Does Being Overweight Really Increase My Risk of Diabetes?

The answer is yes, but what is striking about this study is just how much it puts you at risk.
In this particular study, researchers looked across multiple studies to determine the risks associated with being overweight or obese and diabetes.  Here’s what they found:
  • Those who were overweight had a 728% higher risk of developing diabetes.
  • Those who were obese had a staggering increase of 828%.
Personally, I really wish we would get rid of the diagnosis of diabetes.  A scoring system to tell if you are physiologically handling your blood sugar better or worse.
Somewhere along the line, we gave a magic value to a blood marker and that has become the only thing to worry about.  It’s like using the same marker for cigarette smokers and lung cancer.  Do those smokers who have not yet been diagnosed with lung cancer think everything is ok?
Of course not.
So why do people who are overweight and have not (yet) been diagnosed with diabetes think everything is ok?  The prediabetic state is arguably one of the most damaging states for our bodies to be in.  But we continue to ignore this condition, with drastic ramifications on all aspects of health.


James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.