Thursday, June 2, 2011

Prediabetes and weight loss

Question:  I was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes and was prescribed medication.  I have been following a diet to lose weight but unfortunately in the past few weeks, I have actually gained a few pounds.  When I was eating whatever I wanted without the medication, I stayed the same weight.  In the past, I have exercised at least 3 days a week but after a year of doing this I only lost about 10 pounds.  Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:  10# in the past year is 10# in the right direction - don't be too hard on yourself!  It is possible that the medication you were started on may have weight gain as a side effect even if it is helping to lower your blood sugar - check with your doctor or the pharmacist to see if this may be the case.  It may also be helpful to consult a registered dietitian and/or a personal trainer to help you to achieve better results with weight loss if that is what you are hoping for.

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