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Type 2 diabetes: How to keep your portion sizes in check to avoid risks

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According to the non-profit Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), “The degree of insulin resistance and the incidence of type 2 diabetes is highest in a person with an “apple” shape.

“These persons carry the majority of their excess body weight around their abdomen. In contrast, the ‘pear’ shaped person carries most of their weight in the hips and thighs and this is not as likely to be associated with insulin resistance.”

It is therefore imperative that people with type 2 diabetes monitor their weight. One effective way to do this is to keep your portion sizes in check.

There are many triggers but obesity is one of the chief culprits.

Carrying excess weight encourages the resistance of insulin, which causes blood glucose levels to spike. The connection is confirmed by the fact that weight-loss has been proven to control or in certain cases cure type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a condition caused by abnormally high levels of blood glucose resulting from either the body’s inability produce enough insulin to control glucose levels or a natural resistance to the effects of insulin. If untreated, it can cause a host of serious health problems related to eyes, the heart and nerves. Over 3.8 million people are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK but the actual number of people living with the condition could be much higher as the condition often goes undetected. Making necessary lifestyle changes can help mitigate serious health risks.

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