9 out of 10 people who are newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes are obese or overweight; making addressing Diabetes and weight loss-a crucial step to take.
An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages—or 9.4% of the U.S. population—had diabetes in 2015.
- This total includes 30.2 million adults aged 18 years or older (12.2% of all U.S. adults), of which 7.2 million (23.8%) were not aware of or did not report having diabetes
- The percentage of adults with diabetes increased with age, reaching a high of 25.2% among those aged 65 years or older.
The American Diabetes Association estimates that 80% of the 15 million individuals who suffer from Type 2 diabetes are significantly overweight and that the obesity contributes greatly to the development of the disease.
Whew! Enough of that.
It’s no secret that slow, intentional weight loss will lower the risk of health problems, including Diabetes. Weight loss also reduces the need for insulin, improves heart health and improves your cholesterol and triglyceride numbers.
➡ Healthy weight loss can reduce your risks of developing strokes, heart attacks, retinal damage and kidney failure.
It’s worth considering…
However, losing weight and keeping it off is as much of a challenge for diabetics as for those who aren’t. If it weren’t, then the thousands of weight loss programs that are currently making billions of dollars every year would be out of business.
The weight loss industry is a multibillion-dollar industry precisely because so many people find it difficult to get rid of their excess weight. As a diabetic, however, it is vitally important for you to ask for help from professionals to help you get the job done and lower your need for insulin and medications.
When we’re talking about diabetes and weight loss, we’re really just talking about a simple mathematical equation of how many calories are eaten versus how many are spent.
In other words, if you burn off 1500 calories per day but eat 2000 calories per day you’ll gain weight. If you burn more than you take in, you’ll lose weight.
- Each pound of body weight is equal to 3500 calories.
If you cut your food intake by just 500 calories per day, you’ll lose one pound of body weight per week. And this is a realistic goal.
If you try to rush the process, it will backfire, promise. When someone decides that they want to lose 10 pounds this week, they’d have to eat 35,000 calories less that week! This is not possible.
You’d literally have to increase your metabolism using some external chemical response, like a dangerous diet pill or like chemotherapy or cancer, and you’d have to stop eating altogether.
The goal of any healthy weight loss program is to achieve a gradual loss that can be maintained.
- A healthy body and mind can and will result in being able to stop taking the multiple medications often needed by diabetics to control Type 2 Diabetes.
Exercise is a diabetic’s best friend. That may seem like a “harsh reality” to some, but know this: When we talk about Diabetes And Weight Loss-A Crucial Step:
No matter how well you choose healthy foods, no matter how compliant you are with taking your insulin and other medications, and no matter all your good intentions, if you do not exercise regularly (and I don’t mean pump iron or run a marathon) you will not win this battle. Type 2 Diabetes cannot be controlled with good intentions.
“YaGottaWannaDoIt” and do it for the right reasons, with the right tools.
When it comes to diabetes and weight loss, The American Diabetes Association is the expert authority. They recommend that all diabetics engage in exercise for two reasons:
- Exercise reduces the body’s need for insulin while still controlling blood sugar levels.
- Excercise increases your metabolism, which enables you to lose weight easier and faster.
- Cardiovascular disease
- Nerve damage (called Neuropathy)
- Kidney damage (Nephropathy)
- End Stage Kidney (Renal)Failure
- Eye damage (Retinopathy)
- Foot Damage (danger of requiring amputation)
- Skin conditions (bacterial and fungal infections)
- Hearing Impairment (more common in diabetics)
- Alzheimer’s Disease (Ongoing research suggests that the poorer your blood sugar control, the greater the risk appears to be).
Overweight Type 2 diabetics find that their overall health improves with weight loss and the management of their disease improves as well.
Unfortunately, researchers have also found that those who lose weight, put it back on, take it off again and continue to go through a roller coaster ride of weight loss and weight gain, actually do more harm to their overall long-term health than those who just remain several pounds overweight.
So DO IT, and commit to your health, to yourself and to those that are important in your life.
➡ Make the decision when you wake up each day, and remind yourself throughout the day.
➡ Walk, use the stairs instead of the elevator, start a safe weight loss exercise program with a trained instructor. Do the work.
Before giving up and deciding not to attempt weight loss it’s important to recognize the significant health benefits that you achieve even if you only lose 5-10 pounds.
Maintain that weight loss and work to improve your chance of a long, healthy life.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING:
American Diabetes Association: Food and Fitness Weight Loss
American Diabetes Association: Food and Fitness Physical Activity