OBESITY CAUSES DIABETES

Diabetes by default is always associated with sugar. We simple assume that people who have a sugar tooth are the most likely to get diabetes, and weight loss (& cholestorol control) sometimes goes hand in hand with becoming more healthy. This misconception carried on for years and years before doctors finally started to understand the reasons behind diabetes. There are many reasons behind diabetes which are not in our control like genes but at the same time one of the major causes of diabetes i.e obesity is totally under our control and is directly related to our lifestyle.

In today's world where everything is available with the click of a mouse or with a single phone call, food is plentiful and exercise has become optional. A human body is not meant to be treated this way. Our body needs nutritional food and proper exercise to be able to perform properly. If the body is not given proper respect, there is no way it is going to reciprocate.

The result of obesity is often Type II diabetes. In this type of diabetes, the body fails to utilise the insulin produced properly. This insulin is required to take sugar from the blood to the cells. Insulin is produced by pancreas whenever a person eats a meal. There are two types of conditions that can be expected to arise as a result of Type II diabetes:

Hypoglycemia

Also known as low blood sugar. Sometimes also called an insulin reaction, it's not necessary it happens to people who are not taking care of their diabetes. This can also happen even when the patient is taking all necessary measures to manage diabetes.

A patient should always be careful of the symptoms like shaking, dizziness, sweating, clumsy movements etc which signal the oncoming reaction. If even the slightest indication is felt, the patient should immediately try to treat the reaction rather than wait for it to take its full shape.

Hyperglycemia

This is the term used for high blood sugar. This happens when the body has too little insulin or when it is not being able to use the insulin properly.

Again, the patients should be wary of symptoms like high blood glucose, frequent urination and increased thirst. If a person fails to treat hyperglycemia in time, it may result in a condition called ketoacidosis, also called diabetic coma.

Are the above mentioned risks worth taking just because you were too complacent to bother about your eating habits? Diabetes is a serious disease and a liability. It does not mean that a person who has diabetes is doomed, but when you can avoid it, you should. This does not take much effort except making not of what you put in your mouth. Try to take out some time from your schedule to get some exercise. This does not imply that you have to run marathons, just 10-20 mins of brisk walking everyday can go a long way in keeping you fit. All junk food in your fridge and cupboard should be immediately replaced with fruits and vegetables. Do you know that a single can of your favourite cold drink has more than 7 spoons of sugar? If this doesn't lead to obesity, what will?

Obesity has no benefits at all. A person who is obese is unhappy and prone to many more risks than just diabetes. Don't let yourself fall into this trap.