by Mary Rains
Mille Lacs Health System
Many people – facing the hot summer months and the thought of wearing clothing sometimes that does more revealing than covering up – start to think about losing weight. Yet, watching your weight should become a healthcare priority any time of year.
Aside from making you look and feel better, maintaining a healthy weight minimizes cancer risks; helps prevent type 2 diabetes; and improves your overall health measures, such as blood pressure and cholesterol.
Body weight is suspected to play a significant role in a person’s likelihood for developing type 2 diabetes, especially over the age of 45. In fact, being overweight or obese is considered the best predictor of the disease. Your family health care provider can assess your blood sugar levels to determine your risks and let you know if you have diabetes or prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be type 2 diabetes. In fact, many people have no symptoms. In many cases, prediabetes can be reversed with healthy eating and exercises.
If you’re pursuing weight loss and are interested in receiving guidance in a program, Mille Lacs Health System has a Guided Weight Loss Therapy Program. Guided Weight Loss Therapy is not just for those dealing with diabetes, but it is another tool to help anybody with a BMI over 30. It is a collaborative weight loss effort, and includes assessment, a personalized plan, behavioral change techniques, and ongoing support for up to a year. The program is administered by Deanna Duret, MLHS’s Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator. It’s covered by Medicare and many insurance plans, but you will want to ask your insurance provider first. If you want more information on this program, diabetes classes, monthly education opportunities, or support groups, call MLHS Diabetes Educator Deanna Duret at 320-532-2337.