Diabetes

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect your body’s use of blood sugar (glucose).

What is diabetes?

Diabetes refers to a group of diseases that affect your body’s use of blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is essential to your health because it is the brain’s main source of fuel and provides energy to the cells that make up your tissues and muscles. There are 2 types of diabetes, but regardless of the type, these diseases result from excessive sugar in the blood. Type 1 usually develops at a young age (though it can develop at any age) and occurs when the pancreas produces little to no insulin. Type 2 can also develop at any age, but it is more common among people who are 40 or older.

Your symptoms will depend on how much your blood sugar is elevated. With type 1 diabetes, symptoms are known to develop quickly and are much more severe. Some of the most common symptoms for both types include extreme hunger and increased thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, frequent infections, unexplained weight loss and irritability.

Is type 2 diabetes linked with obesity?

Fatty tissue in the body and abnormal cholesterol & triglycerides increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While it is not known why some people develop a resistance to insulin, it is known that obesity and a lack of physical activity can make it worse. The connection is also seen in the fact that weight loss can actually improve or cure type 2 diabetes.* In addition to the degree of obesity, the factor of where the excess body fat is located is also important in determining the risk of type 2. Insulin resistance is higher among people who are “apple” shaped. This is due to the fact that the majority of their excess body weight hovers around their abdomen. Routine physical activity, losing weight if you are overweight and eating a healthy diet can prevent type 2 and can also potentially cure this disease.*

Get weight loss treatments in British Columbia

At MediMax Obesity Institute, we provide evidence-based medical advice and treatments to patients who want to reduce fat in a healthy way.* Each of our patients is treated with the proper care and support based on their own personal needs, preferences and circumstances. If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes, we can help you manage and reduce your symptoms.* To get started, give us a call at (604) 217-1827 or request an appointment on our site.

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

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