Anyone afflicted with diabetes will tell you, the short answer is: yes, diabetes impacts your metabolism. The disease negatively affects your body’s ability to convert and store energy from food. Diabetes and metabolism go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not in the way we would like.
How a Slow Metabolism Factors Into Diabetes
Overweight and obese individuals are often susceptible to diabetes. The inverse is sadly often true as well—people with diabetes are at risk of being overweight or obese.
Diabetes slows the body’s ability to break down food’s nutrients, especially carbohydrates, into glucose (sugar). The insulin hormone moves glucose to the body’s cells. People with diabetes lose this ability and may become reliant on insulin medications.
A slow metabolism is just one of the harmful effects someone inflicted with diabetes can experience. When untreated, a lack of insulin production can cause the body to tap into stored fat instead of glucose. When blood sugar levels rise, weight gain is more likely to occur.
How To Speed Up the Metabolic Process
Through diet and exercise, healthy people can often significantly improve their metabolic process. With a faster metabolism, they will see (and feel) positive changes in their daily life. However, for a person with diabetes, these things can be even more challenging to achieve.
But, it can be done! With the right tools, guidance, and expertise, it’s possible to lose weight with diabetes. A woman with diabetes can work to improve her blood sugar levels. A doctor’s guidance, proper medication, and the support of family and friends are all crucial in maintaining the delicate balance of diabetes and metabolism.
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