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Body Fat And Diabetes

Friday, August 5th, 2011

As the it seems that the world just keeps growing heavier and heavier, one of the largest diseases that’s showing upwards growth trends is diabetes.

More and more people are becoming affected by diabetes and sadly, it’s not just adults. Diabetes is now being seen quite regularly in our youth, indicating just how large of a problem this is really coming to be.

Both adults as well as children are being affected by diabetes as their weight continues to take a steady trend upwards into the obese category.

But how does body fat play a role in diabetes and what’s the connection that you need to know about?

Let’s have a closer look at how body fat is connected to diabetes so you can see for yourself the link that’s coming into play.

The Body Fat-Insulin Connection

The first issue that’s going to come into play is the fact that the more body fat you have on the body, the greater the level of insulin that will be required in order to deliver the glucose to the cells after carbohydrates are eaten.

If the insulin is not secreted in appropriate amounts, the glucose will stay in the blood stream causing high blood glucose which is the entire problem with diabetes in the first place.

As more and more body fat comes to accumulate, more and more insulin will constantly be needed and this overproduction of insulin can really wear on your body’s system.

The Nutrient Consumption Risk

If you have high levels of body fat, this is also going to be indicative that you’re not eating a diet that contains sufficient levels of fruits and vegetables in most instances. Instead, those who are suffering from high levels of body fat more often eat fast foods, high fat snack foods, highly processed breakfast and cereal bars, and so on.

Because they’re filling their body with these nutrient devoid items rather than the highly nutritious fruits and vegetable that you really need, this is going to place extra stress on your pancreas and make it even more difficult to secrete the level of insulin required to take care of the glucose in the blood.

Receptor Issues

Finally, when there is elevated fat in the blood stream due to high levels of body fat, this can stimulate a certain receptor in the body known as GPR40, which typically responds to high levels of blood sugar by promoting a high increase in insulin production.

But when fat is also present in addition to the sugar in the blood, this stimulates these receptors even further, therefore you get an even higher production of insulin.

Safe Fat Levels

Friday, August 5th, 2011

When starting up on a fat loss diet plan, very often a great deal of energy and focus is placed right on the exact body weight that you’re at. You want to weigh a certain number of pounds or kilograms and that’s all that you have on your mind: reaching that goal weight.

But, one thing that you should stop and think about for a second is what level of body fat you’re at both at your current weight and what you will be at when you reach your goal weight.

Maintaining a safe level of body fat is incredibly important as there are negative health risks associated with being on either end of the spectrum.

Let’s have a look at this issue further so you can see for yourself where you should stand.

The Dangers Of Too Much Body Fat

Most people are already quite aware of some of the biggest dangers of having too much body fat, but to summarize, when you have too high of body fat levels, you’ll likely be experiencing higher overall cholesterol levels which could set you up for heart disease, you’ll also be at risk for diabetes as the body tends to respond less to insulin when too much fat is present, and you’ll also be putting your bones and joints at risk for health problems due to all the excess weight coming down on them.

All in all, carry too much body fat and you’ll really be doing a detriment to your overall health and well-being.

The Dangers Of Too Little Body Fat

On the flip side of the coin, if you don’t have enough body fat you could run the risk of nutrient deficiencies. Since many of the vitamins that the body needs are only fat soluble, if you aren’t eating enough dietary fats in the first place, you likely won’t be taking these nutrients in, and then since the body has such low fat stores, there won’t be any place to store them.

Having too low of body fat levels can put your bones at risk for osteoporosis as well, especially if you’re a female.

Those females who do suffer from very low body fat levels will also notice that they stop menstruating, so that’s another negative health effect to be aware of.

Finally, when you have very low body fat levels you’re also going to notice that you feel tired on an ongoing basis, are constantly hungry, and may not even be able to focus and think as clearly as you normally would.

Your Optimal Range

So what’s the safe body fat range?

For females who do require more essential fat, you want to be between 21-33% if you’re 20-40 years of age and be 23-35% if you’re over the age of 40. This is the recommended amount to maintain proper health and going outside of these ranges are what will bring about the problems listed above.

For males, they can be quite a bit leaner and have a healthy range of body fat set to 8-19% for the age group of 20-40 years and have a healthy range set to 11-22% for those that are 41-60 years of age.