Can I Cure Type 2 Diabetes by Losing Weight?
Can Type 2 Diabetes be cured by losing weight? The answer to the question is a complicated one as research on the issue is inconclusive. By losing weight you can reverse some of the harmful effects of Type 2 Diabetes, but even thin people can have Type 2 Diabetes.
Weight loss is always a positive step in fighting the onset of the disease. How much weight should you lose to make a difference? The answer is different for all of us, as the factors include your body type, weight, and progression of the disease. For some people losing five to ten percent of their body weight makes a significant difference. On the other hand, others need to lose much more weight. Ideally, you want to be a healthy weight for your height, body type, and sex.
Doctors use the Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether a person is overweight. The BMI is the measure of body fat as compared to a person’s height and weight. If you have a BMI of over 25, then you are considered overweight. This statistic is often not entirely accurate when it comes to athletes or people who carry a large amount of muscle mass since the index does not necessarily take large amounts of muscle and a correspondingly lower amount of fat into consideration when calculating the number.
There are several ways to shed the excess weight. Exercise is critical in the burning of calories and fat. If you are suffering from body aches and pains because of your Type 2 Diabetes, or because you are obese, we recommend that you start very slow. If you’ve been relatively inactive for a long time, your body will not respond well to you attempting to run a 10K.
You will want to build up to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3-4 days a week. To start, do what you can, even if that means just walking around the neighborhood for 15 minutes. Your body will build up the stamina as you increase the length of exercise and the number of days you do it.
A good diet works together with exercise to help you prevent and reverse the effects of Type 2 Diabetes. While many people turn to different eating plans to lose weight, we recommend starting off with the elimination of fast foods, sugary products, and reducing your alcohol intake.
Even the most active and healthiest eating people can have pre-diabetes or have Type 2 Diabetes. Advanced Functional Medicine can help identify the root cause of your diabetes and put you on a path where you can be diabetes-free.
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