Type 2 diabetes is a weight-related health condition that develops when the body becomes insulin resistant and the body’s blood sugar level becomes totally uncontrollable by the insulin produced by the body (also refer to the “Obesity and Insulin-Resistance” section). This means that the body either does not produce enough insulin, or the body does not properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is necessary to regulate the body’s blood sugar. When the body is unable to control the amount of sugar (glucose) that we consume, glucose builds up in the blood stream, which can cause damage to the kidneys (nephropathy), eyes (diabetic retinopathy), nerves (neuropathy), heart (heart disease), the brain (stroke) and possibly death.
How Can Weight Loss Help improve Insulin Resistance (Pre-Diabetes) and Diabetes?
The long-term control of Insulin Resistance and Obesity is best accomplished by following a comprehensive treatment protocol that your bariatrician can create for you including:
- Proper Nutrition: A healthy eating plan is a long-term plan geared towards helping you control your sugar and carbohydrates cravings, lose weight and maintain your weight
- Exercising: Exercise has a direct blood sugar-lowering effect. It decreases the need for over production of insulin.
- Medications: FDA approved medications such as Metformin (Glucophage), Victoza, Bydureon, Byetta, Trulicity, Januvia, Janumet, Tradjenta, Jentadueto Jardiance and Farxiga (amongst others) are highly effective at positively controlling your body’s production, or usage of the insulin hormone, and at improving Insulin Resistance (Pre-diabetes) and Diabetes; when combined with a comprehensive weight loss plan that includes proper nutrition, exercise and behavior modification.
At Worthy Weight Loss, we design a comprehensive weight management plan that includes a healthy eating plan, exercise, behavior control and medications geared towards helping you lose weight, prevent (or treat) both Insulin Resistance and Diabetes.