What is Diabesity?
Diabesity came from an epidemic that is occurring in the United States, that is diabetes type 2 and obesity. In the United States alone, one-third of the adult population are obese and more than 17% of children are obese as well (Ogden, Carroll, Kit, and Flegal 2014). In general to be considered obese, you must have a body mass index over 30. Diabetes type 2 is caused by insulin resistance. This means your body does not respond properly to elevation of blood sugar levels.
Both combined could lead to various health problems this includes:
· Hypertension (increased blood pressure over 140/90 mmhg)
· Increased risk of coronary artery disease, which may lead to a heart attack
· Peripheral neuropathy
· Higher mortality rate- We certainly want to avoid this.
diaBEATisty! (How to prevent and reverse diabesity)
· EXERCISE!! Doesn’t matter what you do as long as you are moving.
Exercise has such amazing benefits. Aside from making you look amazing, it can positively influence insulin sensitivity and promote weight loss. Exercise is also associated with increased feelings of wellbeing, reduces anxiety, and helps with dealing with depression. It is recommended to have at least 150 minutes of activity a week for moderate intensity exercise and at least 2 days a week of strength training.
· Proper Nutrition- You are what you eat.
You cannot expect to be healthy while eating that atherosclerosis burger. Add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein (i.e. chicken breast, turkey, fish, greek yogurt) into your diet.
How can I stick to this?
· CONTRACT- Indicate your goals on paper, it gives a sense of responsibility
· MOTIVATION- Find it in yourself and the people surrounding you
o Do it for yourself. Be a little selfish. Find a form of physical activity you enjoy, not what your best friend for life does! This will make you want to do it more and make it less of a burden.
o You see that person running up the stairs like it is the easiest thing in the world. You want to do that? Work for it!
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