There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2. Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar or glucose. But Type 2 Diabetes is a lifelong condition which, if not managed, may cause serious health problems. People with Type 2 diabetes don't respond to insulin as well as they should, and later in the disease often don't make enough insulin.

Nearly 9 out of 10 people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are found overweight or face obesity issues. According to medical experts, the added adipose tissue may increase insulin resistance and leads to further weight gain.

Mrs Cynthia Bou Khalil Clinical Dietitian shares essential tips and advice while emphasizing on the importance of weight loss.

What are the benefits of weight loss?
According to Mrs Cynthia Bou Khalil ,if a person has type 2 diabetes, weight loss of 5-10% of body weight can help manage reasonable blood glucose control.

Like many medical experts, she recommends a combination of diet and exercise as it reduces the risk of developing diabetes by 58%.

She also advises that by losing weight, people with type 2 diabetes may potentially be able to reverse the condition.

What should be the diet?
Mrs Cynthia Bou Khalil suggests patients work closely with their doctors, dietitians and diabetes educator with the weight loss plan. Because while dieting, blood sugar, insulin and medications need special attention.

In general, it is recommended to choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products, reduced intake of meat, sweets, and refined grains. It is also necessary to have healthy fats such as avocado, nuts, canola oil or olive oil. One should avoid sugary drinks and make sure to stay active - like walking for 30 mins/day.

What if you’re not getting results?
Mrs Cynthia Bou Khalil says patients must not be disheartened and lose hope when they are not getting the desired results. One should talk to their doctors about non-surgical ways of boosting weight loss when diet and exercise don’t get desired results.

The Elipse® balloon is a non-surgical aid for obesity patients that helps them lose weight they aspire to without the need for surgery. It is one of the recent technologies that involves placing a soft balloon in your stomach without surgery, endoscopy or anesthesia.

The Balloon can make them feel fuller faster than they usually would when eating and slows down the time it takes to empty the stomach.

In the first 16 weeks, a patient will lose around 10 to 15 kg of weight, and there can be a considerable reduction in the waist size.

Patients undergoing this procedure have reported a significant reduction in BMI, body fat, waist circumference, blood pressure, and cholesterol and improvement in fasting blood glucose and HBA1C levels.

Like other weight-loss procedures, an intragastric balloon requires a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Patients need to make permanent healthy changes to your diet and get regular exercise to help ensure the long-term success of the procedure.

Mrs Cynthia Bou Khalil Clinical Dietitian at Allurion