Managing Weight With Diabetes

Posted on June 18, 2013


Being overweight increases your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If you are a diabetic and are overweight you are dealing with two health issues.

Once diagnosed with diabetes, maintaining good health will require both weight control and disease management. This will require self-care. Because you area diabetic you will require special care to control your blood sugar.

After seeing a diabetes specialist you will need to self-care at home to control your blood sugar and weight. Self-care will help you maintain good health.

A healthy weight will help you manage diabetes. A healthy weight will improve your blood glucose and prevent complications from diabetes.

Any weight loss plans would be integrated with blood glucose management.

Diet and physical activity are important in maintaining a healthy weight, but you will also need to keep your blood glucose within a target range.

Remember your weight loss and lifestyle changes can affect blood glucose. Monitoring your blood sugar at home will allow you to keep track of its’s progress.

There are many self monitoring glucose devices for home use that are simple to use, get one so you can monitor your blood glucose. keep records of their value

Set a goal to lose the excess weight by making changes to your diet and improving physical activity.

Know your body mass index, this can be calculated online and is available free. Your body mass index (BMI) will be 25 and over if you are overweight and 30 and over if you are obese. Once you are diagnosed with diabetes work on losing 5-10 % of your body weight.  You can calculate it online and from home.

Calculate it here.

If you are on medication for diabetes, tell your doctor about your plans to lose weight and ask for support and recommendations.  Most medical professionals do not include weight control in their care so you will have to  manage your weight at home with self-care.

Weight management programs will help.  Here is a weight management program that is easy to use and free, it will enable a diabetic to self-care with or without medical supervision for diabetes.