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  Weight Loss Advice for Diabetics

Diabetes and Obesity are Linked

  • If you are obese, then you at risk to suffer from Type 2 diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes develops when your body can no longer use insulin effectively, or when the pancreas cannot make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal.
  • The body gets its energy from a type of sugar called glucose.  Insulin is produced in the pancreas and is required to help your body use glucose.

The body mass index (BMI) has become the medical standard used to measure overweight and obesity. Overweight is defined as a BMI greater than/equal to 25; obesity is defined as a BMI greater than/equal to 30.

Calculate your BMI at BMI CALCULATOR .

Weight Loss Tips for Diabetics :
If you lose weight and increase activity, you can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. For diabetics, losing weight can help them keep their diabetes under better control.

For some Type II diabetics losing weight helps them to get their blood glucose levels down closer to normal range. 

  • Begin a weight-loss program with the help of your health care provider.
  • Find a dietitian who can help you find a diet you can use every day.
  • Do not try to do everything at once. 
  • Take one-step at a time and make changes you can stick with.

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Physical Activity
Exercise and other forms of physical activity can help you lose weight by burning calories and building muscle. 
The benefits of physically activity:

  • You will burn extra calories and naturally increase your glucose uptake by increasing your metabolism and muscle mass
  • Improve the body's response to insulin
  • Help reduce or even eliminate your need for diabetes medication by lowering blood glucose levels if you have type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke,  the leading causes of death for people with diabetes

Choosing the Right Exercise Routine

  • Consult your doctor about which activities will be safe for you.
  • Choose those activities which you can do easily and plan your exercise routine.
  • Learn your blood glucose response to exercise. Checking your blood glucose before and after exercise can show you the benefits of activity.
  • You should know when to exercise and when to avoid exercise. For example, do not exercise if blood glucose is above 250 and there are ketones in your urine.
  • Remember to have water and snacks handy during activity.  Drink plenty of water before, during, and after activity.  If you are at risk for low blood glucose, always carry a source of carbohydrate to so you will be ready to treat low blood glucose.
  • Wear appropriate shoes and socks.
  • Having an exercise partner so that the exercise routine does not become monotonous.
  • Keep track of your progress.

Once you have taken care of these precautions, you can enjoy the many benefits of exercise.

Eat Healthy

  • Find a dietitian who can help you find a diet you can use every day and stick with it.
  • Buy only those food items that will help you reach your weight loss goals. 
  • Store the correct snacks around the house - It's easier to eat the right snacks when they are readily available to you. 
  • Try to avoid snacks that are high in sugar and fat (if you are on a low-fat diet).  Cut down on your fat intake.
  • Stop over-eating because of emotional problems and seek professional help to address your emotional problems.
  • Carry your good habits over to every aspect of your life.  Eat well at home, at work, on vacation and every place else you are. If you're going on a car trip carry snacks with you that fit into your meal plan.  Take snacks that fit into your meal plan to work.  Keep them in your desk drawer so when you crave something to eat it will be handy
  • Start a food journal - write down everything you eat including single pieces of candy, sticks of chewing gum, "tastes" of food while you're cooking, and anything else you eat.
  • Let people know that you are trying to lose weight.  This will make it easier for you to turn down food you should not eat when you are with others.  If people know you are trying to lose weight, they might even offer food that FITS your meal plan.  

Find support
Support is the key to staying motivated. Seek the support of your family members, friends, or Weight loss support groups.It may be good to find support groups that have diabetic members so you'll have someone to talk to about your diabetes related weight loss needs and concerns.If you want to join a commercial weight loss service, join only that one which has a specific weight reduction plan for people with diabetes.You can start losing weight if you eating good meals, exercise, get a good amount of rest and stay motivated to lose weight.  So get moving and start losing the extra weight..you can do it!

 
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