Without lifestyle changes and treatment, obesity can lead to a number of chronic health problems. One of the most widespread of these is type 2 diabetes, which is said to affect almost one-third of all overweight people.1
In the short term, diabetes can affect your energy levels, mood, and quality of life, while causing symptoms such as rapid or irregular heartbeats, sweating, anxiety, and headaches. In the long term, untreated diabetes can result in blindness, kidney failure, damage to nerves and blood vessels, and even death.
There is hope for those that are overweight. We look into how diabetes occurs, how weight plays into it, and what you can do to manage or even avoid it.
How Does Diabetes Occur?
Insulin is an incredibly important hormone. It helps to convert blood sugar into energy that’s used by your muscles and other body tissue while ensuring that those blood sugar levels don’t rise too high (hyperglycemia) or fall too low (hypoglycemia).
In type 2 diabetes, the body slowly becomes less and less sensitive to insulin. To compensate for this, the body produces more and more insulin, eventually overworking the cells responsible for production and causing them to stop working.
As a result of the insulin resistance and eventual breakdown, blood sugar is no longer converted properly, and the levels become dangerously high.
Weight as a Risk Factor
There’s a clear link between diabetes and weight. Studies have shown that over 90% of diabetics are overweight,2 and it’s reported that those who are even mildly overweight are five times more at risk of developing diabetes than those who have a BMI under 25.1
This is due to a number of factors:
● Obesity puts stress on certain cells that affect their insulin receptors and cause insulin resistance.
● The diet and lifestyles of many overweight people adversely affect metabolism and the usage of blood sugar.
● Our bodies are unable to cope adequately with high glycemic index (GI) foods such as complex carbohydrates, which are quite often found in the diets of overweight people.
● Other chronic health problems can mask the gradual onset of diabetes, delaying intervention.
Improving Health Through Weight Loss
Changing your lifestyle and diet and achieving long-term weight loss is a difficult but rewarding start to managing diabetes. In many cases, if an overweight person manages to address the risk factors before becoming a diabetic, they can avoid it entirely. Even if you’re already a diabetic, long-term remission is achievable in most cases.
Losing weight will also improve your overall health in a range of ways, including:
● Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
● Acid reflux reduction
● More energy
● Less strain on cardiovascular systems
● Better breathing and sleep
● Easing of joint, muscle, and bone pain
Can Bariatric Surgery Help?
Out of the many weight loss surgery types and medical interventions available, bariatric surgery is considered one of the best ways to manage diabetes.
In one clinical study performed, 40% of patients who had bariatric surgery were in remission 12 months afterward, compared to 12% who received only medical treatment for their weight problems.3 For diabetics two years after surgery, another study found that 95% of patients were in remission, while those who underwent only medical therapy had no remissions at all.4
Regain Your Life Today
Out of all the evidence, one thing is clear: If you’re a diabetic, there is a way to better health and a longer life. All you have to do is take the brave first step and choose to tackle weight head on.
With a range of weight loss procedures including bariatric surgery, the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic is there to help you achieve that goal and regain your life. To beat diabetes and discuss your weight loss surgery options, get in touch with our supportive and caring team at (281) 888-7767.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.
People decide to lose weight for many reasons. Whether they want to look better, feel better, or be healthier, shedding a few pounds is usually never a bad idea. However, for couples trying to get pregnant, losing weight may help to increase fertility.
Obesity can be a factor in a woman’s ovulation. When it comes to male fertility, obesity can result in less sperm production and worse sperm quality.1
The good news? Both men and women who are overweight can boost their fertility rate by losing even a little bit of weight. If you’ve been trying to have a baby with your partner and have been struggling, the idea of finally getting pregnant could kickstart your motivation for losing that extra weight.
How Can Extra Weight Make it Hard to Get Pregnant?
When it comes to women’s health, carrying extra weight can be a problem if you’re trying to get pregnant.
Obesity has an impact on ovulation. Both ovaries and fat cells create hormones. When your fat cells continue to grow, they create even more hormones. That might not sound like a bad thing, but too much hormones in the body can prevent you from ovulating or even having a period each month. This is because your body is reacting to the estrogen the same way it would if you were taking a birth control pill with the same hormones.
Extra weight also complicates fertility treatments. Many couples who are desperate to have a baby seek out treatments like IVF, but weight plays a factor in how effective those treatments can be.
Extra Weight and Your Baby’s Health
Though the main focus for this article is fertility, it’s also important to note that if you’re able to get pregnant, it’s still important to think about how your weight might affect your baby’s health.
Obesity can cause a variety of health issues for both you and your baby during pregnancy. This includes things like:
- Gestational diabetes
- Gestational hypertension
- Heart defects for the baby
- Obesity or type-2 diabetes for the baby
Women who are overweight during pregnancy are often more likely to have to undergo C-sections for delivery, as well.
Can Losing Weight Help You Get Pregnant?
Even losing a small amount of weight can help you get pregnant and have normal menstrual cycles, which can make it easier to “track” your ovulation periods.
Any kind of weight loss should always be done safely. If you have a lot to lose, talking to a weight loss doctor can help. It’s important to understand your weight loss options, to determine if something like gastric sleeve surgery or other bariatric surgery options are right for you.
For some women (and men), a gradual weight loss just by changing lifestyle habits and diet can do the trick. For others, Surgical options need to be taken to jumpstart your weight loss and start you on a journey toward a healthier lifestyle.
If you and your partner have been longing for a baby, and you’re worried that your weight is an issue, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with us at the Houston Sleeve Surgery Clinic. We’re happy to provide more information.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.