Published on December 21, 2019
Being overweight or obese increases the chances of developing the common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, so it’s no surprise it’s what brings many clients to me.
For people newly diagnosed (within the past six years), type 2 Diabetes is a reversible condition. Just as proper diet, weight loss and exercise can prevent people from progressing from the pre-diabetes stage to diabetes, it can also cause a diabetes sufferer to go into remission.
For long-term diabetes sufferers, however, that may not apply. That’s because as the disease continues, cells start to die off. Initially, the cells slowly shut down, entering a so-called resting state. Those are the cells that weight loss can re-activate. Left in this state too long, however, the cells eventually die and cannot be revived. Studies suggest that people living with diabetes for more than 10 years may not be able to rely on weight loss alone to push them into remission, if remission is attainable at all.
If you’re overweight or obese and not yet formally diagnosed as being insulin-resistant or diabetic, don’t think it can’t or won’t happen to you. There are over 400 million people worldwide with diabetes, and I’m sure many of them didn’t think it’d ever happen to them.
When I meet clients with diabetes, I provide them with this reference sheet.