Type 2 diabetes and obesity are linked in a nearly 1 to 1 correlation. Research shows a whopping 90% of diabetics are overweight or obese. The more overweight a person gets the more likely he or she is to get prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes. So it's safe to say that obesity causes diabetes. Yet doctors prescribe Type 2 diabetes meds 15 times more often than they do anti-obesity drugs,despite the fact that six obesity drugs are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved. Does traditional medicine have treat the wrong end of the stick controlling symptoms without addressing the cause?

The Obesity Society thinks so.

Which came first: obesity or diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is the lifestyle kind--you can give it to yourself with poor food choices and lack of exercise. A diet high in processed foods, junk carbs, sugar, alcohol and fat leads to weight gain. Sedentary lifestyle slows metabolism. It forces over-production of insulin to process the sugar. Finally the liver has enough and slows insulin production. You become prediabetic, a condition also called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome.

If you ignore the warnings signs (elevated sugar numbers, lethargy, exhaustion) you go into full Type 2 diabetes. There's a reason 9 out of 10 diabetics are overweight--it's not a matter of if, but when you get the disease.

Anti-obesity drugs or diabetes meds or none?

Obesity journalfound thatdoctors are shockingly more likely to prescribe drugs for diabetes than for obesity. A further staggering stat is that 46 percent of the adult U.S.

population ineligible to receive drug therapy for weight problems. There are six different prescriptions available yet doctors seem reluctant to prescribe them. Only 2 percent of overweight patients get anti-obesity drugs while 30 percent get diabetes treatment Ironically, many Type 2 diabetics don't even need meds if the lose weight. Many celebrities have outrun diabetes with weight loss. Patients can avoid anti-obesity drugs with diet too.There are even natural "magic beans" to help shed the pounds!

But if doctors were to prescribe one, the Obesity Society says treat underlying weight problems before symptomatic diabetes.

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