Wednesday 23 September 2015

It's Not About The Weight - Type 2 Diabetes

   Mathews is back with us today with an important insight into Type 2 diabetes. Commonly linked with obesity, slender people tend to write it off as a threat. But that's not the case. Given the diets of the western world and the fact that everyone is different, some people are able to live unhealthily without looking like it - you know, those people who can 'eat anything' and not gain a pound. Well, those people may be at the greatest risk.

Because it's not about the weight.

   Let’s face it; weight is probably the main concern for anyone who decided to adopt a “healthy” lifestyle. However, this is wrong on so many levels and can even backfire. Modern society pushes us towards this anorexic figure as an ideal of a perfect female body and this can have some serious repercussions. First of all, being skinny does not mean being in shape or healthy, and these two things should always be imperative.

Metabolism is what counts
   First of all, regardless of your figure, it is the state of your metabolism that counts. This is why modern medicine has coined a colloquial term “skinny fat.” The term “skinny fat” stands to depict a person that is of normal weight in figure but has a metabolism of someone who is obese. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out just how dangerous this can be for that person’s health.

Type 2 diabetes
   As we all know, Type 2 diabetes is one of the greatest plights that obesity can cause. As metabolically obese, these people are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes same as overweight people are. However, if they actually do develop this disease the risks of death are far greater for them.
   According to some theories the reason for this is the fact that they have to carry all that additional weight around, so they develop a layer of muscle tissue underneath that protects them. Whatever the reason might be, it is a fact that a skinny person with a Type 2 diabetes is twice more likely to suffer from a fatal outcome than an obese person is.

Testing as soon as possible
   It soon becomes clear that when it comes to your health in general, weight is not a determining factor. This being said, there are a couple of tests that every person should do, just in case. The first thing is the insulin response test and it is vital in order to determine if you suffer from any kind of diabetes or you are in risk of developing it. Next, just to stay on the safe side, you should do an NMR Lipid Particle Test which measures the size and number of cholesterol particles in your blood.
   Consider this struggle for a healthy body as a battlefield. The basic principle of strategy teaches us that knowing your enemy’s strength and the direction it is coming from is a battle half-won. This is why it is essential for you to do these tests as soon as possible, even if you have no reason to be suspicious.

What to do?
   The good news is that your options are ample. The first thing that deserves your attention is putting together a sustainable diet. Remember one thing - being on a diet does not mean that you are going to starve yourself to death. It only means that you need to modify your eating habits a bit. First of all, you need all the different nutrients you can get, which means that nothing, not even fats, should be avoided. There are some fatty acids that are essential for the proper functioning of your organism. The best and most natural way of receiving them is probably by using olive oil. Eat everything; the only thing you should be careful about is the amount.

What you drink counts too
   Contrary to common belief, diet is not only what you eat but what you drink as well. This is why you must be aware that there are some beverages that are bad for your health. The absolute best beverage is water. However, if you decide to treat yourself with an occasional juice, make sure to read the label and look for organic. Another thing that is a definite no-no is coffee. Luckily, the daily caffeine cravings you might have can be satiated with green tea.
   Being in shape of your dreams can affect your self-esteem and is therefore important, but it is still not the most important thing. This title goes to your health and it always will. Fortunately, with just a bit of care and effort you can stay healthy (and in shape). Always be cautious, test yourself regularly and make sure to lead a lifestyle to match your aspirations.

About the Author

Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for better life. Follow him on Twitter.


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