Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Understanding Diabesity

This disease has many different names depending on whom you ask, some call it diabesity, and others prefer the term cardiometabolic disease or metabolic syndrome. But the same problem associated with this condition is insulin resistance and obesity. And according to new research, almost half of all American adults are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes due to the connection of between excess abdominal fat and insulin resistance, which is the causes of diabetes. The main culprit in this condition is the fat cells, particularly the fats accumulating around your stomach area. Fat cells, especially abdominal fat will produce excess hormones that will affect insulin uptake by the cells and tissues causing insulin resistance, raising blood pressure and increased inflammation throughout the body. Abdominal obesity leads to increase fat in the liver, which drives insulin resistance, and increased fat in muscle tissue leads to resistance to insulin in these tissues. Women who gain weight are the most vulnerable especially at menopause because the develop insulin resistance plus high triglycerides and low level of HDL.

When the blood sugar in the body rises out of control due to insulin resistance, it damages blood vessels and can even trigger heart attacks and strokes. Even before a person develops diabetes, the risk of heart disease increases once you have impaired fasting glucose, a condition now called prediabetes. The risk of diabesity depends on large part, the waist circumference. The best way to reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease if to exercise and loose weight and learn to keep the pounds off. But the most important step you can take to avoid gaining weight in the first place. When obese people loose even small amount of weight, it will have a tremendous impact on their health. To reduce the risk of diabesity, here are some things you can do like trying the Mediterranean diet, which includes eating mono saturated fats such as olive oil, lean protein, low and non fat dairy foods and high fiber foods like beans as well as certain fruits and vegetables. Limit your refined carbohydrates and increase fiber, boost your metabolism and calorie burn with weight training and aerobic exercise.



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