Type 2 Diabetes – The Relationship Between Low Vitamin D Levels, Obesity and Diabetes – Obesity and low levels of vitamin D are both associated with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania investigated whether the combination of both vitamin D insufficiency and obesity acting together, could contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes.
This particular study was published in June 2012 in the journal Diabetes Care, and included 12,900 participants over the age of 20 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey…
insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes, was found to be strongly associated in the participants who had large waist sizes and low vitamin D levels.
From the above information it was concluded abdominal obesity and low vitamin D levels influence the development of insulin resistance.
Belly fat is worse than any other kind of fat because it releases inflammatory substances that can lead to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, as well as diseases such as cancer, dementia, and heart disease. Even thin people can have belly fat that is not seen because it is deep inside among other internal organs.
Exercise: Aerobic exercises, such as fast dancing or playing soccer, swimming, raking leaves, or walking up an incline are good for reducing internal belly fat. They not only burn calories, but cut down on stress hormones. Have a heart check before beginning aerobic exercise.
Eating Plan: A diet low in calories or kilojoules usually gets rid of belly fat first, and eating lots of fiber is helpful too. Beans, peas, fruits, and veggies are good sources of fiber. The website at SimplyRecipes offers a simple recipe for three bean salad with cannellini beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, onion, celery, parsley, rosemary, and a vinegar and oil dressing that sounds delicious, and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.
Sleep: Too little or too much sleep could contribute to the problem. Getting between six and seven hours of sleep each night is considered optimum for preventing belly fat from building up over the years.
Stress: Reducing stress is also important. When we are stressed our bodies make more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes your body to store fat in the belly.
One study showed women who faced discrimination had more belly fat than women who did not. Keeping up with friends can help reduce the amount of cortisol produced, which can keep belly fat from developing.
So, putting it all together, invite some friends for a picnic this weekend. Pack a bean salad, a fruit salad, and some apples. Play softball or go for a hike. Afterward get 6 to 7 hours’ sleep. Do it for everyone’s health.