type 2 diabetes

Your medication may be making you fat!

If you are taking medications on a regular basis, this may be causing you to gain weight. It is very important for a patient to do the research and educate themselves on ALL of the side effects, not just the major one’s your doctor is required to warn you about upon prescribing the medication. You should be concerned about the side affect of weight gain because of the related health issues connected to being overweight or obese. Here are some of the prescribed medication classes that list weight gain as a side effects.

·        Drugs for diabetes: insulin, thiazolidinediones, and sulfonylureas

·        Antipsychotics: haloperidol, clozapine, and lithium

·        Antidepressants: amitriptyline, paroxetine, and sertraline

·       Anticonvulsives (medications for epilepsy): valproate and carbamazepine

·        Steroids: prednisone

·        Hormone treatments: Birth control pills

·        Blood pressure-reducing drugs: beta-blockers

Over the counter medications have been found to cause weight gain side effects. There is research to show that over the counter pain medications, antihistamines and proton pump inhibitors can cause weight gain.

So what can a person do?  First of all, I must add the disclaimer that you should never stop or change your medications without consulting your medical provider first. That being said, if you are currently regularly taking one of the medications listed above, make an appointment to ask your doctor about an alternative medication you can switch to in order to mitigate this issue. For example, Metformin, a drug commonly prescribed to Type 2 Diabetics and prediabetics does not cause weight gain. If you happen to be on a different blood sugar lowering medication, Metformin could possibly be a good alternative.

Evaluate the need for the medication. For example, birth control. There are several side effects and potential long-term risk factors for taking birth control besides weight gain. Evaluate if switching to a non-medication form of birth control would be a better option for you (such as condoms, a sponge or a vasectomy for a long-term partner). 

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Thirdly, explore alternative medicine. There is a ton of research out there to show that whole food supplements are just as effective if not more effective than their drug counterparts. Also, alternative forms of treatment such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and just good old diet and lifestyle changes can be a side effect free way to manage your medical condition.  I highly suggest that if you are on one or more of the above weight gain causing medications, that you make an appointment with a functional medicine practitioner and have them evaluate your current medical status and make suggestions for alternative forms of treating your conditions. Don't live near one? No problem! Many functional medicine practitioners do virtual appointments and can treat you no matter where you live in the world. 

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Is wanting a flat belly vanity?

Your so vain because you want to get rid of that belly? No, you are not. Actually, belly fat has a direct correlation to your overall health and life expectancy! So wanting a flat stomach isn't just a vanity thing, it's a health thing! A high hip to waist ratio (take your waist circumference in inches and divide it by your hip circumference measurement in inches, this is your hip to waist ratio) has been linked to health conditions like type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, depression, dementia, stroke and cancer! The fat around your waist is an indication of what is called visceral fat, which is a type of fat that wraps around your organs, causing damage and all sorts of health complications. If you have more fat stored than you need, especially around visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, and intestines, your body becomes inflamed and your metabolism suffers, making it a hard cycle to break out of and causing disease processes to start to build in the body. 

Abs are made in the kitchen. The fact is, that there is one hormone in your body that tells your body to store fat, this is insulin. So foods and drink that spike your blood sugar also spike your insulin. Stick with foods that are low on the glycemic scale, proteins, healthy fats and leafy greens. Complex carbohydrates such as root vegetables and legumes should be limited, but because of the high fiber, are usually ok on the glycemic scale. Having two cups of fruit in a sitting may seem healthy....but I am sorry to report most fruits contain just as much fructose as a candy bar, so that means your insulin will be telling your body to store fat. Minimize fruit and stick to small servings of berries if you really want fruit. Sticking to a low glycemic index diet will keep those insulin levels low and in turn, your body will be happily burning fat for energy. Your visceral fat (which is normally the fat that is around your middle) will be the first to burn away and before you know it, you are going to see that belly melt away and improve your health and longevity!  

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