The stories in the papers today merely repeat what we already knew, that as our weight increases, type 2 diabetes increases. Furthermore, this increase in obesity is happening in all age groups meaning that ever younger groups are being impacted by it. The front page of the Daily Mail today focuses on the forecast increase in people under the age of 40 who will get this disease.
Diabetes is a horrible disease. People may get confused about it when they see famous, successful people managing their diabetes successfully. The former Prime Minister Theresa May was one such person. She is a type 1 diabetic.
The obesity related diabetes is called type 2 diabetes. This is caused by our weight and diet impacting on the way the body processes sugar. It is not easily managed and in severe cases causes a range of life changing disabilities including blindness, amputations and, most importantly, shorter life.
If you are concerned about your weight and you have or are worried about getting type 2 diabetes, you can read more about it here.
If there is any good news, it is that losing weight puts type 2 diabetes into remission for the vast majority of patients. Almost all type 2 diabetics who have a gastric bypass will come off their diabetes medication immediately after surgery.
The key message from these stories is to take action to bring your weight under control.
For most people with a BMI over 30 the only reliable way to do this is through a surgical procedure. If you would like to know more about weight loss surgery, and the procedures that are available, download our free guide to weight loss surgery here