Why Do Diabetics Lose Weight Without Trying

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Why Have I Lost Weight Without Trying?

Unexplained Weight Loss If you lose more than 5% of your weight in 6 to 12 months, tell your doctor, especially if you’re an older adult. That would be about 8 pounds if you weigh 150, or 10 pounds if you weigh 200. Sudden weight loss without a reason can be a sign of a health problem. If your thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone, it revs up your metabolism so you burn more calories and lose weight. You also may have more bowel movements and a racing heartbeat, and you may feel anxious. Your doctor can help you manage it with medicine. She may also talk to you about surgery to take out all or part of your thyroid. Insulin is a hormone your body makes to turn blood sugar into energy. If you have diabetes, you either can’t make insulin or can’t use it the way you need to. When your cells run out of fuel, your body thinks it’s starving and starts burning fat and muscle. This makes you lose weight. You may also be thirsty, tired, hungry, or pee more than usual. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms. If you have diabetes, she can help figure out a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you have this, your body reacts to gluten, a protein found in 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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