Maintaining a Healthy Weight with Type 1 Diabetes

Anyone who has diabetes will tell you that it is important to maintain a health weight. Since many diabetics are predisposed to being overweight, it is a common problem. Adding to that is the fact that some diabetes medication has the unfortunate side effect of causing unwanted weight gain, it makes the matter even more pressing.

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is usually found in children all the way up to young adults. But it is often misdiagnosed in adults because of the patient's age. When it appears in adults over the age of 30, it is often mistaken for type 2 diabetes. However, the difference is that type 2 sufferers can have insulin resistance, whereas type 1 diabetics do not. Despite their best efforts, scientists know little about the cause of type 1.

Regardless of which form you have, it is equally imperative that the individual keep excess weight off due to the overwhelming medical complications that it can impose. This involves a two-fold effort. As expected, one area deals with food intake while the other focuses on exercise. As simplistic as this may sound, it is important to maintain the right balance of both in order to receive the optimum effects.

One way to ensure success in eating right is to plan your meals for the same time every day. Also, make sure that you have adequate snacks intermixed with meals. This goes a long way to eating healthier instead of being caught without the right food choices. When this occurs, it often results in poor food decisions.

The other half of losing weight involves a consistent and moderate level of activity. This can be anything from walking to what feels comfortable. As long as you are moving and burning calories you are doing yourself good.

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