Diabetes is a group of conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease (and can’t be reversed), and gestational diabetes often resolves after the birth of your baby. But what about Type 2 diabetes? While medication and lifestyle changes are often recommended to manage diabetes, recent research suggests that weight loss can profoundly impact reversing Type 2 diabetes.
In this blog post, board-certified OB/GYN Karen Allsup, FACOG, MD, explores the relationship between weight loss and Type 2 diabetes reversal and discusses the medical weight loss plans offered here at Aurora OB/GYN in San Antonio, Texas.
When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin properly. This is sometimes referred to as insulin resistance, leading to a buildup of blood sugar (glucose) in your blood.
Excess body weight, particularly abdominal fat, is strongly associated with insulin resistance, so it makes sense that multiple studies have shown that losing weight can significantly improve insulin sensitivity. If you have Type 2 diabetes and lose weight, your body becomes more responsive to insulin, allowing better glucose uptake and utilization. Ultimately, this can contribute to a reversal of your Type 2 diabetes.
Fat cells, especially those in your abdominal region, produce inflammatory substances contributing to insulin resistance. By reducing excess body weight, the production of these substances decreases, leading to improved insulin sensitivity. Pairing an anti-inflammatory diet (like the Mediterranean diet) with exercise can be even more helpful in fighting diabetes.
As diet and exercise modifications reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity, your body uses insulin more effectively, leading to better blood sugar control.
Whether you’re struggling with weight gain and diabetes during menopause or after pregnancy, Dr. Allsup knows that weight loss is key when trying to reverse diabetes. That’s why she offers a comprehensive medical weight loss plan tailored to your needs. You can expect the following components in your weight loss journey:
A physical exam, urinalysis, and blood testing are conducted to assess your current health status. Based on the results, Dr. Allsup provides personalized nutritional recommendations that promote lasting weight loss. A balanced diet, rich in whole foods, low in processed sugars and unhealthy fats, is essential to optimize your metabolic health and support weight loss.
Regular physical activity is crucial for weight loss and mental and physical wellness. Our team here at Aurora OB/GYN can help you find an exercise regimen that suits your preferences and goals. Learn more about the activities that burn calories, build muscle, and increase your motivation to maintain an active lifestyle.
Supplements can play a supportive role in your weight loss efforts. Dr. Allsup guides you with supplements known to increase energy levels and boost your metabolism. These supplements are carefully selected based on your requirements and goals to enhance the weight loss process.
Weight loss has emerged as a powerful strategy for reversing Type 2 diabetes. Shedding excess body weight can improve insulin sensitivity, reduce blood sugar levels, and potentially reverse the condition. Reversing Type 2 diabetes is just the tip of the iceberg. Your weight loss journey can:
Even just a 5% weight loss can do wonders for your health!
To get started on your weight loss journey, call us at 210-547-4700. You can also use our online form to schedule an appointment any time, day or night.