Facing diabetes can be a challenge. It often means high medical costs, spendy insurance, and an increased risk of strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and blindness.
What if there was a way to manage diabetes?
According to the CDC, losing weight and following a healthy nutrition and lifestyle plan is one of the best ways to manage diabetes.
So, how can you safely lose weight when you have diabetes, what kind of healthy habits will make the most impact, and where should you start? We’re here to answer those questions and give you the advice you need when it comes to diabetes and weight loss.
Lose weight to help manage your Type 2 diabetes and lower your A1C
Type 2 diabetes is caused by excess fat in your liver and pancreas. Weight loss tends to have a beneficial impact in lowering your blood sugar levels. As you lower your weight, other risks of diabetes such as cardiovascular issues, mobility, and sexual function also improve.
If you are obese, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by eating a low-fat, low-sugar diet and exercising regularly.
And if you can lose a small amount of weight, it can significantly impact your diabetes complications. Even losing just 5% of your body weight helps lower blood sugar levels.
Managing diabetes begins and ends with you
When it comes to managing your diabetes, there are some simple steps you can take. You got this!
- Exercise: Your workout routine does not need to be extravagant or intense. Especially if you are not used to heavy exercise, walking is a great place to start. Walk at a pace that you feel is comfortable for 20-30 minutes and build on the momentum from there.
- Nutrition: You can fine-tune your nutrition by cutting out some of the carbs and mixing in more lean meat into your daily diet. Profile has some really great lower-carb swaps that might surprise you by how delicious they are. Pizza crust, chips, pancakes, and even cheesecake are on the menu with Profile.
- Support: Most things in life are easier with a little help from your friends. Losing weight and getting healthy is no exception. If you’ve never leveraged a personal trainer or health coach, it might be time to consider it. A health coach serves as a guide through your journey to wellness. But even more than that, a Profile coach becomes your biggest cheerleader and accountability partner who can create a meal plan tailored exactly to your needs and tastes.
Profile is a healthy approach to weight loss
With the support of your one-on-one health coach and delicious food options, you’ll find yourself starting to make healthy choices naturally. You will put yourself in a mindset that has lasting results.
And the results truly go beyond weight loss. Getting off medication, feeling good, and fitting into clothing better are the REAL results of taking your health into your own hands and joining Profile.
Here are thoughts from Profile members with diabetes who have had lasting success:
“I’m down 61 pounds, off all of my medications, and bought clothes in sizes I haven’t worn since high school. Most importantly, I’ve learned that I can have a healthy relationship with food.” –Alex Verburg lost 61 pounds
“I was a Type II diabetic. I had an insulin pump with incredible amounts of insulin each day. I felt inhibited. I said, ‘This is enough.’ After 11 months of Profile, I hit my goal” –Dennis Adams lost 127 pounds
“I am no longer obese. I have great blood pressure, and I’m being more active and enjoying my life. It’s amazing how I feel. I felt I had a huge target on my back for both sleep apnea and diabetes, and I didn’t want to be one of those people.” –Jennie Hoefer lost 101 pounds
Stop letting life happen to you. Take the first step towards grabbing control of your life by scheduling a free consultation with a Profile by Sanford coach.