Type 2 Diabetes Weight Loss Basics

Written by Julie M. Gentile

Losing weight with type 2 diabetes is essential if you're overweight or obese. Weight loss can help you control your type 2 diabetes, manage your blood glucose levels, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your blood pressure.

Although not everyone with type 2 diabetes needs to lose weight, if you do, our Exercise Center is a fantastic place to kickstart your weight loss goals.

But losing weight with type 2 diabetes is about taking it one small step at a time. It takes time to develop healthy lifestyle changes. Once you do, you'll recognize how worthwhile they are.

For example, reduce your portion sizes for a few months. Once you get used to doing that, then you can move on to your next goal, which may be to start exercising. For tips on how to get started with exercise, check out our article on starting an exercise program with diabetes.

Below are some tips on small ways that have big impacts when it comes to losing weight with type 2 diabetes.

You can work with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to help you plan—and achieve—your goals.

Once you get used to your new, healthier habits, you'll see that losing weight with type 2 diabetes can be simple. All you need to do is concentrate on the small successes that will boost your health.

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