Diabesity, according to most experts, is the biggest health epidemic in human history. This disease impacts more than 1 billion people worldwide. It affects 50% of Americans over the age of 65. Despite the ever-increasing numbers of people suffering from diabesity, experts have never been able to develop a plan that solves this problem. Little did they know the answer is actually pretty simple. It’s all about setpoint weight. (More about that, shortly.)
Why is there such an urgency to find a solution to the diabesity epidemic?
The term diabesity is an amalgam of two words — diabetes and obesity — and was coined to describe the close relationship between these two conditions. Who coined the term, however, is in dispute. Some sources attribute the creation to American endocrinologist Dr. Francine Kaufman, author of Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America, in the early 2000s. Others bestow that honor on former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop in the mid- to late-’80s.
Still, others attribute it to researcher Ethan Sims. Sims used the term “Diabesity” in his 1973 research study, Endocrine and Metabolic Effects of Experimental Obesity in Man, proving the relationship between obesity and diabetes was already known in the ‘70s. And no research studies since then have disputed that relationship.
Relationship is too minor of a word to describe the association between these two diseases, though. Type 2 diabetes and obesity are really interrelated. One almost inevitably leads to the other. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 90% of those who are obese will eventually develop type 2 diabetes. And…the majority of those with type 2 diabetes, 90% — are also obese.
Obesity, Prediabetes, and Type 2 Diabetes
When examining the statistics on both diseases, the interrelationship between them is quite clear. Obesity and type 2 diabetes are twin epidemics, merging into diabesity — the deadliest epidemic of all. For example, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that at least 70% of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese, 39.8% of whom are obese. (That’s about 93.3 million adults.)
The CDC also reports more than 100 million U.S. adults live with diabetes or prediabetes. (That breaks down to 30.3 million with diabetes, and 84.1 million with prediabetes.) Though prediabetes sounds relatively harmless — all you have to do is stop it from progressing to type 2 diabetes, right? — it’s more complicated than that.
If you have prediabetes, your blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. Though you do not officially have diabetes, however, those higher blood sugar levels damage your organs almost as much as if you had full-blown type 2 diabetes. It might just take longer.
Plus, we’re looking at an even bigger type 2 diabetes epidemic in the next several years. Why? Because if steps aren’t taken to bring blood sugar levels down into normal levels, statistics show those with prediabetes usually develop full-blown type 2 diabetes within 5 years or so.
Diabesity: The Interrelationship Between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Obesity and type 2 diabetes are really symptoms of the same underlying disorder, primarily dysfunction of insulin.
The Diabesity Documentary includes a fascinating explanation of how obesity leads to type 2 diabetes and vice versa. Here’s how it works: A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means insulin is building up in your bloodstream. This makes it almost impossible for your body to burn stored fat for fuel. That makes obesity almost inevitable. Similarly, a diagnosis of obesity means your brain, gut, or hormones — or all three — can’t do their job to regulate weight. This leads to insulin building up in your bloodstream which leads to type 2 diabetes.
So if your brain, gut, and/or hormones are not healthy, your setpoint will rise and if nothing is done, you will be diagnosed with either obesity or type 2 diabetes. Then, if nothing is done after that diagnosis, the other diagnosis will follow, and you will have diabesity.
Health Issues Associated with Diabesity
There are many serious health issues associated with Diabesity, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease/Failure
- Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Obviously, the best way to prevent these health issues is to prevent diabesity. And if you already have one half of the diabesity equation — either obesity or type 2 diabetes — take steps to reverse it. This requires losing weight and/or bringing blood sugar levels back into a normal range.
Link Between Diabesity and Setpoint Weight
The fact that obesity is the main risk factor for type 2 diabetes shows how crucial losing weight is for preventing or reversing diabesity. But if you’re like most people who struggle with their weight, you’ve lost plenty of weight — lots of times. Your problem isn’t losing weight. It’s keeping it off. It’s gaining all the weight back plus 10 more pounds each time. And it’s the frustration and guilt and shame you feel each time another diet fails you.
We hear you, and we want you to know one thing before we continue…
You are NOT to blame.
You were given incorrect information that revolves around cutting calories. There’s an invisible force inside you that is working to cling to extra pounds, and it has nothing to do with calories, points, mail-order meals, or any of the conventional diet and health nonsense you’ve been fed—and that has failed you over and over for most of your life.
What’s really holding you back—and what can permanently set you free—lies in something called “setpoint weight.” And this is something you can control. When you control it, you stay naturally slim and avoid diabesity.
So what Is setpoint weight and why is it so important to understand if you want to avoid diabesity?
In a nutshell, setpoint weight theory refers to the level of stored fat the body works to maintain by regulating your appetite and metabolism through your hormones, genes, and brain, regardless of the quantity of calories you take in or exercise off.
Setpoint Weight and Your Biological Feedback System
You see, your body is a beautifully complex machine. Your brain, your digestive system, and your hormones all work together through a highly coordinated system to help stabilize your body weight and blood sugar—the same way they automatically stabilize your body temperature and blood pressure.
Specifically, they talk to one another through various feedback loops to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specific level, otherwise known as your setpoint weight. This biological feedback system is so sensitive that the brain automatically knows when you’re not eating enough calories to maintain the level of body fat it thinks you need — and it takes immediate action.
You see, the hypothalamus in the brain is in charge of keeping the systems of the body in balance, including the metabolism. It receives regular status updates from hormones regarding the state of your fat levels, metabolism, etc. The hypothalamus then orders the release or increase of various hormones to keep everything in balance.
How the Body Handles Starvation Dieting
Let’s see how this works in practice…
The minute you go on a starvation diet, your body goes on emergency alert. Hormones signal the hypothalamus that you’re starving. The hypothalamus then orders the release or increase of various hormones to keep you alive. It has many options at its disposal. For instance, the hypothalamus increases levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, to try to get you to eat more food. It also releases or increases other hormones that make you weak, cold, tired, shaky, and grouchy. And that’s not all.
The hypothalamus not only slows your metabolism, but it also sends most of the calories you consume straight to your fat cells. It also prevents your body from burning fat. Instead, it tells it to burn muscle. It takes these various measures for one reason and one reason only — to save your life. The hypothalamus doesn’t know you want or need to lose weight. All it knows is that your setpoint weight is a certain level, and you must be starving because why else would your calorie intake drop so drastically?
Besides, every cell in your body is designed to keep you alive and requires proper nutrition to do that. So when you give your cells less nutrition than they “think” they need, they interpret that as nothing short of slow death.
But what made your body give you a higher setpoint weight in the first place?
The Hormonal Clog
If you’ve always had trouble losing weight and keeping it off, you may have a “hormonal clog,” and that is what keeps your setpoint weight elevated, increasing your risk of diabesity.
When you become hormonally clogged, your body can no longer respond to signals from your hormones and brain that otherwise enable you to burn body fat automatically. However, when you increase the quality of your eating, you can heal your hormones, “unclog,” and lower your setpoint weight.
An easy way to understand how this hormonal clog elevates your setpoint weight is to think about your body as being like a sink. When a sink is working properly, more water poured in means more water drains out. The water level may rise temporarily, but the sink will automatically take care of it. The sink is balancing water in and water out at a low level, comparable to a low setpoint weight.
A healthy body works similarly, doing its best to automatically keep excess fat from sticking around. A healthy body, like a “healthy” sink, responds to more in with more out, and to less in with less out. Water builds up in sinks, and fat builds up in bodies, only when they become clogged.
And what causes clogs? You guessed it. Sinks and bodies get clogged and break down when the wrong quality of things are put in them. Now, once clogs happen, any amount of water you pour in the sink will cause the water level to rise and stay high. The sink has an elevated setpoint. What do you do next? You could use less water for the rest of your life but why go through all that hassle when you could fix the underlying problem—by unclogging the sink—and lowering your setpoint?
Clogged Hormones Like a Clogged Sink
Think of your body in the same way. When you put the wrong quality of food into it, your body becomes hormonally clogged, causing it to automatically balance you out at an elevated level of body fat. Like a backed-up sink with stagnant water sitting in it, you end up with a bunch of stagnant fat sitting in your body. These clogs can eventually lead to obesity, diabetes, and diabesity.
Once you’re clogged and your body is balancing you at an elevated setpoint, you could cut calories and that would temporarily lower your weight. But why struggle through starvation? That’s just like turning the faucet down. It doesn’t actually fix anything, and it’s a huge pain. So what should you do? How do you actually unclog your sink?
This is the most important part: improve on the quality of calories you put in your body.
Lower Your Setpoint Weight and Prevent or Reverse Diabesity with SANE
The SANE plan is an excellent way to improve the quality of calories you put in your body to lower setpoint weight and prevent or reverse diabesity.
With SANE, you simply focus on eating more whole foods as close to their natural states as possible. Your mission? Become so full of SANE foods that you don’t have any room for inSANE ones.
The SANE plan is easy to remember and implement, with no calorie counting, hunger, or deprivation. There are just 4 main SANE foods groups. Try to remember to select foods from the first 3 groups at every meal, as these foods are scientifically proven to clear hormonal clogs, trigger fat-burning hormones, and lower your setpoint weight.
Here are the 4 SANE food groups with serving recommendations:
- Non-Starchy Vegetables: 10+ servings per day
- Nutrient-Dense Proteins: 3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal
- Whole-Food Fats: 3-6 servings per day
- Low-Fructose Fruits: 0-3 servings per day
Start out slowly, making simple SANE replacements here and there, and before you know it, you’ll be 100% SANE with a lower setpoint weight to prove it. How great is that?!!!
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