Diabetes Weight Loss Management Programs are Helping Diabetes Sufferers Across the US

Diabetes is a health burden in the United States – continuously rising in prevalence, affecting millions, including children, increasing the risk of other diseases, affecting quality of life, and raising healthcare costs. It is also one of the top causes of death and disability in the country.

Because of these reasons, numerous approaches to diabetes have been tried through the years.

More recently, a new strategy to combat diabetes has started getting more attention. This strategy, called diabetes weight loss management, is a program that focuses on diabetics who need to lose weight at the same time. This approach comes from the relationship between obesity and diabetes, with either one resulting in difficulty managing the other, and both causing numerous health complications.

These diabetes weight loss management programs usually start with an assessment by a health provider, followed by prescriptions for weight loss medication and/or referrals to a dietitian or nutritionist who will tailor custom eating plans for the patients. The programs usually include tools for easy meal planning and physical activity plans, glucose and weight monitoring, and professional and peer support. Some programs are under medical institutions, while some are accessible through web applications.

These programs have been helping a lot of people to better handle the daily tasks that come with diabetes management.

Personalized Treatment

While diabetes care can be complicated because of the many factors, focused patient care can help improve how care is given and received. Focusing on patient care includes explaining treatment plans and goals, customizing the approach to different people, and helping address issues and stressors. Diabetes weight loss management is carried out after careful assessment considering the person’s medical background and diabetic and weight goals, with necessary adjustments along the way.

Utilizing New Medications

One of the newer aspects of weight management for diabetics is the use of medications that help control glucose and weight. This group of medications are called GLP-1 agonists, which stimulate the body to produce more insulin to lower blood glucose levels, slow down stomach emptying, and send satiety signals to the brain. The effect is that blood glucose is better controlled, while helping prevent overeating. The resulting stable blood glucose level and weight loss then interacts positively to promote better management of both diabetes and weight.

Reducing Health Complications

Diabetes and obesity both increase the risk of other health problems such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. With control of diabetes and with a healthy weight, these risks are significantly reduced. In fact, for every percent decrease in HbA1c, the test to determine the average blood sugar level over a period of 2-3 months, the risk of some complications can decrease by 40% and immediate control can decrease the risk of dying at age 60-70 by about 19%. Weight loss of even 5-10%, on the other hand, can significantly reduce the risk of complications.

Promoting Healthy Diet

The cornerstones of both glucose and weight control are diet and exercise. In the case of diabetes weight loss programs, these are still essential even with medications. In fact, approval for the new weight loss medications requires a diet and exercise program in order to be effective and maintain results. Because one of the effects of medication is controlled cravings, it is easier for the person to make better food choices. The diet in the programs is nutrient-rich and includes superfoods high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The diet also promotes increased protein intake to keep muscle mass during weight loss.

Encouraging Physical Activity

Weight loss programs and diabetes programs always include exercise. With diabetes weight loss programs, making exercise a habit can be easier with the use of personalized fitness recommendations, exercise ideas and reminders, and physical activity trackers. A significant weight loss due to the medications also enables one to be more active, even if you’re in your seniors years, as you’ll be able to join outdoor activities.  This further promotes physical activity, leading to more weight loss and diabetic control.