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4 tips for better weight management

Being overweight (or carrying excess body weight) can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 1

Small dietary and lifestyle changes may positively contribute to your ability to lose weight, lower your BMI and feel healthier.

But in order to understand how these adjustments can benefit your health, we must look at the role that insulin plays. Insulin regulates your blood sugar, which is essential to well-being and health. Taking steps to lose weight may improve the way insulin works in your body and potentially reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and complications. 2

There is no “one size fits all” approach to losing weight or reducing your BMI, but as this video shows, eating a healthy and varied diet, increasing your physical activity, using tools and setting goals to track progress 3 are some of the ways that you can manage your weight, laying the foundations for a healthier lifestyle.

This is general disease awareness and should not be understood as medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, you should contact your healthcare professional.

  1. Powell-Wiley TM, Poirier P, Burke LE, et al. Obesity and cardiovascular disease: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2021;143. doi:10.1161/cir.0000000000000973.
  2. Scheen AJ: From Obesity to Diabetes: Why, When and Who? International Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Medicine 2000, 55(1), 2000: 9-15. Accessed 17 Dec 2020 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10783502/ (Quote from the source: "The evolution from obesity to diabetes represents a continuum that progresses through different phases in which defects in both insulin action and insulin secretion play a critical interaction and must be looked at in concert.")
  3. Diabetes Australia. Type 2 diabetes risk factors. Available from: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/diabetes-risk/ Last accessed: January 2024.

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