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Body Weight and Diabetes

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If you live with diabetes, are you happy with your weight? As women, I hope that more and more of us can be happy with our body image, not only in a dress size, but from a health perspective.

I work with many clients that desire weight loss. Living with diabetes makes this difficult at times.

Discuss your optimal weight with your doctor and create a plan to achieve this.

If you are a woman living with type 1 diabetes, many factors contribute to your body weight. The amount of insulin you inject can increase or decrease body weight.

Of course diet and exercise are important components. The amount of fat and carbohydrates you ingest can greatly impact your body weight and health.

Personally, I have found it makes a difference when I maintain a diet where I eat carbohydrates only at particular times of the day. It might not work for all, but at this point in my life it has helped me.

Weight gain is a potential side effect of intensive insulin therapy in type 1 diabetes. To avoid weight gain, the following tips are recommended by uptodate.com.

• Measure your weight on a regular basis (eg, once weekly). Weight gains of more than 2 to 3 pounds indicate a need to decrease what you eat or increase your activity. Do not wait until weight increases by 10 or more pounds to take action.

• As blood sugar control improves, it may be necessary to decrease your calorie intake by 250 to 300 calories to avoid weight gain.

• If blood sugar levels are frequently low at a particular time of day, talk to a health care provider about decreasing the insulin dose rather than adding a snack.

If you live with Type 2 diabetes, weight can be a concern as well. Usually dietary changes are recommended, even if you are not overweight.

Sharon Movsas, RD, a diabetes nutrition specialist at the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City was quoted in Health.com stating, “Losing just 5% to 7% of your weight is associated with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and reduced insulin resistance.”

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