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I have diabetes and have trouble losing weight. What can I do?

Losing weight is a challenge. We all need to work towards a healthy weight, whether we have diabetes or not. Remember weight loss does take time — we didn’t put on the 20 or 30 pounds in a few months.

Research shows we can lose weight by reducing our caloric intake only, however, most people gain all of the weight back (and more) without exercise. Get a thorough physical and talk with your doctor about starting a lower calorie diet-and-exercise program.

BJC HealthCare employees with BJC health insurance can work with a registered dietitian (RD) at one of our hospitals free of charge. Others should check their medical insurance; it often covers nutrition counseling for those with diabetes.

Learn more about nutrition counseling at:

Alton Memorial Hospital

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Christian Hospital

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Parkland Health Center

Schedule a visit with the outpatient dietitian, who can help you eat properly for diabetes with a caloric level that encourages weight reduction.

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