The conventional wisdom of our health professionals is that a calorie is a calorie. “From a purely thermodynamic point of view, this is clear because the human body or, indeed, any living organism cannot create or destroy energy but can only convert energy from one form to another.”
We already had several good reasons to lose weight. Now we have another one.
The overwhelming majority of those of us adults who have been diagnosed with diabetes are overweight or obese. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 85.2 percent of us are either overweight or obese, of which 54.8 percent of us are obese. This is based on large surveys of Americans with diabetes.
Wearing my new Guardian REAL-Time continuous glucose monitor continues to give me a lot more help in controlling my glucose levels than I ever expected. Few people who don’t have type 1 diabetes have used continuous monitors until recently. Most of the people with type 2 who have been using them take insulin, which makes glucose control critical.
A friend asks me how I am going to keep off the weight now that I’ve reached my goal of a body-mass index (BMI) of 23. It’s a tough question.
If you are one of the small minority of those of us who have diabetes but have a normal weight, you are excused. You can read my other articles here.
But if you are among the 85 percent of people with diabetes who are overweight, please read on. Please also send me your comments on the successful strategies that you use to lose weight. I want to be able to include your best tips in my forthcoming book.
John Dodson is the poster boy for the Byetta revolution. The New York Times featured and photographed him in perhaps the most influential article ever about Byetta, Alex Berenson’s “A Ray of Hope for Diabetics,” in its March 2 issue.