Weight and Diabetes

Monday, February 28, 2011

A simple heart-healthy diet with weight control and exercise may be sufficient for some people with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar. Dr. Edward Hill discuss these lifestyle changes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes is a common disorder in which the body has difficulty controlling levels of sugar in the bloodstream.

Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adulthood but can also occur in overweight children. Losing weight greatly reduces your chances for type 2 diabetes and can help bring your blood sugar under control if you already have the disease. Type 2 diabetes can be treated with diet, exercise and oral prescription medications but may require insulin shots.

To lose or control weight:

Get regular exerciseat least 30 minutes per day most days of the week.

Eat a healthful diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and low in refined carbohydrates, such as sweets and white bread.

Limit the amount of high-sugar beverages you drink.

Limit alcohol to no more than one drink per day for women, two per day for men.

It is important to realize that your diet and exercise regimen are lifestyle changes that must be maintained in the long term to keep weight off.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.