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7 Weight-loss tips for diabetic women.
Here are 7 tips for diabetic women on how to lose weight and keep it off, thereby reducing other potential major health risks.
When living with diabetes, being overweight or obese may increase your risk of developing other major health problems.
This is the reason controlling your weight is very important for your overall health. Eating healthily and exercising can lead to a healthy weight and reduce any risk of developing other major health problems such as heart disease, strokes and depression. You will also have more energy to spend with your loved ones and you will be able to better manage your diabetes. Here are a few tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.
First, find out how overweight you are before you start your weight-loss plan. This will give you an idea of how much weight you need to lose.
Whether it’s a 30-min brisk walk, a spinning class or running around your neighbourhood, an increase in physical activity can help you get rid of your excess weight and keep it off.
Cut out your calorie intake
The number of calories people living with diabetes need to consume will depend on factors such as age, current weight, gender and body type, to name a few. Speak to your doctor who can help you calculate the correct amount of calories you need to consume to achieve your weight loss while controlling your glucose levels.
Having breakfast is vital because it can decrease your chances of overeating later on in the day. Overeating can harm your weight-loss plans and cause you to lose control over your blood sugar levels. So never skip your breakfast.
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Eat small meals and drink water
Having large meals can dramatically cause your blood sugar levels to rise. Eating smaller meals will help you control your glucose level and keep your calorie intake and hunger at bay.
Keep track of your blood sugar levels
As you start losing the excess weight you should ensure that you keep better track of your blood sugar levels. This is because as your diet changes, meal intake changes and a possible increase in your stress levels can cause a shift in your glucose levels. This is a bigger concern if you are on blood glucose-lowering medication because you need to check that your blood glucose levels have not changed.
Get the support you need
Get a gym buddy or speak to a friend – whatever help you need to stay on track to losing weight, get it.
By losing weight, you can become less resistant to insulin and be able to use insulin better, if you are a type 2 diabetic. Sticking to your diet plan and remaining active can help you control your blood sugar levels, lose the excess weight and eventually maintain it. Before you start your diet plan, make sure you speak to your healthcare provider and ask as many questions as possible. Continue to eat healthily and remain active even after you have reached your weight-loss goal. This is a lifestyle change and should, therefore, last you a lifetime.
We all have questions.
Below are some of the answers to the most common questions that you need to know.
Which is worse – Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes?
“Worse” is a harsh comparison. The difference between these two types of Diabetes is that Type 1 requires insulin, and it never goes away. Type 2 requires consistent effort and can be managed over your lifetime.
What is the normal HbA1C level?
It is generally accepted that you should maintain HbA1C below 8%. The following guidelines are suggested by the South African Diabetes Association:
- 4 – 6% Non-diabetic range.
- < 7% Well-controlled diabetic 7% – 8% Acceptable diabetic control > 8%
- Poor diabetic control needs attention.
What is the main cause of Diabetes?
Diabetes (Type 1) is usually a predisposed or genetically inherited condition. Diabetes (Type 2) is caused by lifestyle choices. Gestational Diabetes can be caused by either genetics or lifestyle choices.
What are the first signs of diabetes?
- Excessive thirst over a prolonged period.
- Increased frequency in the need to urinate.
- Significant weight loss or gain.
- You find yourself fatigued, tired, and irritable, on a regular basis.
- Open or ruptured wounds take a long time to heal.
- Blurred vision.
- Tingling sensations in your hands and feet.
Can you get life insurance if you have Diabetes?
Yes. AllLife can help you get up to R10million life insurance, as either a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic.
Can I test myself for Diabetes?
Although you can easily test your own blood glucose levels at any time, only your doctor, nurse, or clinic team can confirm a Diabetes diagnosis. This is because a series of specific tests are required for diagnosis.
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