I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I'm not sure what the best diet is. I have cut out most all carbs and eat lots for salad and high protein foods. I have started walking the treadmill and the first 2 weeks i lost 10 lbs and blood sugar numbers was better. But now i can't seem to drop anymore weight and my sugar numbers are up around 200 again. I take medicine for my blood sugar and cholestrol. Please any advise on what I can do to help both blood sugar numbers and weight lose.

Amy Campbell


It’s great that you’re paying more attention to your food intake and physical activity. Both are important aspects of managing diabetes. However, It’s not necessary, or safe, to cut out all carbohydrate (carb) in your eating plan. Your body needs some carb for energy and overall health. The key is to balance your carb intake with your physical activity and your diabetes medicine. For this reason, and also because you want to lose weight (which is helpful for diabetes management), I suggest that you ask your doctor for a referral to a dietitian. There is no one “diet” for people with diabetes: the goal is to develop an eating plan that you can stay with long-term, not just for a few weeks. A dietitian will take into consideration your food preferences, your weight goal, your daily schedule and any other health issues, such as high cholesterol. Also, while a 10-pound weight loss in two weeks is certainly encouraging, it’s not typical. Aiming for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week helps ensure that the weight you lose is fat, not water or muscle. And you’re more likely to keep off your weight when you lose it gradually. You mentioned that you started walking on the treadmill, which is great. The goal for physical activity is to aim for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week. Your activity plan should also include strength training, using hand weights, resistance bands or machines at the gym, which helps build muscle tissue and burn calories. Strength training should be done 2-3 times per week. If you need help with your activity plan, find out if there is an exercise physiologist in your community or sign up for a few sessions with a personal trainer at a local fitness center. It’s worth the time and energy to learn how to do exercises safely and correctly. Finally, try not to be discouraged with your blood glucose readings. Weight loss and regular physical activity certainly help, but most people do need to take medicine as well. The dose of your medicine likely needs to be changed. Let your doctor know that your numbers are running high and discuss the best way to help bring them into a safe range.

January 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

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dbkra5 2014-03-18 17:05:54 -0500 Report

I was also just diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I have also lost about 10 lbs and cannot lose anymore and my sugar also has gone up. I can only have a total of 90 grams of Carbs per day and only 1200 calories per day per dietician. I liked the advise of understanding that its good to only lose 1-2 lbs per week. I don't get as discouraged and I am a lot healthier than I was before. I am eating healthy now and watching what I eat. This will help you feel better also all around.