Sunday, September 12, 2010

Losing Weight May Improve Blood Glucose Control in Diabetics

If you have diabetes, losing weight is one of the most important things that you can do to control your blood sugar and improve your health. In fact, studies show that losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight could help to improve your body’s response to insulin and promote better blood glucose control.

How You Can Benefit From Weight Loss
Studies show that losing weight can lead to improvements in blood glucose control, lower blood pressure and improve blood lipid levels. These changes can help to reduce death from heart disease. Additionally, studies show that many patients who lose at least 15% of their body weight are able to discontinue oral diabetes medications due to increased insulin sensitivity.

How to Achieve Weight Loss
You can lose weight by eating fewer calories and increasing your level of physical activity to burn more calories. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that American adults get at least 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity most days of the week.