Take action without affecting your diabetes management – Diabetic Living Dr Gary Deed shows you how.
- Be informed. ‘When you start a medication, ask your doctor about side effects, such as if it could affect your weight and if there are any alternatives,’ suggests Diabetic Living GP Dr Gary Deed, who also has type 1.
- Be proactive. It’s easier to prevent weight gain than to lose weight. If you know a medication could lead to you putting on weight, put in place lifestyle changes that will help minimise or negate this potential gain.
- Be alert. When you know a medication is likely to cause weight increase, monitor the scales closely for a few months. Then, if the kilos do start creeping on, you can put strategies in place to help stabilise your weight.
- Be afraid to ask. If your medication is causing you big issues, see your doctor for another option.
- Stop your meds. ‘It’s important to keep taking your medication until you speak to your doctor about possible solutions, such as dosage changes or a different medication,’ says Dr Deed.
- Give up! If you’re piling on weight, despite exercising and watching your diet, it’s easy to relax your efforts. But this is only likely to speed up your weight gain and could lead to more medical issues. Remember, a healthy lifestyle has many benefits, regardless of weight, and can help keep you on smaller doses of medication.