Diabetes and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

f you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may think it’s all downhill from here—that your future will be nothing more than a long series of medications, dietary restrictions, and potential surgeries. You may no longer want to learn about diabetes and weight loss because you think there’s no hope. We’d like to change your mind. A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t have to


define your future. There is hope if you have diabetes… and weight loss is key. In fact, I, Dr. Draper, also have Type 1 diabetes— and I live a happy, healthy life.

The Link Between Your Diabetes and Weight Type 2 diabetes can be influenced by

family history, age, race, and many other factors. But there is one thing in common among nearly all who have it—excess weight. Statistics suggest that nearly 9 in 10 people who receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. If this describes you, you may be think- ing the damage is already done and there’s no point in trying to lose the additional weight. But don’t use your diagnosis as an excuse to stop trying. We’ll give you a couple of good rea-

sons why… To start with, continuing to gain weight

or staying at an unhealthy weight will only make your diabetes worse. With excess weight, your insulin resis- tance will continue to increase. The extra weight will make it harder for you to man- age your diabetes. It will lead to extra complications, and it will also make you prone to gain more weight. But there’s an even bigger reason to get started losing weight now…

Remission Is Possible through Weight Loss Not only will weight loss help you better manage your diabetes, it may put a halt to it altogether. In fact, the weight loss doesn’t even have to be dramatic to make a huge impact.

In a recent study, British researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who lost just 10 percent of their body weight during the first five years of the disease went into total remission. That bears repeat- ing—total remission! They found that the methods of weight loss mattered less than getting the weight off and keeping it off. For example, study participants who lost the weight slowly did just as well as those who lost it quickly. And while researchers set 10 percent of body weight as the minimum needed for remission, losing more weight (if needed) and keeping it off increased the odds of success. Think about it: losing 10 percent of

your body weight is a very realistic goal. If you weigh 250 pounds, that’s only 25 pounds you need to lose. From there, if you want or need to lose

more than 10 percent, we encourage you to do so!

Diabetes and Weight Loss Strategies If you have type 2 diabetes, this news

couldn’t be better… your diabetes can be controllable! Weight loss—even an achievable amount like 10 percent—is often easier said than done. And if you’ve struggled with your weight for a long time, it can be hard to know where to start.

A nutrition expert can create a weight- loss plan just for you. Not only will it ad- dress your diabetes, but it will tackle other issues specific to your unique health his- tory and concerns. Customized supple- mentation and counseling can also be highly beneficial in helping you find a nutritional balance that will leave you feel- ing better than ever.

Submitted by Dr. Draper of Advance Well- ness, 515 College Road, Suite 11, Greens- boro. Visit or call 336-316- 0827 for an appointment. See ad on page 11.

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