Does diabetes cause obesity
Research has shown that obesity, hypertension, and diabetes tend to be linked, and obesity and diabetes are rising on an epidemic scale (1). Therefore, it is important to understand the effects of having these three illnesses on health and quality of life. One study looked at the relationship between having these diseases and the health-related quality of life (HRQL) for people 60 and above. The study showed that individuals who were solely obese, solely hypertensive, or solely diabetic registered a worse HRQL on all the scales more frequently than those without the three risk factors (1). In men, diabetes was the single factor to be significantly associated with the greatest reduction in HRQL on most scales, while for women, it was obesity. Women who had all three diseases showed the maximum decline in HRQL across all of the scales, and the decline is greater than can be expected from the individual scores for the three factors combined (1). This shows that for this type of health rating scale, the negative effects of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes on individuals’ health are greater than the effects of the three combined.
Each of the risk factors (obesity, hypertension, and diabetes) can also interfere with each other and effect the treatment of these diseases.