Did you know that about 90% of people living with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or have obesity? Type 1 diabetes is due to the body’s inability to make insulin; type 2 diabetes is due to the body’s inability to react properly to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent than type 1 diabetes and tends to be diagnosed in adulthood.

What’s the relation between weight and diabetes?

  • Overweight or obesity is the best predictor of type 2 diabetes
  • Being overweight adds pressure to the body’s ability to use insulin to properly control blood sugar levels (thus developing type 2 diabetes)
  • Weight loss as little as 5% of total body weight can help improve type 2 diabetes

What can you do?

  • If you do not have diabetes and are overweight, making lifestyle changes to gradually lose weight will help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
  • If you already have diabetes, you can control your blood sugar levels by making smart food choices, exercising, and reducing stress.

Losing weight has a lot of benefits and this is one of them – the prevention of diabetes. Prevention is always better than a cure. Do your best to make smart and healthy choices!

Our next Support Group is Wednesday, March 6 and the topic is “Your Fitness Journey” presented by Anthony Baynard of Body Renew. Support groups are FREE and open to everyone! The meeting will be from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM in the Willow Room (adjacent to the cafeteria) at Providence Hospital. Click here to register!

If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to attend a free informational seminar, or our Monthly Support Group, please call us at 907-644-THIN.

What is insulin?

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store glucose for future use. Insulin helps keep your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia).

The cells in your body need sugar for energy. However, sugar cannot go into most of your cells directly. After you eat food and your blood sugar level rises, cells in your pancreas (known as beta cells) are signaled to release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin then attaches to the sugar and signals cells to absorb sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin is often described as a “key,” which unlocks the cell to allow sugar to enter and be used for energy.


Foods to Help Support Insulin Sensitivity 

                  • Non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli and peppers
                  • High-fiber foods, such as beans and whole grains
                  • Protein-rich foods, including lean meats, fish, and nuts
                  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon
                  • Antioxidant foods, such as berries
                  • Sweet potatoes, which are lower GI than other potatoes
                  • Water, especially as a substitute for sweetened drinks
                  • Unsweetened teas