Obesity is part of what is called the metabolic syndrome which includes elevated glucose levels, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. In almost every obese patient you will find one of these metabolic abnormalities. Is it coincidence that when you are overweight you are also diabetic and experiencing high blood pressure or is there a common link between these diseases. What is the underlying mechanism?

There is a common link between obesity and other metabolic diseases.

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation; it was found that in obese patients there is a chronic low-grade inflammation. The increased visceral fat is inflammatory fat and it is the one responsible for this state of chronic state of inflammation. The chronic inflammation in turn causes insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and hypertension.1

When insulin resistance develops, it causes more weight gain and makes obesity more difficult to resolve when addressed in the wrong setting or by the wrong method.

The chronic inflammatory state can be measured by a simple blood tests such as measuring the C-Reactive Protein, Interleukin-6, and Tumor Necrosis Factor-Alpha; all of which are markers of inflammation.

The correct treatment of obesity has to address all causes associated with it. Many different methods of weight loss do not even consider other metabolic problems that cause and are associated with obesity.

Treating obesity without addressing the chronic inflammation will cause two major problems. First the insulin resistance that is caused by the chronic inflammation will slow and in some cases, stop the weight loss. Second the other metabolic diseases that are caused by the chronic inflammation will not resolve with weight loss only.

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