10 Ways To Help Lose Weight And Decrease Your Risk For Diabetes
Avoid Midlife Weight Gain
Are you pear shaped or apple shaped? Many women put on weight in the thighs and buttocks while others maintain thinner legs and buttocks, but develop an apple shaped abdomen. It is the apple shaped body that is associated with higher rates of elevated insulin levels, which can lead to further weight gain and the following diseases:
Are you at Risk for Diabetes or Other Metabolic Issues?
Risk factors for women for diabetes and metabolic issues include:
Gestational diabetes (having diabetes during pregnancy)
Having had a large baby over 9 pounds
Pre-eclampsia or toxemia of pregnancy
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
Other risk factors for both women and men include:
Genetic factors such as family history of type-2 diabetes.
Race, including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians and Asian descent.
Advancing age, especially over age 45, is a non-modifiable factor.
Fat distribution in the abdomen and physical inactivity.
All adults should have a fasting blood sugar every three years after age 45.
Decrease Your Risk for Diabetes
There are several ways to decrease your risk for diabetes:
Lowering elevated blood sugar levels
Sensitize the body to insulin to promote abdominal weight loss
If you are insensitive to the effects of insulin, more insulin is made which in turn causes other problems like disruption of ovulation. Excess insulin secretions are hard on your pancreas and this occurs due to ‘insulin resistance’ of the excess fat cells in one’s body. For folks with type-2 diabetes, lowering the sugar levels to nor Continue reading