What is Diabesity?
Dr. T – Featured Health Expert at The Functional Health Summit
Obesity, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes have unfortunately grown to epidemic proportions. And the more doctors study these conditions, the more they seem to have in common. So much so that the term ‘Diabesity’ (Diabetes + Obesity) was coined to encompass them all.
Simply put, Diabesity refers to any illness that ranges from mild insulin resistance to full-blown diabetes.
These days, calories are so easy to come by, but that hasn’t always been the case. Storing fat from excess calories is a survival mechanism our bodies developed to survive hard times. Food is readily available for most of us – including food that isn’t always good for us (like junk food). And we live sedentary lifestyles compared to our ancestors. No need to go out and hunt and gather for every meal!
All of these things put together are a recipe for disaster!
What Causes Diabesity?
Every medical complication of Diabesity, including diabetes, elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance, blood pressure, and many more, boils down to difficulties with diet and lifestyle.
Dietary and Lifestyle Factors Lead to Diabesity!
Most people believe Type 2 Diabetes is the result of too much insulin. But actually is the lack of insulin that ultimately causes problems.
Foods that have a lot of easily absorbed sugars (like sodas and candy bars), and simple carbohydrates like pastas and bread and rice, and even potatoes, cause wide fluctuations in blood sugar, which makes it hard for your body to do its job of regulating insulin. Over time, your body’s cells can become more and more resistant to the effects of insulin, which means it can cause cravings of more bad foods in order to try and get extra sugar so it can even out your glycemic index.
Insulin Resistance Begins
First, you may see high insulin levels. The more they rise, the more your body resists insulin. This causes premature aging and deteriorating health. So a person could start to see early signs of heart disease, dementia, and all kinds of other things we’d all rather avoid.
You may notice an out-of-control appetite, more fat around your belly, symptoms of inflammation or swelling, which if unchecked, can lead to a multitude of other health issues like depression, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol levels, even more weight gain, and lowered autoimmune system.
All of those things can occur due to insulin resistance and elevated insulin levels.
Dr. T Can Help
Using on-site tests and Health Assessments, Dr. T gets personal with his patients. He digs in to find out what each one needs as an individual and works with them to create their own program for improved health.
Every person is different and Dr. T knows that. By talking to you to learn what your health concerns are, combined with accurate testing, a healthier you is closer than you think.