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Body Weight Reaching the Standard

Obesity is very detrimental to diabetic patients. As to diabetic patients, either obesity or overweight may increase insulin resistant, causing regulation difficulties in blood sugar, blood pressure and blood lipids, thereby accelerates the occurrences and development of diabetic complications.

BMI (Body Mass Index) is the best method to exam whether body weight is appropriate. Overweight(BMI < 25) is inappropriate for middle-aged diabetic patients, and obesity (BMI < 30) is inappropriate for elderly diabetic patients with over 60.

These ranges of BMI values are valid only as reference for diabetics:

Category BMI
Underweight Below 18.5
Healthy weight 18.5 to 24.9
Overweight 25 to 29.9
Obese 30 and above

Many people who are overweight or obese never suffer from diabetes, but the risk of developing diabetes increases as your weight.

Besides, we should pay attention to waist circumference. We usually divided obesity into two types. One of them is called apple-shaped obesity, which means the abdomen is round and the limbs are slender, and all the fat is in chest and abdomen. This type of obesity is very bad for health. Why? You can simply think about this: if all the body’s fat is in thoracic and abdominal cavities, which indicates that the heart is being surrounded by fat. That may cause problems in heart, and is susceptible to getting coronary heart disease; if the fat surrounds the liver, patients are susceptible to fatty liver; if the pancreas is surrounded by fat, pancreatic functions will be poor, this is a worse situation for health, and patients are susceptible to diabetes. The other type is called pear-shaped obesity, which means the upper body is not obese, but the lower body is obese, and obesity sites are mainly in buttocks and thighs. This type of obesity is also bot very good, but it is less detrimental, because the fat doesn’t surround the main organs. Thus we should attach attention to waist circumference, we require that the waist circumference of male diabetic patients should not be over 40 inches (102cm), and that of female diabetic patients should be over 35 inches (89cm).

You may assess what your waist circumference means by using this form
Waist size and Diabetes risk

Gender Diabetes is at risk Diabetes is at high risk
Men Over 36 inches  Over 40 inches
Women Over 32 inches Over 35 inches


Besides, for patients with diabetes, some persons calculate the waist circumference according to body height, which is your waist circumference should not be over half of your body height. For example, the body height is 5 feet 7 inches (67 inches or 170cm), 67 divided by 2 equals 33.5 inches (85 cm), so the waist circumference of a person with body height of 67 inches (170cm) should not be over 33.5 inches (85 cm). What if we passed this standard? We can strengthen exercises and control diet, especially take more exercises in waist to decrease waist circumference. This is better for health.

Lose weight is very crucial for diabetic patients. Many diabetic patients may ask: how should I lose weight? I have done pretty well, but why the body weight stays high? Why my body weight still keeps increasing? How to solve the problem?

There are many reasons to cause this situation. If diet is not regular, although diabetic patients eat just little at dinner, they intake too much complementary food, and that also cause obesity. Therefore, weight control of diabetic patients should carry out systemic self-management.

Precautions for diabetic patients who need to lose weight:

In conclusion, body weight controlling is very important for diabetes treatment. Well-controlled body weight is benefit for the management of blood sugar. Every patient should attach great importance to the body weight management.

See also:
item Monitoring of Five Items of Diabetes

item Blood Glucose
item How to Test Blood Glucose at Home
item Condition Monitoring of Diabete
item How often should blood glucose be measured?
item Different meanings in seven different time frames for blood glucose monitoring

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