Obesity and diabetes, a combination to watch out for Obesity and diabetes, a combination to watch out for

A condition that can have serious repercussions on your lifestyle and strong physical changes in your body. Learn more about what it is.

You may have heard at some point about diabesity, a term coined in recent years to refer to the combination of obesity and type 2 diabetes; related diseases that are caused by lifestyle, diet, lack of exercise, and even genetic factors.

Although obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer, according to a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO), written by WHO general director from 2007 to 2017, Margaret Chang, diabetes is the condition in which obesity represents the greatest risk factor. “On the other hand, the costly complications of this disease, such as blindness, amputation of limbs, and the need for dialysis can impose an extraordinary long-term burden on health expenses and family finances,” added Chang.

In addition, its occurrence is increasingly frequent in children and adolescents, something that for Francisco Tinahones, president of the Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity (SEEDO),  was unthinkable in previous years. However, early detection and treatment of obesity can make diseases associated with it disappear, such as type 2 diabetes. “By avoiding excess weight, more than 50% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented,” states the president of SEEDO.

Here are some recommendations from the CuídatePlus website for preventing this condition:

  • 150 minutes or more of physical activity per week, distributed over at least three days, including strength training.
  • Do not only eat less, eat better. Match the calories you eat to what you will burn and improve the nutritional quality of your diet with fruit, vegetables, and healthy fats.
  • Maintain proper sleep hygiene, stress management, and good mental health.

 

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