Diabetes and Weight Loss: Getting Started
Losing weight is never easy. That's where a diabetes educator or a nutritionist can help, advises Deeb. A diabetes educator or nutritionist can develop a program that fits you and your lifestyle -- a program with realistic goals, he says.
"You will need a meal plan, one that you can follow every day. You'll need to know how to alter your insulin and medication based on what you're eating and whether you're exercising more," Deeb tells WebMD. "That's the safest way to lose weight."
A consultation with a diabetes educator or dietitian/nutritionist can cost from $60-$70. Typically, insurance covers the first two visits, but may not cover additional visits, says Meneghini.
Reasonably priced support groups and classes are available, frequently through hospitals, to help with diabetes and weight loss. Ask your doctor or physician assistant for recommendations.
There are also web sites with in-depth information on diabetes and weight loss, including:
- the American Diabetes Association
- the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
"Information is power, and the better informed you are, the better decisions you can make," says Meneghini.