Approximately 80 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
Therefore, much of the advice given to people with diabetes involves weight management strategies.
The most consistent advice over the years for people with diabetes is the need to obtain and maintain a healthy weight.
The reason is simple: the more fat you carry, the more insulin-resistant your cells become.
For many people, losing even 4–5 kg is enough to produce beneficial results in their blood glucose levels.
The diet industry in Australia and New Zealand is estimated to be worth millions each year and most of us are likely to have contributed to this in one way or another.
In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of weight-loss plans and theories, yet we don’t seem to be getting any slimmer as a population – quite the contrary.