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Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Diabetes with DietThere are two primary forms of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is by far the more common, with millions of Americans already diagnosed with the disease. Millions more are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes – a condition known as pre diabetes. There is a silver lining to this alarming statistic, however: for many of these millions, type 2 diabetes is reversible through diet and exercise alone.

Many people don’t fully understand the risk factors for type 2 diabetes or the benefits of a diabetic diet for weight loss. In fact, the link between diabetes and weight loss is strong: people at a healthy weight are less likely to develop the disease, while diabetics who shed even a moderate number of pounds are more likely to reverse their condition with no need for insulin. Physician-assisted weight loss programs, such as those available through The Center for Medical Weight Loss, can be a great help to diabetics and those who have been diagnosed with pre diabetes … as well as anyone else wanting to lose weight and benefit from a healthy lifestyle.

What is type 2 diabetes?

People with type 2 diabetes either produce too little insulin, or their bodies do not process the insulin adequately. Insulin is an essential hormone that breaks down food sugars and starches to extract glucose, which the body then uses for energy. Insulin also transports that energy from the blood into cells. However, type 2 diabetics cannot properly complete this final step, so glucose builds up in the bloodstream, leading to complications. Generally speaking, the disease is more common in African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as in the senior population.

What are common type 2 diabetes symptoms?

Type 2 diabetes is very serious because of its associated complications. High blood-glucose levels can damage the nerves, eventually causing kidney failure, eye problems, and other nerve damage. Furthermore, nerve damage can make it difficult to feel pain in the feet, so severe infection may not be identified until too late; the risk of amputation is therefore higher in diabetics. Other long-term complications associated with type 2 diabetes include joint and bone disorders, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, skin problems, digestive disorders, and teeth and gum disease.

Type 2 diabetes treatment

The good news is that many diabetics are able to control their condition with diet modifications alone. Specialized diet plans for diabetics rely on proven scientific research linking diabetes and weight loss: since overweight and obese patients are more likely to develop the condition, being at a healthy weight can actually help in preventing or reversing diabetes. Of course, a nutritious diet and active lifestyle have many other benefits, and can help mitigate some of the damage caused by diabetes, for example by promoting heart health.

One of the easiest ways to adopt a diabetic diet plan is with a physician-guided program. The weight loss professionals at the Center for Medical Weight Loss are doctors first, so they understand the ups and downs—as well as the challenges and setbacks—of living with type 2 diabetes. They will help evaluate your unique medical status, and together you will create a personalized diabetes diet and lifestyle program to achieve your weight loss and diabetes management goals.

Imagine never having to endure another insulin test, and never having to take daily medications again. Read testimonials of successful weight loss, and then get started today by calling the Center for Medical Weight Loss nearest you. Ask about newcomer specials, as introductory offers are available at select locations.