Diabetes-It's All About the Weight Baby

It was my second visit to my new doctor in Pueblo, Colorado back about 8-9 years ago. I didn't know him from Adam. I had taken a battery of blood tests called a lipid profile on my first visit. Let me digress a little.

I shopped around and picked him as my Doc because I had recently been diagnosed with the big 'D' (Diabetes for those of you who live in Pueblo) and my other doc knew zip about it. This new doc had a son with type 1.

We chit chatted a bit on this second visit then he got down to business. Let's see Jack, you have type 2 diabetes partially caused by being overweight. You have high blood pressure caused by being overweight. You have sleep apnea caused by being overweight. You have high cholesterol and high triglycerides caused by poor eating habits which cause you to be overweight. "Are you staring to see a pattern here?" he asked. DUH!!

That was nearly nine years ago but the words ring true today. 25 pounds and one angioplasty later I still struggle with weight. At age 63, my metabolism is not slow it has gone in reverse. It is very difficult to lose weight for me, maybe impossible. I even tried the duct tape diet.

I know it is easy-just burn more calories than you take in. Yeah RIGHT!

Well now there is more than anecdotal evidence between being overweight and diabetes, between being overweight and sleep apnea. Study after study confirms the relationship.

Sleep apnea is an interruption of sleep caused by an obstruction in the airways. Five such interruptions in an hour constitute a clinical diagnosis of sleep apnea. My last sleep study revealed an average of 19 per hour-that's one every three minutes. No wonder you feel so c…. when you have it.

Sleep apnea is potentially life threatening. We all know how devastating and life threatening the big 'D' is. So what are you waiting for?

The good news is you can avoid type 2 diabetes completely - or at least control it adequately. This is quite possible in many cases using diet, exercise, other lifestyle improvements, and medication, if necessary. Get control early, if you have it, and enjoy your life.


Jack Krohn has had Diabetes, Pre-diabetes and Syndrome X for nearly fifteen years. He speaks from the experiences he has had during that time. He is also a free lance writer-the #1 author of Home Security Articles in the country.