Americans are fatter than ever

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

There’s no doubt about it…Americans are fatter than ever.  By some estimates as many as a third of all adult Americans are overweight.  Being overweight is not just an esthetic problem.  It greatly increases your risk of serious diseases like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  Unfotunately, Type 2 diabetes goes hand in hand with obesity; and as more Americans become obese, they also become diabetic.  That puts you at risk for a whole host of diseases and conditions because diabetes can harm literally every organ system in the human body.

With Type 2 diabetes you can’t manage your sugar properly because the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or its resistent to the insulin you produce.  Insulin helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.  If left untreated, the consequences can be life threatening.  Researchers have now identified a hormone produced and released by the liver which may contribute to the insulin resistence seen in Type 2 diabetics.  The discovery may offer a new target for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes because studies in mice show that when that hormone production was blocked, insulin resistence improved…hence blood sugar levels went down.

In the meantime, we need to take back control of our bodies and get FIT!  Losing weight can reverse these harmful effects and the diabetes can improve…and even GO AWAY.


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