Why Do Type 1 Diabetics Lose Weight

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Weight And Diabetes: Lose Pounds To Lower Your Risk

If you’re overweight, you’ve probably thought about shedding some pounds. If you have diabetes or are at risk for getting it, you should stop thinking and start doing -- now. Why? Because excess weight puts a strain on your body in all sorts of ways. “If I suddenly take a bunch of gravel and throw it in the back of your car, you can still probably make 70 mph on the interstate. But you’re going to make the engine work a little harder. If I put 1,000 pounds in your car, that effect increases. I can probably put enough weight in so, eventually, your car no longer can perform like it needs to,” says David Marrero, PhD, president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. It sounds harsh, but the truth is, that extra weight in your trunk? It can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your engine already is whining. Ditch the gravel. You might be surprised at how dropping just a few pounds can make a dramatic difference. “What we know in diabetes prevention, and in prediabetes, is that a very modest amount of weight loss has this huge reduc Continue reading >>

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  1. Lindsay_Schmitt

    I have been doing keto for two months. The first week I lost eight pounds, but after that, I've not lost anything. My carbs are at 25/daily, 112g protein, and 141g fat (I got these from ketodietapp.com so that I had a place to start) and track anything and everything I eat. I exercise every day and am at a complete loss. My legs were swelling, so I incorporated potassium supplements into my diet, along with electrolytes, and that helped alleviate that, but I'm still stuck. I have a LOT of weight to lose (I'm 5'8" and weigh 275). Also, being a type 1 diabetic with PCOS, I know that will slow things down, but I should be seeing something! I do check for ketones and am currently burning a moderate amount. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. carolT


    The first week I lost eight pounds, but after that, I've not lost anything.
    That's going to be mostly water weight from glycogen depletion and less inflammation.

    My carbs are at 25/daily, 112g protein, and 141g fat
    112 g of protein sounds kind of high unless you have a very high muscle mass. I'd try going to 1g/kg lean body weight and see if that makes a difference. So if you are maybe at 35% bodyfat, that would work out to 80g protein/day. Also, don't think of the fat macro as a requirement. If you're not hungry, stop eating.

    being a type 1 diabetic with PCOS,
    You are insulin dependant? Or did you mean type-2 diabetic?

    I do check for ketones and am currently burning a moderate amount.

    What are you using to check for ketones?

  3. Lindsay_Schmitt

    I am type 1 (insulin dependent) and am on an insulin pump. I have been able to significantly lower my insulin basal rate, and account for protein when I bolus. I currently use ketosticks to account for ketones, which I know there is an actual monitor that you can use to do a blood check, but I've not yet bought one of these. I will take your advice on the protein. I thought it seemed a bit high, but wasn't sure. By the way, I've checked with my endocrinologist and she okayed my using this diet to lose weight.

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