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Weight Control for Better Diabetes Management

A new survey of people with diabetes who are overweight in Singapore showed that more than eight in 10 reported that their condition is well-controlled; however, nearly one in five of them did not know their blood sugar reading taken at their last medical check-up. Of those who knew their readings, 36% of readings were above the optimal range. The survey was commissioned by Abbott and gathered responses from 407 people with diabetes who were overweight. It aimed to understand the awareness and attitudes towards the diagnosis, treatment and management of their condition.

The survey also revealed that nearly half of the respondents were told that they were at risk of developing diabetes before they were diagnosed. People with pre-diabetes are at a high-risk of not only developing diabetes, but also associated complications such as heart disease and stroke. Pre-diabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often responds to lifestyle modification including medical nutrition therapy. After they were diagnosed with diabetes, majority of patients reported that they would have made more effort to lose weight to reduce their risk of developing diabetes.

Dr Kevin Tan, consultant endocrinologist and vice-president of the Diabetic Society of Singapore, explained, “The best advice for overweight patients with diabetes is to lose at least 5 to 10% of their body weight. Losing weight is the most effective way to improve glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors among these patients.” For people with diabetes who find it difficult to control their diet, incorporating a diabetes-specific meal replacement has been shown to be useful for short and long-term weight reduction.

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