Did you know that being overweight or obese is common among those who have Type 2 diabetes? According to the Centers for Disease Control
, those who have a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29
are considered overweight, and those who have a BMI of 30+
are designated as obese.
Do you know what your current body mass index is? Calculate your BMI.
Having an awareness of your weight and body mass index is important, especially if you have diabetes. Not only does extra weight contribute to high blood sugar, it can cause high cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, leading to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke.
This makes weight loss a vital part of diabetes management for many people who have been diagnosed.
At Hunt Regional Medical Center, our weight loss counseling team can help you determine:
- Your current weight and BMI
- Your target weight and BMI
From there, we can aid you in managing your weight as well as your Type 2 diabetes, by helping you adopt positive lifestyle changes – namely, changes in the way you eat
Weight Management through Nutrition
Thinking about the way you are currently eating, do you:
- Know how many calories you consume each day?
- Know how many calories you should be consuming each day?
- Make it a point to eat breakfast each day?
- Know which foods you should be incorporating into your diet?
- Know which foods you should be eating in moderation?
- Try to control your portion sizes?
- Consume alcohol in moderation?
If the answer is no to any of the above, our team can help you get the diabetes nutrition guidance
you need. Registered dietitians are available to:
- Evaluate your current nutritional status
- Help you determine your nutritional needs
- Help you set nutrition goals
- Educate you on how to make healthy food choices geared toward weight loss and diabetes management
Weight Management through Exercise
In addition to eating well, being physically active is another way to support healthy weight loss and diabetes management. Work with our team to learn:
- How often you should be exercising
- Which types of exercises are effective at burning fat/calories
- Which activities are a good fit for your personal needs/limitations
Additional lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or the use of other tobacco products, and managing stress can also aid in weight management.
To learn more about weight loss counseling at Hunt Regional or our other diabetes self-management services, give us a call at 903-408-5130