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Obesity and Diabetes: Diabetes patients are considered obese when they have a Body Mass Index over 30. Such patients are at greater risk for a host of other problems cardiovascular disease, cancer, sleep apnea, and poor quality of life. Tremendous research is being done to control, manage, and reverse obesity in diabetics and the educated healthcare professional can help.

Time Will Tell What Patient Will Do

Pin Prick Blood Test

Male, 21 years of age has class III obesity, binge eating disorder, fatty liver, and asthma, and was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It is his freshman year at a college away from home. He eats in the cafeteria, and has no refrigerator or stove in his room. He visits today after not taking metformin or GLP-1 agonist since at starting school. He is under a lot of stress and states the food at school is terrible, unhealthy, and not diabetes-friendly at all. Note, he has been taught a lower carb meal plan. He says he is not taking Glucophage or Victoza; each of them at low doses gives him terrible diarrhea. He states he checks his glucose twice a week, with fastings in the 90-100 range. He is up 10 pounds since our last visit in September.

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When Losing Weight, Warn ‘em!

Roadsign to weight loss or diabetes

I work in obesity medicine. As many of us know, losing weight isn't the problem for most, but weight regain is. As the saying goes for many, you can't be rich enough or thin enough. Many of our patients come in with unrealistic goals regarding their weight loss, and don't give themselves enough credit for the weight they have lost. Many, for many reasons, regain.

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Denial: Numbers Don’t Lie

Refusing to take medicine

Woman, 64 years of age. History of Class II Obesity and hyperlipidemia. While she had obesity, her glucose levels were elevated. A1C 8.2%. She followed a lower carb meal plan, was active, took metformin and a GLP-1, a statin and an ACE-I. She lost 22% total body weight. A1C then remained in the 6-6.5% range for 3 years on this treatment plan. Over the past 8 months, due to insurance and her statement of denial that she ever really had diabetes, she stopped taking her glucose-lowering medication, statin, and ACE-I, wasn’t as strict with meal plan or activity, and stopped checking her glucose, but did not gain back her weight.

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