Diabetes and Weight Loss: True or False

Losing weight can help control diabetes

If you're diabetic, losing even a little bit of extra body weight may 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. Losing weight may 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 may cause us to overeat 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 may 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. Talk with your doctor about the best ways for you to eat healthy.

Be ready to make a change for good

Healthy eating may be a good habit to keep for you and your loved ones throughout the year.

Become more active

Exercise is an important part of being healthy. Talk with your doctor about how often you should exercise and the type of exercise that’s best for you.

Get help

You don't have to do this alone. Your friends, family, and doctor may support you. Start with your doctor first.

Resources

American Diabetes Association

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