Diabesity – Obesity – Diabetes
“Diabesity” – The Obesity-Diabetes Link
Diabetes on the Rise
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rates of type 2, or adult onset, diabetes have tripled in the last 30 years. This is due largely to the global epidemic of obesity, a major risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes.
The connection between obesity and diabetes is so visible (97 percent of all cases of Type 2 diabetes are caused by excessive weight) that some health experts have coined a new term, Diabesity®. The word encapsulates the diabetic/weight connection and is a step towards the wider cluster of symptoms of Insulin Resistance Syndrome, a frequent precursor of coronary heart disease.
Reducing Risk of Diabesity® Becoming Insulin Resistance Syndrome
Losing weight is of crucial importance in reducing health complications of diabetes and obesity. Following a low-GI diet is an essential first step. Taking regular physical exercise is also critical. Some obesity experts believe that physical inactivity is a key factor that ought to be given more attention for its impact on preventing/reducing health risks of both obesity and diabetes. Evidence suggests that inactivity (by itself) leads to increased insulin resistance, and that even one bout of exercise improves insulin sensitivity in those with insulin resistance.