Measuring and monitoring your weight can also be a useful benchmark, particularly so you can see how it shifts as a result of any lifestyle changes you make. It’s good to know all three of these numbers, and to consider them alongside other risk factors, such as your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, when assessing your health. At TerryWhite Chemmart, our Health Check covers all of these measures to help you understand your risk factors and support you in deciding which lifestyle changes you may want to make towards better health.
I’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, what advice do you have?
When you’re living with type 2 diabetes, reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight is important to slow the progression and improve control of your diabetes. In fact, research published in the last couple of years shows substantial weight loss can actually alter some processes underlying type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, don’t forget that being overweight is considered a risk factor for experiencing a wide range of other health problems, including: stroke, heart disease and heart attack; musculoskeletal and digestive problems; and 11 different types of cancer, including breast, bowel and liver cancer.
It can also significantly impact your quality of life, self-esteem and mental health and wellbeing. So, there are many great reasons, on top of helping to ensure your type 2 diabetes is well managed, to keep your weight within the healthy range.
When living with type 2, a healthy weight is important
Losing weight feels daunting. Where should I start?
Your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacy is a great place to begin your healthy weight journey.
Using our Health Check as a starting point, a range of options are available from there, including the Tony Ferguson range of scientifically formulated meal replacements, many of which come with exclusive access to a 12-week program. This provides access to meal plans, recipes and motivational tips, and covers things such as portion control and the importance of reducing stress.
The Tony Ferguson range also has a variety of snack options to help keep your weight loss on track, including Beef Bone Broth, and Smoothie Bowls in two flavours, for a weight-loss friendly sweet treat.