Ask the Diabetes Educator Archive

Q:
I was diagnosed with type II diabetes last year at age 53. Currently I am taking medication twice daily and have my blood sugar well under control. At the time of my diagnosis I weighed 205 pounds. Through watching my diet and moderate exercise, I have lost 20 pounds. My doctor believes I am insulin resistant. My question is, would I continue to have good blood sugar control if I were to loose an additional 20 pounds? That is, would I be less insulin resistant at a lighter weight?

A:
Probably you would. It's not about the number per se, but about the amount of lean vs. fat tissue. With a continued decrease in weight, this would be indicative for you that you are monitoring a better lifestyle, assuming exercise is included here. Focus on eating fresh, whole foods and stay as active as possible. Getting individual nutritional guidance here would be helpful for you.



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