Why Do Diabetics Lose Weight Without Trying

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Diabetes In Older People

On this page: Diabetes is a serious disease. People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. The good news is that there are things you can do to take control of diabetes and prevent its problems. And, if you are worried about getting diabetes, there are things you can do to lower your risk. What Is Diabetes? Our bodies turn the food we eat into glucose. Insulin helps glucose get into our cells, where it can be used to make energy. If you have diabetes, your body may not make enough insulin, may not use insulin in the right way, or both. That can cause too much glucose in the blood. Your family doctor may refer you to a doctor who specializes in taking care of people with diabetes, called an endocrinologist. Types of Diabetes There are two main kinds of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Although adults can develop this type of diabetes, it occurs most often in children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin but doesn’t use it the right way. It is the most common kind of diabetes. It occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults, but it can al Continue reading >>

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  1. massey1234

    I'm losing weight, and it scares me!!

    Now, I know some of you are looking at my subject line like are you crazy, you should be glad you are losing weight!!! I'm not trying to lose weight just trying to lower glucose levels, I've been on low carb, I might eat one waffle in the morning and for lunch chicken and veggies, cheese and sugar free jello and dinner some type of meat and vegetables,but I don't watch my calories at all...I thought calorie intake determined how much weight you lost, I'm 185 now I was 192 about a month ago! Should I be concerned or am I over reacting?

  2. jwags

    Hi Massey, welcome to DD. I also do fairly low carb and have lost lots of weight. I never count calories either. I was happy when I hit my goal weight but then got sick and lose 10 more pounds because of dehydration and lack of exercise. I felt I was way too skinny at 115. On purpose this last week I've been trying to eat a few more carbs to get my weight back up to 120 or so. It is a fine balance between keeping good bgs and keeping up your weight. You can try eating more healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, cheeses . I was eating those Carb Smart ice cream bars at night but have a hard time finding them, now. If you can find them they are a good way to add calories . They have 9 carbs with 4 fiber, so 5 net carbs and they are delicious. I know with me when my hip bones start to stick out I know I have lost too much weight.

  3. glodee

    Hi Massey,
    Welcome to DD! Glad you found us. I was very thin when diagnosed and continued to lose for a long time after starting Metformin. I understand it can affect people that way sometimes. I steadied off eventually, after about 6 months, and never put any back on until I started insulin in Feb this year, 4 years later. I have also had my Metformin stopped.
    I think your diet sound's good for your diabetes, but you are unlikely to put weight on on a low carb diet. I would say tho do speak to your Dr or nurse about your concerns - dont sit & worry. They should be able to reassure you. I know how scary it is to see all your weight drop like that!

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