January 14, 2002
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Barnardsville, North Carolina, USA:
I am a 68 year old, overweight white female who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a year ago. What are the real benefits of weight loss?
Weight loss, even a modest amount of weight loss (10-15 pounds), is wonderful for people with diabetes, especially those with type 2 diabetes who are overweight. The weight loss decreases insulin resistance, so your body is able to use the insulin you are producing more effectively which, in turn, improves blood sugar control. Weight loss can also decrease elevated cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Meal planning, medication, and consistent exercise can all contribute to losing weight and improving your diabetes management. Here’s to your health.