Obesity is most commonly linked with Type 2 Diabetes, which is a condition where the body either does not produce sufficient insulin or fails to utilise insulin. The build up of fat in the abdominal area causes changes in the metabolic system that makes the body resistant to the insulin produced in the pancreas. However, weight is not the only risk factor in Type 2 Diabetes, age also plays a part and the disease tends to have an onset for people 40+. Other factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ethnicity.
- You are obese.
- You feel continually thirsty and urinate frequently.
- You suffer from fatigue and mood swings.
- You get frequent infections, and cuts and bruises are slow to heal.
- Your vision is sometimes blurred
Diabetes is a treatable condition, and medication to control blood sugar levels may be prescribed. However, in the initial stages of diagnosis, it may be possible to manage the symptoms by taking significant steps towards lifestyle changes: losing weight, eating healthily, and becoming more active.
It is imperative to take action, as diabetes can have very serious implications for long-term health. The dangers include:
- Heart disease and strokes
- Damage to the nerves
- Kidney disease
- Reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction
- Damaged to the eyes resulting in blindness
HOW WEIGHTMATTERS CAN HELP
Our doctor will do a health check and assess risk factors for diabetes. Our doctor will arrange relevant blood tests and discuss a personal management plan, prescribe medication if appropriate and make referrals when neccessary
Our dietician will design a tailor-made programme to assist in your new management of carbohydrates, safe weight loss and healthy ongoing lifestyle
Our therapists can support you with the emotional impacts of being diagnosed with diabetes, the stress this puts on your life or the medical complications that ensue