Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Loss

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 04/19/2013
Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Loss

Every diabetes losing weight can help get off insulin and other medications. Learn how diabetes safely loses their weight.

Weight loss and diabetes management

Weight loss helps overweight or obese diabetics to manage your blood-glucose levels better and additionally help to reduce your need for diabetes medication.

You should consult with your doctor for a weight-loss plan with diet and exercise combination; he/she may change your medication or dosage to suit your requirement. Obesity or overweight is determining by your body’s BMI (body mass index). BMI of 25 or more is considering as overweight, and 30 or more is considering as obese.

Various studies confirm that if someone with diabetes loses 5% to 10% of their weight, they will significantly reduce their blood glucose level.

Even losing 10 or 15 pounds (4.5kg to 6.8kg) has numerous health benefits:

  • A lower blood glucose level
  • Normalizes blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol levels

Make your hips, knees, ankles, and feet more flexible and stress-free. Additionally, you will feel more energetic, easy to get around, and convenient breathing.

Weight loss to stop diabetes

National Institutes of Health study found that a weight loss by a combination of diet and exercise limits the risk of developing diabetes by up to 58%.

The study involved overweight individuals with an average body mass index of 34. Also, they have slightly high blood sugar levels, which is not high enough to diagnose as diabetes.

Diabetes weight-loss plan

Here are the eight points for diabetes to lose weight:

  • Limit and maintain an optimal level of carbohydrate intake. Calculate your carbohydrate requirement based on your body weight, height, gender, and age.
  • Limit your fat intake to a safer range.
  • Eat foods rich in fibers, which help your digestive system, and you feel fullness.
  • Take healthy diets rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, spices, etc.
  • Be physically active and or do exercise regularly, just 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day for most of the days in a week.
  • Get enough sleep; because numerous studies show sleeplessness make you obese.
  • Drink plenty of water, which helps to wash your system and help safely lose weight.
  • Finally, do not try to lose weight suddenly; it is not safe and suitable for your health. Try to lose weight in steps for more reliable weight loss.

Before you start a weight-loss plan, you should consult with a doctor about your health needs and the best suitable options for safer weight loss. Additionally, regular blood-glucose monitoring is essential because you may need medication or dosage change once you start losing weight.