How does weight loss help control diabetes?
Diabetes is a medical condition caused by chronically high blood sugar levels due to the body’s inability to produce enough regulating insulin. Type 1 diabetes is due to reduced insulin production, diagnosed most often in children and young adults. Those diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes need daily insulin injections to control blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes results when the body isn’t reacting appropriately to insulin, known as insulin resistance. Weight plays a significant role in the development of Type 2 diabetes as the additional weight puts increased pressure on the body to properly use insulin and control blood sugar levels.
Nearly 90% of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. Weight management support and adding regular exercise are two of the primary methods for both preventing and treating a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
What kind of weight management skills will I learn?
At First Team Medical Clinics, we take a whole-person approach to losing weight: We identify unhealthy eating habits to support long-term weight management goals.
There are no complicated meal plans or calorie count diets to follow. Instead, our providers teach you how to make healthier food choices, decrease sugar and fat intake, boost your activity level to lose weight, maintain your weight, and, if diagnosed, control your diabetes.
A nutrition counselor is on staff to meet with you weekly, developing strategies to incorporate more nutritious foods into your diet based on your specific needs. They address your overall wellness needs, including methods for promoting a healthy mental and emotional attitude, highlighting your milestones and successes.
You also work with your counselor to set new goals and tackle potential setbacks on your weight management journey.
If you have Type 1 diabetes, our experienced medical providers carefully evaluate your insulin and medication options based on your needs. For Type 2 diabetics, we may consider prescribing medications in addition to our weight management program.
Our weight loss program also includes Lipo-Plus injections. This balanced combination of amino acids and vitamins enhances your overall nutritional profile and boosts energy levels, as it helps your body burn fat naturally and safely. We recommend two to three injections per week for the fastest results.
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