If you are a diabetic and are overweight or considered clinically obese, you can improve your overall health and the management of your diabetes by losing weight. It may seem like an overwhelming goal if you have tried in the past to lose weight and have failed, but there are steps you can take and support you can utilize to help you reach your goals.
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Unfortunately some medication taken to control sugar levels is often detrimental to weight loss. Metformin (see below) is an example of a diabetic treatment that is used at the initial on set of type 2 diabetes and other conditions and that may reduce weight in obese patients.
I know you all may of heard this before, but I've had a dramatic decrease in my blood sugar levels over the past months and I've learned that what I thought was good for me just wasn't.
The first step to losing weight is to set a short-term goal for you. You can do this on your own but can also get help from your doctor or a dietitian. A good goal when starting to lose weight is to take a small percentage of your overall weight and aim to lose that much in your time frame. For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds aim to lose weight 5% of your body weight to begin (10 pounds). When you lose weight as a diabetic you are helping your body by lessening your insulin requirements. Weight loss will also assist you in keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
The obvious method to lose weight is physical activity and exercise. Getting your body moving will increase your metabolism and that act will assist in losing weight too. Now because I don't have anyone to motivate me I have taken on a program and use the Nintendo Wii not only will you have increased motivation, have a record of your routine and results but your increased metabolism will aid in weight loss, it will also help in controlling blood glucose levels. Your body will be processing food more efficiently.
Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand with weight loss. It also takes patience and time but as you begin the road to weight loss the benefits you will derive as a diabetic will begin right away. And as you reach your goal weight you will gain better control of your blood sugars.
I am achieving this and it is hard but if you are having difficulty losing weight on your own, speak to your doctor and diabetic dietitian about other options that are available to you.
For more information on Metformin http://www.prescriptiondrug-info.com/drug_details.asp?title=Metformin&page=1001230&ad=true
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