Type 2 Diabetes: Understanding the Link Between Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes

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Videos prepared by Steven Liang (BHSc), Tegan O’Brien (Arts and Science), Darren Liu (BHSc), Vitheya Thanabalan (Life Sciences)
Type 2 diabetes has become a pandemic and is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, the estimated worldwide prevalence of type 1 and 2 diabetes is close to 300 million. This number is predicted to rise to 439 million by 2030, with type 2 diabetes accounting for about 90% of these cases. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are often told by their doctors that their disease can be effectively managed with healthy eating, regular exercise and blood sugar monitoring. These students have created a series of three videos that simplify the complex disease process of type 2 diabetes in the hopes that better understanding will motivate patients to better manage their disease.

In this video, the students uses animation to show how obesity can increase a person’s risk of getting diabetes by inducing insulin resistance.

Learning objectives:

– Understand the disease mechanisms underlying type 2 diabetes
– Understand the link between obesity and insulin resistance
– Understand the negative impacts of high blood glucose
– Learn why it is so important to effectively manage Type 2 diabetes

(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv) Obesity is on the rise in the US. What is the connection between this disease and type 2 diabetes? Dr. Alan Saltiel joins host Dr. David Granet to examine the link between weight and diabetes, how our metabolism can influence our health, the role evolution plays, and where current research is trending. Recorded on 10/23/2015. Series: “Health Matters” [2/2016] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 30155]

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  22. John Pymn

    Obviously out of date with todays research which says that a calorie is NOT a calorie and exercise and lower calorie diets DONT WORK. you cant exercise your way out of a crap diet full of processed grains fast food and sugar. Eat REAL FOOD and exercise, mainly strength training and NOT endless cardio .

  23. Manjot Kalha

    In my experience a calorie is not just a calorie. It matters what good group it came from- fat, carb, sugars? What time of the day was it consumed? High glycemic index foods play a major role in weight gain especially if you tip towards insulin resistance. Eating low glycemic index foods and slight increase of good fats along tapering your calorie intake towards evening play a role in weight loss. Exercise helps more to strengthen the muscles and joints and only contributes about 20% towards weight loss/management.

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  25. indrinita

    Honestly we still have to fight for good quality food. I guess you guys didn't know (but can find this out fairly easily from talking to anthropologists) that people in foraging societies spend/spent less than half the time modern humans living in cities in western societies do in looking for and preparing food. In many ways foraging societies were healthier – not necessarily in terms of acute trauma or infectious diseases, but certainly with respect to chronic diseases. Western societies in most cases have constructed a situation in which it is now challenging to be healthy in the long term, when it comes to our eating habits and activity levels. You have to basically go against the grain entirely in order to be and remain healthy.


    Dafuk. This is extraordinary in its illustration of how so called experts want to continue to bamboozle everyone. Its not difficult. And they're getting nicely paid. Are they REALLY that stupid?

  27. WarmWeatherGuy

    We have decades of evidence that telling people to eat less and exercise more is not helpful. Any diet that involves chronic hunger will ultimately fail. Counting calories doesn't work. Why would you count them? So you eat less and are then hungry? That doesn't work.

    Your body will not burn fat when the blood insulin level is sufficiently high. Eating sugar and carbs and snacking all the time will keep that insulin up so you can't burn fat even if you force yourself to exercise. The answer is to eat less sugar and carbs. Replace them with fat. You will automatically eat less because eating carbs makes you hungry and eating fat makes you feel stuffed. You also need to fast between meals. A big fast that starts 6 hours before you go to sleep and ends in the morning will allow insulin to drop and fat to burn. You might be a little hungry but it is only a few hours per day. Counting calories means you're hungry all the time.

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  28. City of Truth91

    The body storing fat is not some old primitive evolutionary by product to be despised. It's crucial to our survival. Yes in modern society there is no immediate threat of famine due to modern factory farming and agriculture, but that doesn't mean that in the future the threat could re-appear. People just need to be diciplined and take care of their bodies and stop being fatasses.

  29. Edward Hutchinson

    Indeed it's sad to see health professionals making fools of themselves.
    However healthy and good for you exercise is the fact remains you can't outrun a bad diet.
    Look at the long-term health of professional athletes and sporting professionals as soon as they stop their sport they develop no end of health problems.
    Saying a calorie is a calorie.may have an element of truth to it but in practice focussing on the caloric value of food misleads people into thinking food quality doesn't count.
    Eating sugary foods that promote addictive behaviours causes greater long term harm than eating the same number of calories of real whole foods the promote satiety and don't create the demand to eat throughout the day.
    It's almost as if these two haven't been paying attention to the Low Carb/Paleo and/or fasting protocols to reversing diabetes.
    Perhaps they should listen to Jason Fung.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
    We've seen the results of the message Dr. Alan Saltiel is promoting over the past 30 years. Repeating the same message only promotes further obesity and more diabetes.

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