Type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death worldwide. Diabetes is associated with conditions like high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, stroke, blurred vision, kidney failure, cholesterol and premature death. Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes, which is why weight loss programs are a major component of the treatments and services provided by health care centers in major cities in New York.
A new study has found that young people who are obese can reverse their chances of developing the diabetes if they lose weight before middle age. Researchers at St George’s University of London analyzed the body mass index (BMI) of 5000 men when they were young and compared it to their BMI at middle age – 30 years later – to see whether it affected their potential risk of heart attack, stroke or diabetes. The study was based on records of the men’s military service.
The study found that:
- Men who had higher BMI levels at the age of 21 witnessed lower BMI by the time they reached age 50 and had similar or reduced rates of diabetes as people who were normal weight when younger.
- The potential effects of high BMI early in life may be reversible by subsequent weight loss.
- When compared to more recent men, those who were relatively thin in early adult life had higher levels of fatness and appeared to be directly associated with later diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (National Diabetes Report, 2014 statistics), about 29.1 million adults in the U.S. are diabetic. As obesity is a major risk factor for the condition, enrolling in a weight loss program in a reliable multispecialty health care center in New York can help.
Wrong dietary habits and lack of physical exercise are the two main reasons for rising obesity among adults. Adopting positive lifestyle changes that give equal importance to regular physical activity and a healthy diet would help prevent obesity, diabetes and associated health risks.