Losing weight and keeping it off presents a difficult challenge for many people. But weight management and exercise play a particularly important role in the health of people with diabetes. Exercise benefits blood glucose levels by helping to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes and improves glycemic control. If you already have type 2 diabetes, regular exercise can help you improve your body's ability to use insulin and lose weight and keep it off. If you are overweight, losing weight can also help you control your diabetes*. In fact, some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their blood glucose levels with diet alone once they lose weight.
Research has proven that the best way to maintain weight loss is through continued exercise and physical activity. Losing weight improves your risk factors for cardiovascular disease by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol. Even a moderate 5- 10% loss of body weight can help. To design healthy eating strategies and get help with meal planning, talk with a dietitian. You will find more helpful information in the Diet & Nutrition section of our website.
(*Pregnant women should discuss their optimal weight with their diabetes healthcare provider.)
Reviewed by Sharon Howard, R.D., M.S., C.D.E, F.A.D.A - 08/11