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Why Do Type 1 Diabetics Lose Weight

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Diabetes is a group of disorders characterized by chronic high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) due to the body's failure to produce any or enough insulin to regulate high glucose levels. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, which often occurs in children or adolescents, is caused by the body's inability to make insulin or type 2 diabetes, which occurs as a result of the body's inability to react properly to insulin (insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent than type 1 diabetes and is therefore seen in roughly 90% of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes is predominantly diagnosed after the age of forty, however, it is now being found in all age ranges, including children and adolescents. The impact of diabetes goes beyond chronic hyperglycemia. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness (diabetic retinopathy), end stage kidney diseases (diabetic nephropathy) and non-traumatic lower extremity amputations (diabetic neuropathy) in working-age adults. People with diabetes are also two to four times more likely to experience cardiovascular complications and strokes. Diabetes and its related complications result in an estimated 200,000+ deaths each year Continue reading >>

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  1. erinjane2378

    Best way to lose weight as a T1?

    Hi everyone,
    Wondering if anyone can give me any advice on the best way to lose weight as a T1? I gained almost 10 pounds after going on insulin recently and am having a really difficult time getting it off. I walk about 5 miles a day / 5x a week and lift weights 3x/wk, so I don't think exercise is the problem. I've been told that it is difficult for T1 diabetics to lose weight, but would like to hear your thoughts and experiences.
    Thanks!
    erin

  2. l0vaduck

    After years of struggling, over the past 16 months I've lost just over 5 stone (70lbs).
    The only way that's worked for me was to cut down severely on carbs which meant I could reduce my insulin doses.
    Obviously I also eat fairly healthily anyway, but I don't avoid fats - as a vegetarian I eat quite a lot of nuts and some full fat cheese.
    I set a target of how much insulin per meal, and kept my carbs within that limit. Eventually I found that I was able to reduce my background insulin as well. Steadily as the weight came off my ratios also went down (I must have been very insulin resistant).
    16 months ago I was on about 24 units of long acting insulin, and a total of at least 60 units of fast acting per day. Nowadays I take 8 units of long acting, and totals of between 24 and 30 of fast acting - but I vary this much more than I used to because I don't automatically eat lots of carbs with each meal, which I used to think was essential. Even though the carbs I was eating before were healthy: wholemeal - I was eating far too much of them.

  3. Tiger Lily

    i agree with lovaduck....... reduce the carbs and reduce the insulin....... keep the bg in a good range
    this will also impact your basal insulin when you lose weight, so that needs to be adjusted too
    i have 70 lbs to lose :-(
    sigh

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