Recent research reveals that exercise and minor weight loss are vital in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even for those predisposed due to family history. According to the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), obesity significantly likens the chance that someone will develop type 2 diabetes.
Is weight loss the solution for those who have already developed disease? Yes.
However, it can be more difficult to lose weight once a person has developed type 2 diabetes. This is because the master metabolic hormone, insulin, loves to store fat in the body, making weight loss trickier for those living with diabetes. A very small study found that, in a group of 12 overweight adults and their spouses, those who had diabetes had a harder time losing weight.
Right up there with “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” is this question: “Does obesity cause insulin resistance and diabetes or do these conditions cause obesity?”
Believe it or not, there is intense debate about this among scientists.
Is it hard to lose weight with type 2 diabetes? It sure can be, but it is not as hard as some people think.
It is true that the master metabolic hormone, insulin, loves to store fat in your body, which can make weight loss trickier for those with diabetes.
And, yes, one very small study in 1987 found that, in a group of 12 overweight adults and their spouses, those who were diabetic had a harder time losing weight.
But don’t expect medications to be an answer for weight loss.
Dr. David Jenkins developed the glycemic index (GI) in the 1980s as a way of explaining how dietary carbohydrates impact blood sugar. The higher the number in the ranking system, the more significant the impact on blood sugar levels.
The glycemic index is not a diet in itself but is used as a device to make better food choices. So, what is a low glycemic diet? It is an eating plan that is low in carbohydrates, especially simple sugars which are quickly absorbed.
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