The Blood Sugar Solution for Diabesity and Weight Loss

By Mark Hyman, MD Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center Author of The Blood Sugar Solution

Posted on | By Dr. Mark Hyman

Diabesity refers to the continuum of blood sugar and insulin imbalance that causes everything from mild weight problems and a little belly fat to pre-diabetes to full-blown type 2 diabetes. It affects 1 in 2 Americans, 1 in 4 African Americans, 1 in 4 Medicare patients and 1 in 4 teenagers. It is a global problem – 80% of the world’s diabetics live in developing countries. 

And it affects skinny people, too! In fact, 37% of skinny kids and 23% of skinny adults (only 35% of Americans are considered to be of normal weight) have diabesity – they look skinny but are metabolically fat. Doctors call it “metabolically obese normal weight.” I call it the “skinny fat syndrome.” Indeed, 90% of people with diabesity are not diagnosed. 

The Diabesity Quiz

Answer the following questions. Even a single “yes” answer may mean you have it.  And the more you answer “yes,” the greater your chances. 

  • Do you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease or obesity?
  • Are you of non-white ancestry (African, Asian, Native American, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Indian, Middle Eastern?
  • Are you overweight (BMI, or body mass index, over 25)? Calculate your BMI.
  • Do you have extra belly fat?  Is your waist circumference greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men? 
  • Do you have sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings?
  • Do you have trouble losing weight on a low-fat diet?
  • Has your doctor told you your blood sugar is a little high (greater than 100mg/dl) or have you actually been diagnosed with insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or diabetes?
  • Do you have high levels of triglycerides (over 100 mg/dl) or low HDL (good) cholesterol (< 50 mg/dl)?
  • Do you have heart disease?
  • Do you have high blood pressure? Are you inactive (less than 30 minutes of exercise 4 times a week)?
  • Have you had gestational diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome?
  • Do you suffer from infertility, low sex drive, or sexual dysfunction?     

You can also take the comprehensive diabesity quiz.

Stop the Epidemic: Quit These 5 Foods

The following foods spike insulin, which is the fat storage hormone responsible for your belly fat.  These foods also cause cravings and can be addictive. They mess up your hormones and brain chemistry, increasing your appetite and causing you to crave sugar and refined carbs. The key to regaining control of your hormones and brain chemistry is to cut out these foods and eat real food.

Article written by Dr. Mark Hyman