Does being overweight affect blood sugar levels?
Does carrying extra weight around make you more likely to get type two diabetes?
If you lose weight, will that help you to lower your A1C?
Lets discuss the role that your weight plays in your blood sugar levels and diabetes diagnosis.
Does being overweight lead to diabetes?
While obesity is very often cited as being "linked" to diabetes, it would be incorrect to say that being overweight leads to diabetes.
Diabetes is, at its core, a blood sugar issue.
You can get high blood sugar levels for a number of reasons, including:
- Eating a poor diet rich in carbohydrates and sugars
- Not getting enough exercise
- Genetic predisposition
- Having insulin resistance
- Having damage to your pancreas (where insulin is produced)
- Not getting enough sleep
You can note that many of these same risk factors for getting diabetes are also risk factors for being overweight.
This is why many people who struggle with type two diabetes also struggle with their weight.
That being said, there are plenty of people who are overweight that have perfectly healthy blood sugar levels, as well as people who are not overweight who can't seem to get their blood sugar under control.
Will losing weight improve my diabetes?
Many people who have diabetes make it their goal to lose weight, and they expect that this will also help bring down their blood sugar levels.
This is good thinking, and generally tends to be true.
Because so many of the risk factors between diabetes and obesity overlap, when you work on fixing one you typically end up improving the other as well.
Now that's great and all, and if you didn't do anything for your diabetes other than lose some weight, you'd probably end up with healthier blood sugar levels too, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily the most efficient thing to do to improve your blood sugar levels.
What is the best way to lower blood sugar levels?
The two main levels that you can pull to impact your blood sugar levels are your diet and exercise.
And while most fitness "gurus" love to pitch exercise and the cure to all ailments, the truth is that diet is far more important when it comes to managing your diabetes.
Don't get us wrong - both are important, and we strongly suggest you incorporate exercise into your program, but if you have to pick just one, it's changing your diet that will get you results fast.
The good news is that you don't even need to eat less, you just need to eat differently.
Specifically, if you can reduce the amount of carbs in your diet you can see dramatic shifts in your blood sugar levels in a relatively short period of time.
Most people find this difficult, which is exactly why we created the 14 Day Blood Sugar Challenge.
It's a simple and easy-to-follow program that helps you build habits and get on track to healthier blood sugar levels in as little as 14 days.
We created this program so that anyone, regardless of experience, can get the benefits of a low-carb diet, without the complicated and confusing meal plans.
It's an all-in-one program that is designed to help you get on track to lower A1C and a healthier life.
If you're interested, click the link above to read more about how it works, whats included, and what to expect.
We look forward to helping you achieve all your health goals!