Type 2 Diabetes & Obesity
Type 2 diabetes prevents the body from responding correctly to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that moves sugar (also called glucose) into your fat, liver, and muscle cells to give them energy. When sugar cannot get into these cells (to be stored for energy) it builds up in your blood.
Type 2 diabetes usually occurs slowly over time. Most people with the disease are already carrying excess weight when they are diagnosed. Excess weight makes it harder for the body to use insulin the correct way. Family history and genes play a large role in type 2 diabetes. Low activity level, poor diet, and excess body weight around the waist increase your risk.
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Your Dual Challenge...
People living with type 2 diabetes or excess weight and a co-morbidity are in a constant struggle to manage their health and well-being. Type 2 diabetes tends to get worse over time and can lead to serious health complications. Combined with excess weight, the problem becomes a challenge that significantly impacts their overall lives.