What to do if you have diabetes and need to lose weight

Many people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from obesity or being overweight.

Having a healthy body weight is an important part of their diabetes management.

But research has shown that some diabetes medications may make it harder to lose weight.

Patients need to ask their doctors if their drugs are adding to their weight-loss challenges.

A recent paper from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) suggests that diabetes medications are vital in helping manage blood sugar.

People should ask their doctors about alternative medications and treatment strategies.

The article offers several tips for patients to better manage their diabetes and lose weight.

Physical activity is free medicine. Exercise is one of the best ways for muscles to get glucose, which may mean people could need less diabetes medication.

Calories in, calories out. People should avoid overeating while spending at least 150 minutes a week being active. The more active time the better.

Activity may be easier than exercise. People can be creative and do something they enjoy to increase physical activity.

For example, they can dance around the house or at a club, walk the dog, or take a stroll after dinner.

Sneak in activity wherever you can. Even small amounts of physical activity could bring big health benefits.

For instance, people can walk around the grocery store before loading up their carts and park in the farthest spot when running errands.

Eat a high-fiber diet. Research has shown that high-fiber foods may lower blood sugar while helping to lose weight.

Moreover, these foods may decrease the amount of medication people need.

People should eat more fruits and vegetables to get the fiber they need. Aim for five servings a day.

In addition, people can eat more whole grains, which have lots of fiber, keeping gut healthy and helping with weight loss.

Using a smartphone app for help. Food and/or activity tracking app may help keep people motivated.

Consider weight loss surgery. Some weight loss surgeries have been proved to be effective to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.

Find social support. A strong support system can help people reduce stress and keep controlling their diabetes. It also can help people stick to their weight loss goals.

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