Battling Type 2 Diabetes with Weight Loss

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes sugar to collect in the blood stream. Some people only have to make minor changes to their lifestyle after they are diagnosed. Just losing a little weight and getting some more exercise may be enough for them to manage their diabetes. Other people who have type 2 diabetes need more permanent therapy that involves taking tablets or insulin. It is then especially important to have a good understanding of the disease and know what they can do to stay healthy.

Our metabolism converts food into energy for the body to use. One of the things our bodies need for this process is insulin — a hormone that the body uses to send messages. Insulin is made by the pancreas. After you eat, the sugar levels in your blood rise, and insulin is released into the bloodstream. It then makes the cells in the liver and in muscle tissue absorb sugar from the blood. If insulin metabolism is not working properly, the sugar in our blood cannot be used in the right way. This causes blood sugar levels to rise. If blood sugar levels are too high it is called hyperglycemia.

Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes:

  • Being overweight and not getting enough physical exercise
  • Smoking
  • A low-fiber, high-fat, and sugary diet
  • Some medications that affect the body’s sugar metabolism
  • Genetic factors: Some families are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The most important thing that people who have type 2 diabetes can do to get by without medication is to lose at least a little weight – even though that may be difficult to achieve in practice. If people who are obese are unable to lose weight, weight-loss surgery may also be an option.

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If you are in the Las Vegas area and are considering bariatric surgery to help control your Type 2 Diabetes, schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan. She and her team of experts can help find the perfect treatment for your unique case.

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