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Many People with Diabetes Don’t Know What their Healthy Weight Should Be


A survey of 573 adults with diabetes, most of whom were overweight, has shown that most of them did not know what a healthy weight for them would be. When asked, 41 percent of the overweight respondents gave an overweight number, as did 66 percent of the obese respondents. And six percent of the study participants chose a number in the obese range. Most of the participants were aware that they were overweight.

Of the male respondents, only 35 percent gave a normal weight as a good goal for them, versus 65 percent of women.

If you have diabetes and you are overweight, do you know what a healthy weight is for you? If you think you know, what are you basing that on? It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor, diabetes educator, nutritionist or dietitian to make sure you know what a good goal weight is for you and how you can reach it. Weight management is an important part of diabetes control, so the closer you are to your goal weight, the more likely you are to be able to keep your blood sugar in the healthy range.

Diabetes Care, March 2006
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