Diabetes & Weight Management
Healthy weight loss can be a challenge for anyone, but for anyone with diabetes, dieting is a balancing act because food intake, physical activity, and blood sugar determine the amount of insulin and other medication that is required to maintain a healthy level of blood sugar.
It will require a bit more planning and vigilance, but it is possible to for individuals with diabetes to lose weight in a healthy way. In fact, there are many benefits to losing weight including lowering high blood pressure and high blood glucose.
Experts recommend that anyone with diabetes take a balanced approach to weight loss rather than adopting diets that eliminate certain foods, such as low-carbohydrate diets. Eating a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, such as fish or chicken, and small amounts of nuts and olive oil can be an effective way to lose weight healthfully.
Tips for Healthy Diabetic Weight Loss
- Talk to Your Doctor
If you are considering a change in diet, consult with your doctor first. Your doctor can offer personalized advice about how to lose weight in a healthful way.
- Your Insulin and Medication Needs May Change
Keep in mind that right now, your medication is based on your current habits. As your habits change, your insulin and medication needs may change, too.
- Be Consistent about Testing Your Blood Sugar Levels
Regularly test your blood sugar levels. Check it every morning and shortly before you eat a meal. If your morning blood sugar level is below 60 or 70 consistently, call your doctor. It may be a sign that your insulin or other medications need to be adjusted.
- Watch for Signs of High and Low Blood Sugar
Be aware of the signs of low or high blood sugar. If you suspect that your blood sugar is high or low, test your sugar levels. Make sure you know how to manage both high and low sugar levels effectively, if you have questions, be sure to ask your doctor.
- It Takes Time to Establish New Habits
When you hit a plateau or a roadblock, don't give up. Keep making good food and exercise choices and eventually those choices will become a habit. People who make their new eating habits a regular part of their lifestyle are more likely to maintain their weight long term.