Abdominal Obesity & Type2 Diabetes – Dr Maureen Ona-Igbru

We continue our topic on health by bringing you this interesting write-up. Please read, enjoy, learn, and make your comments.

Abdominal Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes: Abdominal obesity, also known as central obesity, is when excessive abdominal fat around the stomach and abdomen has built up to the extent that it is likely to have a negative impact on health.

Abdominal obesity, excess stomach fat or simply belly fat, can be a disaster area for every individual. Abdominal obesity can hamper confidence, making a person conscious, which may reflect on social interactions, not to mention the disease risk factors associated with abdominal obesity.
People who carry extra weight around their waist may be more likely to experience health problems caused by obesity than those who carry it in their legs and thighs.

Excess weight is the most important modifiable risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes because most people with type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese.
Your genetic makeup plays a significant role in your chances of becoming obese. However, you still maintain most of the control when it comes to your weight. Some rare genetic diseases make it almost impossible to avoid obesity.
The incidence of type 2 diabetes is rapidly increasing worldwide.
Type 2 diabetes is increasingly common among young people and even children; it constitutes a major health problem in both developed and developing countries; and, with obesity, it is becoming one of the largest challenges to health care systems. Therefore, any measures that could prevent or delay the development of diabetes are urgently needed.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. About 9 cases in 10 could be avoided by taking several simple steps: keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking.
Losing extra pounds, eating better, and becoming more active are some of the most important steps you can take. There are people who aren’t overweight who have type 2 diabetes. But added pounds do put you at risk.

The types of fats in your diet can also affect the development of diabetes. Good fats, such as the polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds can help ward off type 2 diabetes.
Making a few lifestyle changes can dramatically lower the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. The same changes can also lower the chances of developing heart disease and some cancers.

The above write up is published on our site courtesy of Dr. Maureen Ona-Igbru.

Dr Maureen is a medical doctor with many years in practice and has an undying passion for dissemination of health knowledge to the public. One striking feature that cuts across all her articles is the ability to present a complex medical condition in an easy to understand manner for the readers.

N.B. The illustrations that appear on this articles are added by the site admin.

2 comments for “Abdominal Obesity & Type2 Diabetes – Dr Maureen Ona-Igbru

  1. Eye_Bee_Kay
    April 4, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I generally associate the word “obesity” with “sedentary”.

    In a place like metropolitan Lagos, many people sit through traffic to get to and from work, and sit working at their desks for even much more prolonged hours.For some bankers, this even includes Saturday. Then on Sunday, they sit down in church for hours again!

    Are these people doomed, or what would be the solution?

  2. Noni
    April 4, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I learned from a Type 1 diabetic colleague (he was diagnosed in his teens And not fat) and a midwife friend that Diabetes has to do with the carbohydrates and oils we consume. I’ve often wondered why those of us who have sedentary jobs feel the need to consume starch heavy meals as if we’re farmers in the village, with vegetables as a tiny side dish.

    And exercising in Nigeria is not easy if you’re not self-motivated.

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