Living with excess weight can greatly affect your health in many ways, type 2 diabetes being one of the most serious and common. The body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated by dividing a person's weight by their height. The BMI uses this number to determine if a person is underweight, normal, overweight, obese, or severely obese, also known as morbidly obese.
Overweight to Morbidly Obese
The more excess weight you carry, the more resistant your body becomes to your ow insulin hormone. Being overweight (BMI of 25 - 29.9), obese (BMI of 30 - 39.9), or morbid obesity (BMI of 40+) greatly increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More than 90% of people living with type 2 diabetes are overweight or are affected by some degree of obesity.
In addition to excess weight, there are factors, indirectly related to weight that increase one's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These include:
* Sedentary Lifestyle
Inactivity and excess weight go hand-in-hand. Insulin stores glucose in the muscles as glycogen. If the stored glycogen is not used by performing some form of exercise or activity daily, the body starts storing the excess in body tissue as fat. If your BMI is 25 or above, now is the time to get off your ass and start moving.
* Unhealthy Eating Habits
Everyone's nutritional needs are different, but I can promise you that bear claws, cookies, and soda are not Essential Nutrients for anyone, and there is not a "One Size Fits All" diet available on the market today. that will work for all people. Listen, guys, your car or truck won't even run if you poured sugar in the tank. Why on earth would you do that to your body?
Losing weight and becoming more physically active are among the most effective ways you can stave off (or reverse) type 2 diabetes. Yes, I said, "reverse". (Link to article on how you did "reverse" your diabetes) Moderate and sustained weight loss of as little as 5 to 10% of body weight can improve insulin sensitivity and lower one's blood sugar.
For many individuals, lowering calories and beginning an exercise program can greatly improve their type 2 diabetes and general health overall. Begin with:
* Healthy Meal Plan
* 30 - 45 minutes of brisk walking 5 days a week
Let's work together go get your BMI below 25, so you can stay alive!