How can I lose weight if I have type 2 diabetes?

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Dr. Craig B. Primack, MD
General Practitioner

Weight loss in itself is helpful, often very helpful, for treating type 2 diabetes. Initially there were several reports of weight loss surgery curing diabetes but studies are now showing the cure was not complete and over time sometimes the diabetes does come back.

This just demonstrates that weight, and for sure diabetes, are complex diseases and are better treated with a team approach which will include your primary care physician, possibly an endocrinologist, a medical obesity specialist and perhaps a bariatric surgeon.

The following are some weight loss recommendations if you have type 2 diabetes:

  • Begin a weight loss program with the help of your healthcare team.
  • Ask for a referral to a dietitian who can help you find a diet you can use every day.
  • Don't try to do everything at once. Take one step at a time and make changes you can stick with.
  • Adding an extra workout a week may be enough to counteract the fact that you’re not losing as much glucose in your urine anymore.

If diet and exercise are not enough to reduce your weight, your healthcare provider may prescribe medications that can help.

Weight loss, or bariatric, surgery can be helpful in treating type 2 diabetes and can even cure it entirely. If someone is obese with type 2 diabetes and is not able to lose weight with diet and exercise, bariatric surgery should be explored as an option for improvement and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.