Latest India News | Is this the actual key for weight loss?

Being overweight increases the risk of developing diabetes. The link between weight and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is very strong – weight loss has shown to improve glycaemic control in patients with established diabetes and has delayed the onset of diabetes in those at risk of the condition.

Insulin, the hormone that plays a key role in blood sugar (glucose) regulation, is known to impact metabolism and by extension, weight management. While it may not impact weight loss directly, insulin does control glucose regulation, fat storage and appetite regulation.

Let’s dive a little deeper into the connection between insulin and fat. When the body gains weight around the abdomen, it creates build-up of fat around organs like the liver and pancreas. This can cause insulin resistance. The increased levels of insulin in our body makes us fat. High blood sugar levels are primarily caused by sugar and grains (along with most processed foods) that increase insulin levels. In response to a rise in blood sugar, the pancreas releases insulin repeatedly. When a cell fails to respond to insulin, it becomes “insulin resistant.”

Therefore, having adequate levels of insulin is crucial for a healthy body weight. For T2DM, a quick weight loss programme by which the patients reduce 5% of body weight has been shown to dramatically improve their ability to process insulin.

For long term insulin management, patients need other health and dietary interventions. The first step is to remove refine sugar and reduce the amount of carbohydrates from the diet. While it is best to get the nutrients your body needs from meals, supplements can also help to an extent.

A word of caution here – supplements are not cures. Medical professionals agree that supplements may not ward off diabetes but can help those patients with deficiencies of certain vitamins. It is advised to follow the directions of your healthcare provider before self-medicating with supplements. Having said that, it is observed that certain nutrients like magnesium, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin C are found to be deficient in those with diabetes. Glutathione – a powerful antioxidant, that protects the body from disease and improves insulin sensitivity – is also found to be diminished in diabetics.


Besides supplements, there are certain new age treatments that have become buzzwords particularly in the context of diabetes. For eg. IV vitamin therapy is a way to administer higher concentration of vitamins in the body through a drip. Again, this can be a more efficient way for the body to uptake essential nutrients and can be opted for if advised by the doctor.

Diabetic patients may also benefit from FIR sauna, which is a device that heats the body directly and is said to promote relaxation, detoxification, weight loss and relief from sore muscles etc. If patients adhere to FIR sauna belt use, it may reduce their blood pressure and waist circumference. These therapies may be opted for in consultation with medical professionals.

Medicine is still decoding diabetes even as it becomes a global epidemic. For instance, researchers know now that there is a link between inflammation and diabetes but there is no clear answer to whether inflammation causes diabetes.
While scientists and medical professionals investigate this lifestyle disease, some easy changes can protect us from diabetes. Good sleep, stress management and exercise should be practised consistently by patients for a faster recovery and by those at risk of diabetes to ward off its onset entirely.

Lastly, remember that each individual has his/her own medical history and genetic predispositions, therefore a detailed evaluation of your medical path can only be mapped in consultation with a healthcare provider.

(Article courtesy: Deepak Pal, Sports & Functional Nutritionist, SENS Clinic)