People with type 2 diabetes can combat the disease with diet and exercise

When individuals are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, they are often faced with a serious choice between spending the rest of their lives on diabetes medications, with the possibility that their condition may worsen, and committing themselves to a healthy lifestyle overhaul.

According to a recent article published in the MetroWest Daily News, one 60-year-old Massachusetts resident chose the latter and has significantly improved his health in a matter of four months.

Jim Steinwachs told the newspaper that when his doctor diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes, he vowed not to follow in the footsteps of his mother, who spent the last five years of her life bedridden due to a stroke brought on by poor diabetes management. Therefore, he enlisted in a strict weight management program that was offered through a local medical center.

Steinwachs explained to the news provider that he set a goal to burn 3,000 calories per week and adhered to a strict diet of pre-portioned meals. Although he admitted that the low-calorie regimen was difficult to abide by during the holidays and Super Bowl festivities, tests showed that the 74-pound weight loss improved his blood sugar levels, blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol.

"The weight loss I accomplished has not been easy but I did it over a four-month period. It takes commitment and focus to lose the weight and turn short-term goals into long-term lifestyle behaviors. The reward is living a longer, healthier and happier life," he told the news source.

According to the National Institutes of Health, a woman who is overweight who wants to lose weight should consume between 1,600 and 2,000 calories daily. To ensure a balanced diet, these calories should consist of eight servings of carbohydrates, four vegetable and three fruit servings.

The organization states that fats and protein are beneficial in moderation, but individuals with type 2 diabetes should avoid consuming saturated fats, trans fats and alcohol.