Living with Diabetes

Reducing Your Weight

Becoming obese or overweight is a major cause of insulin resistence and can cause Type 2 Diabetes. Excess abdominal weight makes the body insensitive to insulin. When you are overweight, your body needs more insulin and the effectiveness of the insulin in your body decreases.
Being overweight is a major risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. The good news is that even modest weight loss can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes from developing. It can also help control or even stop progression of Type 2 Diabetes in people with the condition and reduce risk factors for heart disease. Patients should lose weight if their body mass index (BMI) is 25 - 29.9 (overweight) or higher (obese).
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with Diabetes aim for a small but consistent weight loss of 5-7% of total body weight. However, an exercise program during weight loss is essential to ensure that the weight lost is fat and not lean body tissue or water weight, which often occurs from dieting alone.
If you are already overweight and willing to slim down, avoid overeating and focus on eating healthy whole foods. In order to manage your blood-sugar levels appropriately, follow your healthcare team recommendations for an appropriate meal plan.