can get deposited in any part of the body including hands, thighs, legs, neck and stomach. When fat gets deposited in the stomach area it causes serious damage. Fat deposits in any part of the body transmit blood throughout the body, but fat deposit near the stomach sends blood to the liver only. It’s the liver’s function to remove insulin from the blood. Presence of excess fat near the belly area hinders the functioning of the liver.

The fat cells near the stomach area are insulin resistant. So when the amount of these cells increase, body’s ability to resist insulin also increases. The body becomes incapable of producing insulin which in turn affects the functioning of whatever little insulin is produced.

Insulin receptors are present in the body cells which trigger the production of insulin. Due to the excessive deposits of fats, these receptors become inaccessible. Hence, insulin production is hindered when required resulting in high sugar content in the blood. Unhealthy lifestyle and eating problems are the two most important factors responsible for fat deposition and finally diabetes.

There are numerous ways by which these excess fats can be cut down easily:

  • Proper exercise.
  • Eating a balanced diet rich in proteins, good fats and vitamins helps in reducing fat content from the body.
  • By regular check-ups, one can be aware of his/her body weight.

Excess fat or excess body weight indirectly controls the occurrence of diabetes in you. One can easily control the amount of body fat simply by changing his eating habits.




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