According to the Canadian Diabetes Association 2008 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada, approximately 80 to 90 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
A healthy lifestyle and weight can help prevent and/or manage diabetes; improve blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure, and blood lipids; reduce the risk of complications, such as heart attack and stroke; and improve general well-being and energy levels.
Although many things can make managing weight a challenge, including stress, some medical conditions and certain medications, the key to reaching and staying at a healthy weight is to make positive lifestyle changes, including healthy eating (according to Canada’s Food Guide), and adding exercise to your daily routine.
Many of our researchers are studying obesity and how it relates to diabetes. People with diabetes need to balance a healthy weight with the need to keep their blood glucose levels within target range, and our researchers are trying to find more effective ways to do this.