Diabestity is a term coined to indicate instances where diabetes is caused by obesity. The word very aptly illustrates the intimate relationship of diabetes with obesity. It is known that excess weight in majority of patients is responsible for type 2 diabetes. This leads to insulin resistance and results in group of symptoms of a metabolic disorder known as Metabolic Syndrome X or insulin resistance syndrome. In type -2 diabetes in adults the obesity typically is due to excess fat around the abdomen whereas in type 2 diabetes in children the obesity is more generalized.
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’.
In her book ‘Diabesity’ Dr. Kaufman explains the reason for diabesity quite simply: "Our ancient genes and our modern environment have collided." Our forefathers hunted for food and calories were hard to come by so it was stored as fat. But in the world today food is everywhere and easily accessible as fast food and junk food and added to this has been our increasingly inactive lifestyle – resulting in obesity.
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.
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Latest Publications and Research on DiabesityHypogonadotropic Hypogonadism in Men With Diabesity. - Published by PubMed
Treatment of 'Diabesity': beyond pharmacotherapy. - Published by PubMed
Docosahexaenoic acid modulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor via GPR40 in the brain and alleviates diabesity-associated learning and memory deficits in mice. - Published by PubMed
Adipokine visfatin's role in pathogenesis of diabesity and related metabolic derangements. - Published by PubMed
Maternal overweight is not an independent risk factor for increased birth weight, leptin and insulin in newborns of gestational diabetic women: observations from the prospective 'EaCH' cohort study. - Published by PubMed