Most people know that if they are overweight or obese, they must lose weight to be healthy. Even a modest weight loss of 5% to 10% can result in significant health benefits such as a reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Other health benefits of a modest weight reduction include:

  • lower blood pressure
  • lower levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol
  • lower total cholesterol levels
  • less sleep apnea

People who are obese are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. But a lifestyle that includes weight loss and an exercise program significantly reduces this risk. Even if you've already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, losing weight may be a good idea. Even a modest weight loss can improve how insulin works in the body, reduce fasting blood sugar levels, and reduce the need for diabetes medications.

Do you know what your ideal weight range is? Find out with the Ideal Weight Range Calculator.