Pre-diabetes, Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome or Insulin Resistance Syndrome – all these conditions are the same, in the sense, all of them have the same fundamental underlying cause and that is, the elevated blood sugar due to insulin resistance of the cells. Insulin normally pushes the sugar inside the cell but in insulin resistance this is impaired and the severity of this defect varies. The term diabesity covers all the above diagnoses and is a health problem involving metabolic imbalance which may range from mild blood sugar imbalance to full blown type-2 diabetes and which is essentially connected to obesity, especially abdominal obesity.
Diabesity is the leading cause of the most chronic disease of the modern world. If you have diabesity, you are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and even cancer and kidney failure. Severe diabetes causes nervous system damage leading to loss of sensation in hands and feet, and carpal tunnel syndrome among host of other dysfunctions.
Diabesity is a serious global health problem. Type-2 diabetes, which makes up 90 percent of all diabetes cases, affects about 6 percent of the total adult population in the world. More worrying is the fact that cases of obesity related type-2 diabetes amongst children and teenagers have begun to emerge. In a national survey in 2005 in USA it was calculated that the obesity rate for children was 17.1 percent. So much so, the United Nations General Assembly passed a Resolution in 2006 recognizing diabetes as a ‘chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world’.
Diabesity can be treated and even reversed if we modify our lifestyle, but we have to delve into the root cause of this disorder to correct it.
Latest Publications and Research on DiabesityBariatric surgery for obesity and diabetes. - Published by PubMed