Diabetes Self-Management Articles

If you’re overweight, losing weight can have many benefits. For instance, losing 5% to 10% of body weight can allow your body to use insulin more effectively, thereby improving blood glucose control. In the articles below, you can read about weight-loss techniques that actually work, as well as the pros and cons of weight-loss surgery and meal replacements.


Bariatric Surgery by Jacqueline Craig, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 175 million Americans, or nearly two-thirds of the adult population, are either overweight or obese. Of those who are obese, an estimated 5 million to 10 million are considered morbidly obese…


Calories: The Key to Weight Control by Laurie Block, MS, RD, CDE

Nutrition is an ever-changing science with one consistent message: If you are above a healthy body weight, lose weight. The World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and many other organizations consider weight loss to be the first…

Also inside: Burning Calories, How Many Calories Do You Need?, Choosing Leaner Proteins

More Food, Less You by Betty Kovacs, MS, RD

If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less food, right? Wrong. When you cut back on the amount of food you eat, you may actually stimulate your appetite, causing you to eat more than usual rather than less. Obviously, this makes losing weight difficult if not impossible. So how is it possible to lose weight without eating less food? The answer is to eat fewer calories, not less food, and this article shows you how…

Also inside: Determining Energy Density, Energy Density of Foods

Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Physical Activity by Richard M. Weil, MEd, CDE

It’s no coincidence that the rate of Type 2 diabetes is
rising as rapidly as the rate of obesity in the United States. The two
are strongly related: The heavier people are, the more likely they are
to develop diabetes. So…

Also inside: Body-Mass Index

Plus-Size Products and Services by Quinn Phillips

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly one-third of adults in the United States are obese. This proportion is certainly higher among people with diabetes; insulin resistance, a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes, and obesity are both elements of the metabolic syndrome…


Strategies for Weight Management by Ann E. Goebel-Fabbri, PhD

If you are overweight, you probably have had this experience more times than you care to count: being told by a health-care provider that if you could “just lose weight and keep it off,” your health would improve…

Also inside: Resources For Weight Control

The Lasting Benefits of Losing Weight by Joseph Gustaitis

If you’ve been told recently that you have Type 2 diabetes, the last thing you should do is feel helpless. There’s actually one really important thing you can start working on to improve your health. And you can, and should, do it fast.


Tried and True Weight-Loss Techniques by Mark Nakamoto

Roughly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. The problem has become so epidemic that a few years ago Congress funded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to begin state nutrition education programs, and the federal government issued…

Also inside: Tips for Healthful Weight Loss

Weight Loss by Jacquie Craig, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

Anybody who has tried to lose weight knows how difficult it can be. But for many people, the initial weight loss isn’t the hardest part: Keeping it off over time is even more of a challenge.

In an effort to understand why this is so and…

Also inside: Maintenance Meal Plans, Top 5 Tips For Maintaining Weight Loss

Weight Loss Information and Support by Quinn Phillips

Weight management is a constant struggle for many people with diabetes. While the exact relationship between overweight and Type 2 diabetes is not known, there is ample evidence that losing at least some excess weight tends to help with diabetes control…


Weight-Loss Programs for People With Diabetes by Erica Sweeney

For people with diabetes who are overweight, sustained weight loss can have many positive effects, including lower blood glucose levels, better cardiovascular health, and better sleep. While there are many approaches to losing excess weight that can be successful, weight-loss programs that use a team approach and are medically supervised can be especially effective…

Also inside: What to Look For in a Weight-Loss Program

Why Can’t I Lose Weight? by Jacquie Craig, MS, RD, LD, CDE

You’re trying hard to lose weight. You’ve changed your eating habits, and you’ve been doing more physical activity than you used to. But a few weeks — or even a few months — have gone by, and the scale isn’t budging. “Why?!” you ask in frustration. “What am I doing wrong?!”

Also inside: Estimating Portions

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Carbohydrate Restriction: An Option for Diabetes Management
Some people find that decreasing the amount of carbohydrate they eat can help with blood glucose control. Here’s what to know about this approach.

Insulin Patch Pumps: A New Tool for Type 2
Patch pumps are simpler to operate than traditional insulin pumps and may be a good option for some people with Type 2 diabetes who need insulin.

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