Does being overweight put me at risk for diabetes?

Yes, being overweight increases your risk for developing diabetes. Obesity and diabetes are closely linked because of how excess fat and inactivity negatively affect your body. Excess fat actually increases your body’s resistance to insulin, which is the substance your body uses to process blood sugar correctly. Over time, this resistance can result in diabetes, or make existing diabetic problems much worse. Just as serious, obesity strains other systems throughout your body—including your heart, circulation, muscles, and skeleton—making it more likely you’ll develop diabetes and other health problems.

Although it’s challenging, changing your diet and losing weight is the best way to prevent weight-related health problems like type 2 diabetes. Then you’re able to avoid diabetic complications, including foot problems like ulcers and Charcot foot. If you’re concerned your weight is putting your health at risk, or you’ve been told you now have diabetes, let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you take care of yourself. We’ll make sure you and your feet get the help you need. Call (303) 805-5156 or use our online request forms to reach us.