Eating well and maintaining a stable weight is particularly important for people with diabetes, so we figured that learning more about weight management was long overdue. Lowering waist measurement will help to improve your blood sugar control and reduce the risk of diabetes complications.

The diabetes community recently called for the creation of a weight loss forum, but how do you manage your weight as a diabetic?

Reaching a healthy weight may seem like a serious challenge, but it can seriously improve your long-term health. As well as self-esteem and a greater quality of life, losing weight helps you to feel fit and healthy.

There are a variety of different approaches to losing weight, with each individual experiencing weight loss in a different way.

Do I need to lose weight?

Waist circumference can tell you if you need to lose weight, using the following guidelines:

Waist circumference measurements

  • White and black men should be below 94cm (37 inches)
  • Asian men should be below 90cm (35 inches)
  • White, black and Asian women should be below 80cm

Body Mass Index determines weight in relation to height. To learn more about your BMI please check our BMI calculator. If you are confused about your BMI, discuss it with your healthcare team.

How do I lose weight?

Motivation is the key in losing weight. Write down why you want to lose weight.

Stare at the challenges to time and budget head o, face them down and work around them.

If you need help in losing weight, your diabetes nurse, GP or dietician should be on hand to talk to you and help you.

Set yourself clear long and short-term goals to achieve as you lose weight. Write it down, and stick to it. Hopefully by reading the forum perspectives and threads below, those who feel they need to lose weight can find encouragement and support.

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