Leslie S

Q:

Since being diagnosed as T2, I've been more active, and trying to lose weight. The scale is not budging. I didn't know if this could be a factor of vitamins I'm lacking? What should I take as a diabetic?

Amy Campbell

A:

While it’s important to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients that you need to stay healthy, it’s worthwhile to note that vitamins (or a lack of vitamins) have little, if any, effect on your weight. What’s most important for losing and maintaining weight is the number of calories that you take in from food and beverages compared to the number of calories that you burn through physical activity. Many people are able to lose weight on their own, but to make sure you’re eating the right amount of food to help you safely lose weight (and to ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients that you need), you might consider meeting with a dietitian. He or she can work with you to develop an eating plan that’s tailored to your food preferences, schedule and any other health issues that you may have, along with your diabetes. Dietitians can also address physical activity and give you some pointers for creating a physical activity plan that will help you burn calories and manage your diabetes. Most health care plans, as well as Medicare, cover several visits with a dietitian, but you’ll need a referral from your doctor.

January 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

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Leslie S
Leslie S 2013-01-31 20:49:18 -0600 Report

Great, thank you!! I had visited with one when I was first diagnosed. Made an appointment with her today!