There are many risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including age, stress, certain medications, genetics, pregnancy and high cholesterol. However, being overweight or obese is one of the biggest predictors of type 2 diabetes.
⁉️ Why? Obesity causes increased levels of fatty acids and inflammation in the body, leading to insulin resistance, which in turn can lead to type 2 diabetes.
☝️Almost 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
👆Recent studies suggest obese people are up to 80 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with a normal BMI.
Type 2 diabetes can develop slowly. Untreated type 2 diabetes can lead to a range of serious complications, such as –
🔹High blood sugar and tissue damage throughout your body;
🔹Slow-healing cuts or sores;
🔹Gum infections and disease;
🔹Vision problems, higher risk of cataracts, glaucoma, eye infections; diabetic retinopathy;
🔹Nerve damage, called neuropathy, that can cause pain or numbness in your hands and feet;
🔹High blood pressure;
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled and treated by medications and lifestyle changes, loosing weight, eating healthier, reducing stress. 🧘♀️🏊🥦
Bariatric surgery is a powerful weapon against morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes. 80-90% of diabetic bariatric surgery patients achieve a long-term disease improvement or cure after the bariatric surgery.