3. Get off your duff
Physical activity is another important part of a weight-loss plan, especially if you have diabetes. Regular exercise, just like weight control, boosts the effectiveness of your body’s own insulin. It can reduce your need for medication. And it helps lower blood pressure, another bonus for people with diabetes. You’ll also benefit from all the other perks of being active: better sleep, higher energy and greater sense of well-being. Increase your activity level gradually. If you have other medical problems related to diabetes, like foot ulcers or eye conditions, talk to your healthcare professional about which activities you should avoid.