Weightloss and Diabetes Type 2
Weightloss and diabetes should go together for most type 2 diabetics. You know you should be losing weight, eating less sugar and exercising. But why is it so hard?
Type 2 diabetes tends to surface after 40 years old, but not always. Even pre-teens are now being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes! (For more information on symptoms and treatment see this Wikipedia article on type 2 diabetes.)
And that is why diabetes weight loss is so difficult these days; our culture of, "more, bigger, better" which unfortunately includes food serviing size.
Weightloss and Diabetes -- Why?
You've heard it from your doctor, read it in books and magazines, but here it is again. If you are a type 2 diabetic, you need to be on a weight management system.
Yes, you really do need to stay away from sugar and high-glycemic foods. You do need to eat small meals often to prevent your blood sugar from spiking or dipping too low.
Yes, exercise can help your body process the insulin that's available, instead of locking it out of the cells.
And if your physician has you on medication, it's important that you take it as directed.
Fortunately, type 2 diabetes is generally easier to control than type 1. And if you eat sensibly, you may not need medication.
So that's the "why" of diabetes and weightloss-- let's look at the "how".
Diabetes Weight Loss -- How?
One of the most important steps in your diabetes weight loss plan is getting the sugar out. And it's not as easy as you may think! Sugar is everywhere these days, in all kinds of forms. Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, honey, sucrose -- the list goes on and on.
And here's a test for you. Pick some items from your refrigerator or cabinets and check for sugar. Don't bother with the obvious items, but instead look at items like: canned vegetables, ketchup, sliced/grilled chicken, fruit juices, whole-wheat bread, etc.. Chances are, if it's a processed food, sugar has been added.
Should you do away with all sugar? That's not practical or even desirable for weightloss and diabetes. What you want to do is be informed as to how much extra sugar you are taking into your body. Then choose your sugar wisely.
A Low Glycemic Diet for Losing Weight
In the last few years, the idea of eating a low-glycemic diet has gained momentum among diabetics and non-diabetics alike. In a nutshell, it limits the foods with sugar that's rapidly metabolized by the body.
By choosing foods that release their sugar into your body more slowly, your blood sugar doesn't do rollercoasters between too much and too little. This is a big help, when it comes to weightloss and diabetes.
When your body has a steady stream of slowly-digested sugar, your body uses the insulin it creates more effectively. The foods most commonly seen on low glycemic diets include fresh vegetables, some fruits, protein and dairy. Along with those, you also get some starch and fats (in healthy quantities).
One of the nice side-effects of a low glycemic diet is that you generally don't get very hungry, as you are eating small meals, often. This alone can help you lose weight.
Check With Your Physician
Naturally, if you are under a physician's care for your type 2 diabetes, you need to check with him or her regarding weight loss. Undoubtedly you'll get the green light, but your blood sugar will need to be closely monitored. And if you are on medication, it will also need to be monitored and your dosage adjusted as you shed the pounds.
Weightloss and diabetes doesn't have to be hard. There are all kinds of natural options to control your blood sugar and lose the weight.
Diabetes Weight Management -- the Diabetic Diet
If you're serious about diabetes weight management, you may want to check out what's known as the diabetic diet.
You'll find that it's basically a low-glycemic diet that is high in fiber.
What the diabetic diet isn't is high in proteins and fats. (In other words, it's not an Atkins-type diet.)
It was originally developed in the days before insulin was available.
For more fascinating information about diabetes weight management and the diabetes diet, check out the article on Wikipedia.
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