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Weight Loss, Diet, and Exercise
The first steps in the treatment of type 2 diabetes are weight loss, if needed, and an appropriate diet. Weight loss can reduce the need for medication as well as the risk of developing complications. Weight loss can also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes altogether. Planning a diet that will provide healthy amounts of carbohydrates, protein, fats, and cholesterol and help control body weight often requires close attention from a doctor and possibly a nutritionist. A doctor can also suggest an appropriate exercise regimen.