Diabetes

Diabetes Weight Loss

People with pre-diabetes can prevent or delay diabetes by losing weight and increasing their physical activities.  The Diabetes Surgery Summit recommends the use and study of bariatric surgery as a specific and legitimate treatment for type 2 diabetes.  Although the primary purpose of bariatric surgery is obesity treatment, it has been shown that diabetes improves or resolves in the majority of bariatric surgery patients.

Celebrities with Diabetes

  • Nick Jonas (type 1)
  • Halle Berry
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Bret Michaels
  • Salma Hayek
  • Randy Jackson
  • Anne Rice
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Larry King

The importance of exercise and weight loss in preventing the onset of diabetes is well understood by health care professionals.  Nearly ninety percent of the people who develop type 2 diabetes are overweight – obesity and excess weight is a known risk factor.  Diabetes prevention that is focused on exercise and weight loss is also considered more effective than medications in most cases.  Even small changes can have big results.  It has been shown that patients who started an exercise program that included thirty minutes of moderate physical activity a day and reduced their body weight by five to ten percent, were able to reduce the chance of diabetes by over fifty percent.  Diabetes is a serious condition so it is good news that people who are at risk of developing diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes can often delay the onset of diabetes by making changes to their diet, increasing their level of activity, and losing weight.

Lifestyle Changes

Of course, it is not easy to lose weight, get started on a new exercise regime, or change the way you eat.  Most people find it a real challenge to make these types of lifestyle changes.  Surrounding yourself with a good support team can help you with this goal.  Your doctor is an important part of your health care management and should be involved in the monitoring of your physical well-being.  If you are able to work with a dietitian, he or she will be an invaluable support by helping you plan your meals around foods you enjoy that are healthy and help you lose weight.  Working with an exercise coach or trainer is helpful in setting up an exercise program that is realistic and one you will enjoy.  It is also important to ask your family and friends to support you and help keep you motivated with the changes you need to make.  Searching the internet is another great way to find useful information, helpful hints, healthy recipes and many other diabetes resources.  The more support you have, the easier it will be for you to commit to the changes and live a healthier life.

Physical Activity

Exercise and physical activity is a big part of preventing diabetes.  Exercise not only helps with weight loss, but it also helps to control blood glucose levels.  Exercise is any physical activity that gets you moving, it does not have to include fancy equipment or a gym membership unless you want it to.  When starting an exercise program, it is best to find at least one physical activity you enjoy because you will be more apt to continue and that will give you a better chance of success.  Some people enjoy going to a gym, some people prefer to get involved in a new sport or activity, and other people enjoy exercising on their own.  Physical activity covers a wide variety of interests – walking, dancing, yoga, swimming, martial arts, boxing, golf, hiking, lifting weights, gardening, working out in a gym, using exercise equipment, taking an aerobics class, or playing sports.  The list is endless.  Before starting a new exercise program, make sure you talk to your doctor about your physical condition.

The recommended amount of physical activity is thirty minutes a day.  If you have been inactive, it is usually best to start slowly and gradually work up to more physical activity.  You may want to start with ten minutes, when that gets easier increase the time to twenty minutes, when you can handle twenty minutes, increase to thirty minutes.  Once you start to increase your activity, your body will begin to benefit.  Exercise helps to burn calories, boosts your metabolism and increases muscle mass.  It also improves the body’s response to insulin and naturally lowers blood glucose levels.  Physical activity will not only make your body healthier and help prevent diabetes, but it will also help you feel better physically and mentally.

Weight Loss

Being overweight is a big risk.  It not only increases the chance of developing diabetes but of many other health conditions as well, including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Many people understand that excess weight is unhealthy, but have been unable to achieve any permanent and noticeable weight loss.  Losing weight can be difficult and frustrating, but it is possible.  Weight loss is often accomplished by eating fewer calories and exercising more.  For some people, they are able to lose the weight and keep it off by staying focused and committed to these lifestyle changes.  For others, diet and exercise may not be enough.  Doctors sometimes prescribe medications to help their patients lose weight.  Weight loss surgery is another option that has helped many obese people lose the excess weight.  Medications and weight loss surgery should be considered an option of last resort because they do have more risks than making lifestyle changes.  Whatever options you choose, your best chance of success will be achieved if you can set realistic weight loss goals and work out a plan to make it happen one step at a time.  Working out a nutritious diet and committing to a regular exercise program with the goal of losing about one pound per week is realistic and a big step in the right direction.

Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery has received a lot of publicity in the last few years, but it should not be thought of as a magic cure.  Many people have reached their weight loss goals this way, but weight loss surgery is only a tool to help someone lose weight.  Achieving weight loss after weight loss surgery still requires eating healthy and exercising.  Although there are risks involved with weight loss surgery, there are many health risks with being overweight as well.  If your weight puts you at risk of developing diabetes and you have been unable to lose weight thru diet and exercise, you may want to your doctor about weight loss surgery and see if you are a good candidate.

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