Excuse – I have diabetes. Eighty five percent of diabetics are overweight. “HSPH’s Willett, who chairs the Department of Nutrition, said that getting Americans’ diet right can mean the difference between being healthy or ill. Studies have shown that not smoking, eating properly, and keeping a healthy weight — a body mass index of under 25 — reduces the risk of diabetes by 90 percent. Apart from lung cancer, there is no other disease that can be almost eliminated with simple lifestyle changes, Willett said.” This is a conundrum. You don’t want to go on a weight loss diet because you have diabetes, but there is an 85% chance you have diabetes because you are overweight.
Studies have shown that losing just 7 percent of one’s body weight can increase insulin sensitivity 57 percent. Diabetes is a disease where you lose insulin sensitivity. So it seems to me that if you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, the first thing you would want to do is get your weight under control. As with any diagnosed problem, you need to follow your doctor’s orders. You will need a diet appropriate for the diabetic. There is plenty of help on the web. You have a good chance of getting rid of this problem through diet.