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Type 2 Diabetes: What Is It Really?

You can prevent type 2 diabetes by living a healthy lifestyle

Type 2 diabetes is a medical issue when the body no longer regulates or uses sugar properly. People who suffer from type 2 diabetes are struggling with two connected problems:

  1. PANCREAS: The pancreas is not producing enough of a hormone called insulin that regulates sugar in your cells.
  2. CELLS: The cells take in less sugar.

Type 2 diabetes is more typical in adult populations. However, since the number of children who struggle with obesity has increased, the number of younger people with type 2 diabetes has also increased. 

How to stay healthy:

If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are also at a higher risk for issues such as heart attack or other cardiovascular events. Although type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, the American Diabetes Association suggests that losing weight, eating healthy food and exercising can significantly increase your health and quality of life. For those whose lifestyle changes are not enough to help control their blood sugar, doctors may prescribe medication or they may suffer worse outcomes.

However, lifestyle changes – especially weight loss – can alter the quality of life for someone with diabetes forever! Recent research even suggests that the path to weight loss is almost as important as the weight loss itself.

Weight-loss alone ws. Weight-loss in community:

In a recent study, investigators measured associations with cardiovascular health and weight loss fluctuation in two groups of people with type 2 diabetes.

The second group, an educational support group, was required to:

Set specific weight loss goal

Set activity goals

Record calorie intake goals

Attend individual and group counseling sessions, starting out on a weekly basis

The second group, an educational support group, was required to:

Attend three group education sessions per year for 4 years

Attend one meeting annually for 4 years

Those in the second group did see some weight changes over the research study, but ultimately, they were at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and other health issues.

For those in the intensive group, even if participants experienced weight fluctuation during the study, their risk of disease, cardiovascular or otherwise, was not higher! In the end, those with accountability and specific goals to work towards led healthier lives overall and were less at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Key Takeaway:

Life changes are more than knowing what to do to get healthy. Living a healthier lifestyle requires work that can often be enhanced by community and measurable goals.

Resources

Body Weight Variability and Risk of Cardiovascular Outcomes and Death in the Context of Weight Loss Intervention Among Patients With Type 2 Diabetes 

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