Diabetes and Weight Loss: True or False

June 24, 2009

Losing weight can help control diabetes

If you're diabetic, losing even a little bit of extra body weight can be good for you. But first, talk to your doctor and develop a plan.

Losing weight won't affect your diabetes

The answer is: FALSE. If you are diabetic, losing even a little bit of extra body weight can be good for you. Losing only 10-15 pounds can help lower the sugar in your blood, lower your blood pressure, improve your blood fat, and help you move around easier to help you feel better. Maybe you have tried to lose weight in the past but have not been able to. This can happen for different reasons. Maybe you tried to lose too much weight at one time? Or too quickly? Or maybe your weight loss plan was not the right one for you?

Before you start, it is important to set goals and develop a plan for losing weight. Talk to your doctor first, so that together you can develop a plan that is right for you. Below are some tips to help you get started.

Choose the best time to start

A time when your life is not so stressful may be the best time to start a program to lose weight. Sometimes stress and certain situations cause us to over eat or eat unhealthy foods.

Take a few days and keep a record of your meals

This will help you develop a plan that is right for you. If you enjoy having several snacks, fruits or nuts would be a good choice instead of potato chips or candy bars. If you usually have large meals, perhaps smaller, more frequent meals would help. If you drink soda or juice several times a day, perhaps limiting yourself to one or two cups a day will help.

Be ready to make a change for good

Healthy eating is a good habit to keep for you and your family.

Become more active

Exercise is an important part of being healthy. Many people only need to exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week to improve their health and exercise can be included in day to day activities.

Get help

You don't have to do this alone. Your friends, family, and doctor can support you as you work on getting healthier. Humana Family nurses can also help you. Humana has a program to help you manage your diabetes. This program is available at no additional cost and a nurse may call you and work with you on managing your diabetes. Ask your doctor to help you sign up today.

To find out more about diabetes and Humana programs to help you manage it, log in to MyHumana

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