There is an alarming rate of progression of obesity in the country. Consequently, there is a graph of diabetic people seemingly increasing without a break. India said to be the “diabetes capital of the world” will see an immense surge in cases in the near future. According to studies, India had over 62 million diabetic individuals as of 2000, and the number is said to reach 80 million by 2030. With these many lives at stake, this is a high time we think about the potential burden of reducing these numbers by curing and preventing the disorder.
The ADA (American diabetic association) has stated that around 70% of women and 60% of men who are pre-diabetic or diabetic are always obese. So, this quite clearly shows the incidence of the disorder starts at obesity. If you want to talk about science, in overweight individuals the amount of no esterified fatty acids, glycerol, body hormones, cytokines, pro-inflammatory markers, and many more components are increased. This increase will dampen down the production of insulin in the body or cause insulin resistance. All these lead to an increase in the body’s blood sugar level.
So, will all obese people end up with diabetes?
Absolutely not, all obese people do not end up with diabetes. But the risk is quite high. According to the study published by NIH (National Institute of Health), Indians have displayed a high predisposition to develop the incidence of diabetes due to their low levels of high-density lipoprotein. So, given a case with obesity and bad genetics, you can picture yourself knocking the doors of diabetes.
Furthermore, studies are showing the early onset of diabetes in the young population of the country. A longer disease duration points towards more health complications, less life expectancy, and a never-ending financial burden. Additionally, there is “clinical inertia” for the management of pre-diabetic patients. The inadequacy of information and lack of guidelines will rev up a pre-diabetic patient to end up having diabetes.
What do we do now? How to deal with this potentially epidemic proportions of diabetes?
Knowing that obesity has its chain linked to diabetes, fight them both together is the solution. As health educators, we need to talk about the possible advantages of healthy lifestyle interventions and physical activity in the prevention and possibly curing of diabetes. With proper diet and weight loss, it can be a manageable process to improve insulin sensitivity. Getting to the ideal body weight and decreasing the free fatty mass of the body can get the blood sugar levels of the body under control. Eventually, leading to the reversal of diabetes and a fit and healthy life ahead. To sum up weight loss, this might be the only door to mitigate the catastrophic numbers of diabetes caused mortality from being a reality.
Some do say that ‘It is easy to talk about losing weight but is really a laborious process to undergo’ This is not something that I can nod along. There is much research that depicts that a very-low-calorie ketogenic diet acts as a preventive, predictive, personalized phase of weight loss.
Moreover, a VLCKD (the ProGen method) can show promising reductions in the blood sugar levels and can even lead to control of diabetes. ProGen weight management, we focus on a low carbs diet to lose weight by reducing the fat in the body and thus improving insulin sensitivity. The low carb and low-calorie diet help you lose weight and curb diabetes in its early stages. So, while losing an average of 10kg a month, you can start your voyage towards a diabetes-free life.