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The benefits of weight control in type 2 diabetes

An algorithm for treating type 2 diabetes appears in Diabetes Care this month. Here’s a summary of the impressive effects of weight control ? if you can maintain it over the long-term.

Benefits of weight loss.

  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Lower blood pressure if higher than normal
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular complications
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Less stress on the hips, knees, ankles, and feet
  • More energy

Potential adverse consequences of exercise include musculoskeletal injuries and problems associated with neuropathy (eg, foot trauma and ulcers)

Arguably, the benefits of effective weight loss combined with its safety profile, and low cost make it the most cost-effective way to control diabetes. The benefits are usually seen rapidly, within weeks to months, and often before there has been substantial weight loss. Weight loss of as little as 4 kg (9 lbs) will often ameliorate hyperglycemia.

9/5/06 23:57 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.