Treating Diabetes with Weight Control
As more and more Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, more information is available on the best ways for treating diabetes so that the disease does not lead to more serious health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, weight control is one of the top ways to manage diabetes -- controlling your weight may involve changing eating habits and maintaining a healthy diet.
It's well-known that diabetes and weight go hand in hand. Obesity puts a person at higher risk for this disease as well as complications related to heart disease. It is, however, entirely possible to take care of your body and control diabetes symptoms by learning what to eat, how much to eat and when the best time to eat is every day.
The CDC also emphasizes that weight control is about making lifestyle changes, including both dietary changes and increased physical activity. This is important for people who want to either lose weight or prevent weight gain even if you are already overweight. A healthy eating plan for controlling both diabetes and weight includes consuming a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy products and choosing lean meats, poultry, fish, nuts and eggs as source of protein. A diet low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt, cholesterol and added sugars is also important for treating diabetes, as is staying within your daily calorie allotment.
No one wants to hear a diagnosis of diabetes, but there are ways to manage the disease and make living with it easier by making healthy food choices, remaining physically active and paying special consideration to weight control.