Type 2 diabetes

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A person with type 2 diabetes is able to produce a lot of insulin initially but their bodies are not responding to the hormone called insulin due to what is called insulin resistance. Most people with diabetes—9 in 10—have type 2 diabetes which often is diagnosed in adults although it is increasingly being diagnosed in children. There is a third type of diabetes called gestational diabetes which develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes, your baby could be at higher risk for health complications. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.


In the US, 84.1 million adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.


Diabetes statistics

30.3 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripledas the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.


Link between weight and diabetes

The link between insulin resistance, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes is well-established. Lifestyle modifications such as weight loss and physical activity are crucial in the prevention and management of these conditions. W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep, and MedSpa provides a comprehensive approach to weight management and sleep disorders, offering patients the tools and support they need to achieve their health goals.

Root cause of type 2 diabetes

Insulin resistance, weight gain, and type 2 diabetes are interrelated conditions that affect a significant number of individuals worldwide. Insulin resistance occurs when the body's cells become less sensitive to the effects of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. This results in a buildup of glucose in the bloodstream, leading to weight gain and eventually, type 2 diabetes.

Obesity and insulin resistance

Numerous studies have shown that obesity and weight gain are major risk factors for the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Excess body fat, especially visceral fat around the abdomen, is associated with increased insulin resistance, inflammation, and metabolic dysfunction. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes is two to four times higher in individuals with obesity compared to those with a normal body weight.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle modifications such as weight loss and physical activity have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. In particular, weight loss is an essential component in the management of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. A reduction of 5-10% in body weight can lead to significant improvements in insulin sensitivity and glycemic control.

How can W8MD help?

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep, and MedSpa is a medical weight loss center that provides comprehensive weight management services to individuals struggling with obesity and related conditions such as insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Their physician-supervised weight loss programs incorporate a variety of evidence-based interventions, including dietary counseling, physical activity, behavioral therapy, and medications when necessary.

Other services

In addition to weight loss, W8MD also offers a range of other services to address sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, which is associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Their sleep medicine programs use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatment options to improve sleep quality and overall health. Our W8MD insurance physician weight loss program offers:

  • a consultation, under the guidance of trained physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.
  • instruction on nutritional programs teaching you about metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance and whether you are at risk to the proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs as well as fats, protein, and carbohydrates.
  • how often, and the proper times you should be eating during the day.
  • Individualized weight loss plan with all of the right ingredients and a partnership to help you reach your goal weight.
  • a loss of between 2-4 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned, low-glycemic food. If you work the program, the program will work for you!
  • Most insurances are accepted for the visits with above the insurance program fee of $50.00 biweekly.
  • Our self pay consultation is only $130.00 which includes the program cost and up to two appetite suppressant medications.


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