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Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Obesity and type 2 diabetes have increased dramatically over the past few decades. In 2013, more than one in three Americans were considered obese, and almost two-thirds of all adults were overweight. The incidence of diabetes has risen nearly 90 percent since 1998. Despite these increases in prevalence, the exact connection between obesity and diabetes is still not completely clear. Some believe that obesity does lead to type 2 diabetes, but others argue that the link is not as clear-cut.

Despite the evidence that eating breakfast and eating fewer overall calories may lead to improved glucose control in type 2 diabetes, many individuals are unable to do so. A good rule of thumb is to eat three meals a day at regular intervals. This will ensure that your body has ample time to use insulin. The ADA recommends that you eat three healthy meals a day. You should also include fiber-rich foods in your diet.

It is important to note that weight is associated with insulin resistance. People with an “apple” shape tend to carry their extra weight around their abdominals. People with an “apple” body shape are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people with a “pear” shape. Researchers have identified an association between obesity and type 2 diabetes and have developed a new way to measure it. The study authors also report that the association between obesity and diabetes is more pronounced among people with an apple-shaped body than it is in people with a “pear” shape.

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