If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, chances are good that you are overweight. Studies of new diabetes patients have indicated that 9 out of 10 have a problem with excess weight. Doctors and health care practitioners have programs in place to help these people to realize that losing their excess weight could have a big impact on how well they are able to manage the disease.
To break down the statistics a bit more, 1 out of every 5 people who are carrying excess weight have more than one metabolic problem along with their diabetes. Problems such as hypertensive and a high cholesterol level are dangerous enough all by themselves. When you bring diabetes into the mix, you could have serious health problems. Each of these three problems have the potential to be deadly if ignored.
So, what is the overweight person who has diabetes to do? Obviously, the answer to that question is to lose weight, but most diabetics would tell you that dieting is easier said than done. These people are not stupid – they know they need to lose weight. They usually start out on a diet all excited and eager for success, and do pretty well for the first few days. But soon, their old eating habits begin to creep back into their lives, and before they know it, they are back to hearing their doctor and their spouse or other family members tell them bluntly that they are "much to fat and damaging your health with all that food you are eating. " This can do damage to a person's self-esteem, and make them really not care either they lose weight or not. This writer has been there and done that, and let me tell you, it is not pleasant.
If someone you love is diabetic and needs to lose weight, please do not nag them about it! Instead, support them with every ounce of your being – it can make such a difference! Make sure that the kitchen is stocked with healthy, whole foods. Read up on a diet plan called the Weight Watchers Core Plan – not so much a diet as it is a way of life. Once the overweight diabetic patient gets into the habit of eating correctly, half the battle is won!