Obesity & Diabetes - The Double Whammy

There are many things that put people's health in jeopardy. Two of the biggest health concerns around the world are Obesity and Diabetes - and guess what, they're even linked. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is designated as World Diabetes Day. This day commemorates the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, discovered insulin in 1922. The day is meant to raise awareness of the disease, its prevention, and the complications it causes for people who have diabetes.

Obesity is the leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that people are obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above. A BMI of 30 means you are about 30 pounds over ideal weight.

Implications and Complications of Obesity and Diabetes

  • Amputations

  • Heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Blindness, Cataracts, Glaucoma

  • Kidney disease

  • Gallbladder disease

  • High blood pressure

  • Circulatory and nerve defects and damage

  • Hard-to-heal infections

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems

  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)

  • Hearing Loss

  • Mental Illness and Depression

  • Dementia

  • 5.4 and 18.1 days of absenteeism from work per year (78.5 days of absenteeism, if you add in depression!)

Obesity and Diabetes in North Carolina

  • 11.4% of all adults in NC have Diabetes

  • 32.1% of all adults in NC are Obese (NC is ranked 19th Highest State for Obesity)

  • 42.7% Black

  • 30.0% Latino

  • ​29.9% White

  • 33.9% Women

  • 32.1% Men

  • 16.7% 18-25 Years Old

  • 33.0% 26-44 Years Old

  • 42.4% 45-64 Years Old

  • 27.6% 65+ Years Old

The great news is that Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are preventable - and in many cases reversible - with diet and exercise! Stay tuned for next week's blog on approaches to treatment and let BMI Wellness Concepts help you Get Well, Be Well and Stay Well.

#Diabetes #Obesity #WorldDiabetesDay #DiabetesAwarenessMonth

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