How does weight loss reduce my risk?

How does weight loss reduce my risk?

Being overweight is one of the biggest preventable risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.

Where you carry this weight also makes a difference. If you store a lot of this around your stomach, fat can build up around vital organs such as the liver and pancreas meaning they don’t work as well.

Diagram showing an outline of a female carrying excess weight around her middle. The diagram highlights the deep layer of visceral fat, abdominal muscles and fat just below the skin called subcutaneous fat

The deep fat that is stored around your middle is known as ‘visceral’ fat and it increases insulin resistance — which is when our body cannot use insulin properly

Not being able to make enough insulin, or our body not being able to use it properly leads to the development of type 2 diabetes.

How much weight do I need to lose?

When it comes to weight loss, even a small amount is better than none. Losing just 5% of your body weight, and maintaining that loss, can have significant health benefits. This includes reducing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes along with other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

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