Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes
By Ali Struhs
October 30, 2014
Over 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes, and the Center for Disease Control estimates that 40% of all adults in the United States will develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime. Those are startling statistics for a disease that can cause serious health issues, like heart disease, kidney failure, and even blindness. If you have type 2 diabetes, you know just how hard it is to also keep your weight under control. A study suggests that almost 90% of people who struggle with type 2 diabetes are overweight, since many diabetes medications can actually cause weight gain and fluctuations in blood sugar can often result in feeling hungry.
Controlling your weight
Obesity causes insulin resistance, which causes diabetes. Because glucose isn’t being processed properly by your body, either by producing too much insulin or by not using the insulin correctly, type 2 diabetes is closely associated with obesity. The great news is, that with just a 5-10% decrease in weight, you can help manage your blood sugar. Weight loss can naturally help improve blood glucose levels.
Find meal plans for weight loss
To lose weight with type 2 diabetes, start with changes in your lifestyle. In the midst of a busy lifestyle, the tasks of managing your weight and diabetes can be overwhelming. One way to simplify your efforts is to utilize the support and convenience of the Jenny Craig for Type 2 Diabetes program. This program is specifically-tailored to members with type 2 diabetes. Featuring a dietician-designed menu to help manage glucose levels while losing weight, the program also includes support from a one-on-one consultant. Consultants can help you plan meals, increase your physical activity, provide behavioral strategies for getting more active, support your motivation and help you track your progress.
In a 2014 independent clinical trial, participants following the lower-carbohydrate Jenny Craig menu over a 12-month period had a weight loss of 9% compared to 2.5% for usual care, and maintained a lower hemoglobin A1c of 6.6% compared to 7.2% for usual care.*
Build an active lifestyle
Instead of taking the elevator, choose the stairs. Ride your bike around the park, or you can also wear a pedometer to track how many steps you take each day and slowly increase your activity level. Be sure to consult a doctor and monitor your blood sugar levels closely as you exercise.
Balance your blood glucose and your lifestyle
Stress plays an important role in weight loss and blood glucose balance. Stress management and care are important in your care plan. Thinking positive and being good to yourself are two strategies recommended by the National Association of Diabetes Educators. Taking time out of your day to think positive thoughts and pamper yourself will help you cope with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
*Diabetes Care DOI:10.2337?dc13-2900