Causes of weight gain
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Are you a bit overweight or obese and tired of it?

  • Are you searching the web for ways to lose weight?
  • Do you have weight around your tummy or upper part of the body?
  • Do you prediabetes, or cholesterol abnormalities such as elevated triglycerides or low good cholesterol?
  • Were you told to be prediabetic or have a history of borderline blood sugars?
  • Do you have health insurance?
  • Do you know that your insurance might cover the cost of the weight loss physician visits?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone and you might have what is called “metabolic syndrome” or insulin resistance that increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. Affecting one in three Americans, metabolic sydrome is a common problem that in fact might be causing your weight gain.

Also read: secrets of losing weight by a weight loss doctor.

Causes of weight gain

How can metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance cause weight gain?

If you are insulin resistant, your basal insulin levels will be high as the body compensates for insulin resistance by increasing the production of insulin.

Metablic causes of weight gain

Since Insulin is the principal anabolic(body building) hormone in the body, people with insulin resistance tend to gain weight, especially in the belly and upper part of the body, one area not good for the body to have a lot of fat! As per research from Mayo Clinic and other places, belly fat produces harmful chemicals that raise body’s inflammation which in turn raises the risk of many health problems including cardiovascular disease. In fact, most human disease starts with inflammation including that of Cancers. No wonder, obese people have higher risk of overall disease risk including that of cancer. Watch this excellent Youtube video to understand insulin resistance.

Watch this youtube video to understand insulin resistance.
More than half of all Americans will have diabetes or prediabetes by the year 2020, at a cumulative cost of $3.35 trillion unless something drastically changes with U.S. health trends, according to a new analysis conducted by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform and Modernization.

The Epidemic of Prediabetes and Diabetes!

According to a new study, investigators say diabetes and prediabetes will also account for an estimated 10 percent of total health care spending by the end of the decade at an annual cost of almost $500 billion. That’s up from an estimated $194 billion in 2010.

The report, “The United States of Diabetes: Challenges and Opportunities in the Decade Ahead,” was unveiled this week, because November is National Diabetes Prevention month. The study offers solutions designed to improve health and life expectancy, while also saving up to $250 billion over the next 10 years.
Read this report on CNN titled Diabetes or prediabetes predicted for half of Americans by 2020

What is Prediabetes and why is it important to reverse it for weight loss, and prevention of diabetes?

Prediabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Yet the vast majority of people with prediabetes do not know they have the condition, according to CDC research.

  • Just 7% of people with prediabetes are aware of their condition.
  • 79 million Americans—35% of adults aged 20 years and older—have prediabetes.
  • Half of all Americans aged 65 years and older have prediabetes.

What is prediabetes?

People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. They are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease, and stroke. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health, 15% to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

How can type 2 diabetes be prevented?

Research shows that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by up to 58 percent in people with prediabetes. Modest weight loss means 5% to 7% of body weight, which is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. Getting at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity, such as brisk walking, also is important.
Lifestyle change programs offered through the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is led by CDC, can help participants adopt the healthy habits needed to prevent type 2 diabetes. Trained lifestyle coaches lead classes to help participants improve their food choices, increase physical activity, and learn coping skills to maintain weight loss and healthy lifestyle changes.

Who Is likely to have prediabetes?

People with the following risk factors are more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:

  • 45 years of age or older.
  • Overweight.
  • Have a parent with diabetes.
  • Have a sister or brother with diabetes.
  • Family background is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander.
  • Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.
  • Physically active less than three times a week.

How to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.

  • Fasting glucose test. This measures blood glucose in people who have not eaten anything for at least eight hours. Fasting glucose levels of 100 to 125 mg/dL are diagnostic of impaired fasting glucose (IFG), also called prediabetes. People with IFG often have had insulin resistance for some time and are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
  • Glucose tolerance test. This test measures blood glucose after people fast for at least eight hours, and two hours after they drink a sweet liquid provided by a doctor or laboratory. A blood glucose level between 140 and 199 mg/dL is called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) also called prediabetes. Like IFG, it points toward a history of insulin resistance and a risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Hemoglobin A1c test. This test measures the amount of glucose that is on the red blood cells. Fasting is not necessary. An A1c value of 5.7% to 6.4% indicates prediabetes.

*People whose test results indicate they have prediabetes should have their blood glucose levels checked again in 6 months to 1 year.

Can We Reverse This Epidemic of Diabetes and Prediabetes?

Good news is that we can reverse insulin resistance with physician trained in the new field of Obesity Medicine that specializes in preventing and reversing insulin resistance. According to a new study co-authored by a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher and published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has shown that intensive lifestyle interventions, including diet and exercise, have the potential to put Type 2 diabetes into remission and eliminate the need for medication in some cases.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly two million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. Since the grossly misleading food pyramid was introduced, the incidence of type 2 diabetes has gone up as much as 400 percent in the United States. Pre-diabetes, also called insulin resistance syndrome or metabolic syndrome, affects about a third of all Americans. If you have some extra weight especially around your waist, you might be insulin resistant! An obesity medicine physician specializing in the medical management of obesity and insulin resistance might be able to help.
According to this report:

 “Reversing diabetes through weight loss and exercise is a much less invasive approach and may be a more attractive option for many people. This is very exciting news for supporters of public health policies that encourage people to lose weight and increase their physical activity.”

How Can W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America Help?
W8MD physicians have specialized obesity medicine training and are well versed with  managing insulin resistance and other metabolic effects of weight. W8MD physicians can help you lose weight safely, effectively using proven non surgical methods. Use this free W8MD’s Insulin Resistance Calculator and see if you might be insulin resistant that may be causing your weight gain?

Call (800)W8MD-007 for more information or visit W8MD website for locations, insurances, and appointments.

Insulin Resistance Calculator

Affecting about 1/3rd of the US population, insulin resistance is very common and leads to central obesity or belly fat. Also called insulin resistance syndrome, this condition increases inflammation in the body leading to increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and many other disorders including some cancers. However, the diagnosis of insulin resistance is fairly simple. Place a check against any item that applies to you below to see if you might be at risk:
§    Get enough protein. If the body gets carbohydrates without enough protein, it goes into insulin resistance. Most people need about 30 grams of protein at each meal. One egg is about 7 grams. As we evolved as hunters and gatherers, we are designed to eat a non-grain based diet rich in protein, fruits, nuts and vegetables.
§    Try to work more physical activity into your day. Both exercise and resistance training can help reduce your risk of diabetes, and also helps to control it once you have it.
§    Eat more fiber. Fiber helps reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control. Try more fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
§    Choose whole grains. When you do eat grains, look for the word “whole” in the ingredient list. Whole wheat, stone-ground whole wheat, brown rice, and oats are all whole-grain ingredients.
§    Eat fewer simple carbohydrates. These foods, with high glycemic index, break down quickly in the body, and can lead to rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Go easy on foods like white rice, white bread, white pasta, refined flours, candy, fruit juice, soda pop, and baked goods made with white flour. The key is to understand glycemic Index of foods and focus on low glycemic foods.
§    Get enough sleep. When you’re sleep deprived, your body drives you to eat more simple carbohydrates. Get at least 7-8 hours a night.
§    Get help from Obesity Medicine physicians. You probably tried them all and still cannot lose weight! You might want to get help from physicians trained in Obesity Medicine that can help deal with the complex issues leading to weight gain.
Losing weight takes more than desire and the first step is to see if your insurance might cover for these essential services. Since the 2010 Affordable Care Act Mandates Insurance coverage by all insurances for obesity, the chances are high that your insurance might cover these essential and preventive service.
W8MD can help you by checking your benefits with your insurance once you make an appointment and in our experience, most insurances do offer coverage for the weight loss physician visits.
It takes commitment and a well-thought-out plan. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting started. Make the first step by calling W8MD today at 1-800-W8MD-007 or visit W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers website for locations.

 About the Author – Prab R. Tumpati, MD

Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, MD is a Practicing Obesity Medicine Physician and is the founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America.
As a passionate weight loss doctor with thorough understanding of the factors leading to weight gain and methods to help you lose weight, Dr. Tumpati’s W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program attracts patients from near and far with offices in New York City, and Greater Philadelphia treating both Adult and Pediatric Obesity.
The best news is that Dr. Tumpati accepts health insurance for the weight loss physician visits so you can lose weight safely and effectively! You can call 1(800)W8MD-007 for more information or to make an appointment. 
Using evidence based non surgical medical weight loss techniques, medications, nutritional counseling, adjusting weight gain related medications, W8MD physicians can help any body who is overweight or obese lose weight fast and safe! Call 1(800)W8MD-007 or visit

Weight Loss Testimonials and Success Stories

I spotted a pamphlet in a doctor’s waiting room on W8MD. This peeked my interest and I read on. “Are you tired of being overweight?” I was! As I read further I discovered that not only was this a center for weight loss but also for sleep problems. My husband had told me that I was snoring very loudly at night and that it seemed I stopped breathing at times.

I called and scheduled an appointment with the doctor. Dr. Tumpati was very through in explaining to me the reason for my increased weight was due to insulin resistance. We also scheduled a sleep study and found that I stopped breathing an average of 38 times per hour due to sleep apnea!

I am now using a machine(CPAP) at night to assist with my breathing. I am experiencing more quality sleep and am not tired during the day. Dr. Tumpati explained that improper sleep can also lead to weight gain.

I began a 1000 calorie partial meal replacement program consisting of nutritional supplements as well as one meal daily – 4 oz of lean protien and a green vegetable. In 12 weeks I have lost 26 pounds and am moving more freely and feeling better every day. I have a way to go but I know what I have to do to continue to successfully loose weight.

Dr. Tumpati is very knowledgeable on weight management and proper nutrition. He is willing to spend time explaining why and how different foods effect our weight gain and loss. I appreciate understanding the effects of what I have been eating and why it is necessary to make changes to improve my health.

-Donna, 63 year old
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