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Your Diabetes

Managing Your Weight

If you are overweight, you have a higher risk of diabetes and its complications as well as other health conditions such as heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers. 

Weight management is the first line treatment for type 2 diabetes and is recommended for those at high risk of diabetes to try to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference are the main ways of finding out if your weight is putting your health at risk.

See the following link to calculate your BMI: BMI calculator | Check your BMI - NHS | Please fill in your details (

The British Dietetic Association has a useful guide to weight managementWeight Loss | British Dietetic Association (BDA)

Access the NHS Weight Loss Plan through the following website and app: Lose weight - Better Health - NHS (

Using meal replacement shakes for a limited time and as part of a structured programme can be and effective weight loss strategy. Please speak with your GP or a member of the diabetes team to find out options that may be available.