Often after a type-2 diabetes diagnostic, patients are being told that they need to lose weight if they want to improve their diabetic condition but what they are not told is: Where to lose weight in priority?

A research published in 2011 by Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University (Taylor, 2013) shows that excess fat in the liver is a significant factor contributing to the development of diabetes. Indeed, a fatty liver causes the liver to become resistant to insulin in that insulin can no longer regulate the liver in releasing glucose into the bloodstream. Doctor David Cavan, a consultant Physician at Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine centre describes it as “the insulin tap becoming leaky letting glucose levels rise in the blood” (Cavan, 2014).

Here is how the vicious circle begins: in order to compensate for this malfunctioning, the pancreas produces more insulin and high insulin levels trigger a deposit of fat in the liver which in turn worsens the problem. Gradually, both the liver and the pancreas become fatty. As a result of that, a fatty pancreas can longer function properly in producing insulin (Cavan, 2014).

In many people with type-2 diabetes, belly fat is what seems to be causing diabetes, making the liver resistant to insulin and impacting the pancreas’s function to produce insulin. 

Therefore, when aiming to lose weight, try target in priority the fat stored around the organs in the abdomen especially the liver and the pancreas. Focus on reducing your waist circumference as this will allow the organs to work normally again and lead to reversal of Diabetes and namely insulin resistance. 

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Cavan, D 2014, Reverse Your Diabetes: The Step-by-Step Plan to Take Control of Type 2 Diabetes, Vermilion, London

Taylor, R, ‘Type 2 diabetes ethology and reversibility’, Diabetes Care, 36, (2013), 1047

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