Diabesity (obesity + diabetes) is a worldwide epidemic that government health officials, medical doctors, and nutrition experts have been trying to reverse. Despite their best efforts, however, the numbers of people with diabesity continues to grow. Learning how to reverse diabesity is important because of the tragic health and financial consequences of this disease.
Diabesity affects more than 1 billion people globally. In America, 100 million people suffer from this disease, 50% of whom are over the age of 65. Most of these individuals have increasing needs for healthcare as this condition progresses, causing a financial burden for them personally and for the nation.
When estimating health care costs of diabesity, it is necessary to estimate the costs of diabetes and obesity separately. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $327 billion. (This figure includes $237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in reduced productivity.) Further, those with diabetes pay more than double in medical costs than those without diabetes.
The total cost of obesity in the U.S. is more difficult to calculate because obesity is the underlying cause or major contributing factor for most chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. Therefore, the estimated health care costs of obesity range from $147 billion to almost $210 billion per year. Statistics show obese adults spend 42% more on direct health care costs than those who are of “normal” weight.
What You Need To Know to Reverse Diabesity
To reverse diabesity, it is first necessary to know exactly what this disease is. Many people are unclear about its true definition. Even if they know the term “diabesity” refers to the combination of obesity and diabetes, many do not know what this means. Though diabesity is a condition in which obesity and diabetes occur together, the true meaning of the term differs somewhat.
Diabesity actually refers to the interrelationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes. Carrying extra weight — from being slightly overweight to obese — is the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Studies show excess fat, especially around the waist, causes insulin resistance that can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. Studies also show, however, that insulin resistance causes weight gain and obesity. That’s because if your cells do not respond to insulin, excess insulin circulates in your bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that sends signals to the fat cells telling them to store fat.
Link Between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
The interrelationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes has been clear for a couple decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 90% of those who are obese will develop type 2 diabetes. Would you like to guess how many people with diabetes are obese? That’s right, 90%.
The fact that obesity almost always leads to type 2 diabetes, if given enough time, explains why obesity and diabetes have become twin epidemics. In the U.S., more than 93 million adults are obese, and 30.3 million have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that usually becomes full-blown type 2 diabetes within 5-10 years if left untreated. (Source: Centers for Disease Control)
It usually takes many years or decades for type 2 diabetes to develop, which explains why there are such a low number of diagnosed diabetics compared to the number of obese adults. Keep in mind, too, that there are more than 150 million people in the U.S. who are either overweight or obese, which is only about 40 million more than those who have diabetes or prediabetes.
Symptoms of Diabesity
The symptoms of diabesity are typically caused by insulin resistance and high or widely fluctuating blood glucose levels. There are usually few symptoms in the beginning, or they will be so minor you may not even notice them or be concerned about them. If you experience a few of these symptoms, however, it is wise to have an evaluation by your healthcare provider.
Weight Gain or Obesity, especially in the abdomen or around the waist
Unexplained Weight Loss
Intense Cravings for Carbs and Sugars
Sleep problems, ie, insomnia, frequent wakefulness during the night, etc.
High Blood Pressure
Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
Tingling or Numbness in Hands, Arms, Legs, and/or Feet
Decreased Energy Levels
Health Complications of Diabesity
The health complications of diabesity include ones for obesity and diabetes, so the list is pretty long.
High Blood Pressure
Abnormal Cholesterol Levels
Eye Disease (Retinopathy, Cataracts, Glaucoma)
Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
The good news is that if you reverse diabesity, you will also reduce your risk for these other health conditions.
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Reverse Diabesity By Losing Weight
Since obesity is a major contributor to type 2 diabetes, long-term weight loss is the best way to reverse diabesity. There’s only one problem. If you’ve struggled with weight issues, you have probably already tried losing weight — many times. You’ve probably already lost tons of weight — many times. But no matter how little you eat or how much your exercise, the pounds always come back.
You’re not alone. Statistics show diets fail 95.4 % of the time. Notice we didn’t say people fail to lose weight on these diets. That’s because it is not their fault. And it is not your fault, either. You didn’t fail those diets. They failed YOU. Most traditional diets focus on calorie restriction. They tell you that you must starve your body to lose weight.
Does that make any sense? Think about it. Every cell needs a certain amount of nutrients to function properly. When you go on a starvation diet, your body thinks you’re going to die, and it will do everything it can to prevent that. Any time you try to lose weight by giving the body less nutrition than it needs, the body works against you. It not only does everything it can to ruin your current diet, but it also slows your metabolism so that you’ll gain the weight back as soon as you stop dieting. This leads to yo-yo dieting.
Say Goodbye to Yo-Yo Dieting
Yo-yo dieting is depressing and frustrating. If you are on the yo-yo dieting roller coaster, you probably want to get off of it. You want to know how to permanently lose weight. You know eating less and exercising more is not working, but none of the “experts” have offered a better solution — until now.
We can show you how to lose weight and easily reverse diabesity, without counting calories or points, depriving yourself, or being miserable.
Why Lowering Setpoint Weight is the Only Way to Reverse Diabesity
The only way to permanently lose weight and reverse diabesity is to lower your setpoint weight. Your body regulates your weight the same way it regulates your heartbeat, respiration, and other bodily functions. It doesn’t need you to count your calories. This is how it works:
Your brain, digestive system, and hormones talk to one another through several feedback loops to synchronize the activities that automatically maintain body fat at a specific level, known as your setpoint weight. You can think of this system that establishes your setpoint weight like the thermostat in your home.
Based on the thermostat reading, your heating or air conditioning responds to the weather outside to keep your home at whatever temperature the thermostat “thinks” it should be at. In like manner, your setpoint stimulates or suppresses your hunger and raises or lowers your metabolism based upon how much fat it “thinks” you should have.
This system is designed to keep you at a healthy weight, neither too fat nor too thin. But if the system is broken, the hormones cannot send or receive proper signals. The body doesn’t know how much fat you should have, so it gives you more fat. Your setpoint weight rises and this higher weight becomes the one your body defends.
Setpoint Weight Always Wins
If you try to override your body’s self-survival mechanism, it fights back. The body has many weapons at its disposal. There are hormones that make you hungry, hormones that make you crave carbs/sugar, hormones that make you store fat. Your body slows your metabolism and tells your body not to burn fat, to burn muscle instead. All of this is designed to keep you from starving to death.
You will lose weight on a starvation diet, but the results will be short term. As you’ve probably discovered, the pounds come back incredibly fast after you go off the diet. The only way to lose weight permanently is to lower your setpoint weight. Your body will then work to keep you at your lower setpoint weight.
Causes of Elevated Setpoint Weight
Here are a few of the most common causes of an elevated setpoint weight.
Research shows beyond doubt that poor-quality diet is the main cause of diabesity. Regularly eating poor-quality foods have been proven to dysregulate hormones, cause neurological inflammation, and contribute to insulin resistance. Here are the types of foods known to contribute to diabesity:
Ultra-Processed Foods: These are manufactured foods containing high amounts of added sugars, sodium, processed fats, and chemicals. Examples of ultra-processed foods include microwave dinners, breakfast cereals, sodas, pastries, packaged baked good, instant soups.
Added Sugars: Research shows Americans consume too much sugar, most of which comes from ultra-processed foods. According to the University of California San Francisco, there are at least 61 names for sugar on processed food labels. Some common names for sugar are sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, and rice syrup.
Grain Products: Grains cause a spike in blood sugar levels, leading to insulin resistance, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Though many nutritionists and cereal commercials talk about the health benefits of whole grains, these foods still negatively affect blood sugar levels and should be consumed sparingly if you want to reverse diabesity.
Though staying physically active is a great way to prevent or reverse diabesity, regular prolonged exercise that increases your heartbeat can actually contribute to obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is because intense, prolonged exercise triggers a release of cortisol that in turn triggers a release of insulin.
Studies show chronic stress also contributes to diabesity. Stress causes elevated levels of cortisol in the bloodstream, which promotes an accumulation of belly fat. Abdominal fat is a major risk factor for insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
How to Reverse Diabesity with Setpoint Diet
As poor-quality diet is the biggest risk factor for diabesity, we will focus on how to reverse diabesity with setpoint diet.
The setpoint diet is easy to fit into your lifestyle. It doesn’t involve starvation or even hunger. In fact, the goal is to be so full of yummy SANE foods, you won’t have room for inSANE ones. All you need to do is reduce your intake of heavily processed foods, grains, and added sugars. Replace them with whole foods that contain water, fiber, and protein.
Try to include foods from these 3 food groups at every meal, as they are scientifically proven to reverse diabesity.
10+ servings per day. Fill half your plate with non-starchy vegetables at each main meal or blend 3 or more servings into a setpoint-lowering green smoothie.
3-5 servings per day, 30-55 grams per meal. Fill one-third of your plate with nutrient-dense protein at every main meal.
Lean, Humanely-Raised Meats
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
3-6 servings per day. Fill the remainder of your plate with whole-food fats at every main meal.
If you would like a tasty treat, the setpoint diet also includes one more food group: low-fructose fruits.
0-3 servings per day
The setpoint diet is the best and the easiest way to reverse diabesity. Try it and see for yourself!
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