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Why Do Undiagnosed Diabetes Lose Weight

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Think Skinny People Don’t Get Type 2 Diabetes? Think Again.

In the last article we discussed the complex relationship between body weight and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). We learned that although obesity is strongly associated with T2DM, a subset of “metabolically healthy obese” (MHO) people have normal blood sugar and insulin sensitivity and don’t ever develop diabetes. In this article we’re going to talk about the mirror reflection of the MHO: the “metabolically unhealthy nonobese” (MUN). These are lean people with either full-fledged type 2 diabetes or some metabolic dysfunction, such as insulin resistance. You might even be surprised to learn that skinny people can and do get T2DM. They are rarely mentioned in the media, and there isn’t much written about them in the scientific literature. Perhaps these folks have been overlooked because type 2 diabetes has been historically viewed as a disease of gluttony and sloth, a self-inflicted outcome of eating too much and not and not exercising enough. But the very existence of the MUN phenotype proves that there’s more to T2DM than overeating and a sedentary lifestyle. Remember that one in three type 2 diabetics are undiagnosed. It’s possible that a significant number of these peo Continue reading >>

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  1. blondiegreen

    I'm trying my best to lose weight, and I do need to lose ~30lbs to be in a normal range for my height.
    All of my excess weight is focused on my belly/boobs and I always look 6 mos pregnant. I can't seem to lose weight. I've done fasts for three days, and haven't lost an ounce.
    I've had some symptoms that make me think diabetes - feeling hypglycemic if I haven't eaten for awhile, itchy skin, many yeast infections, tired etc.
    I do have a family history of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
    Generally diabetes is associated with weight loss, but does anyone know if it can cause weight gain?

  2. Elliot

    Uncontrolled type 1 diabetes causes weight loss. It was initially known as a wasting disease before the invention of medicinal insulin.
    Type 2 diabetes generally does not cause the type of wasting seen in type 1 diabetes. However, it does promote hypothyroidism, which can cause weight gain.

  3. picklepete

    It's really not something we should guess about. Invest in a glucose meter if you think it's a possibility, though T2D = high BG not low. To my knowledge hypoglycemia isn't "tired" it's more sudden vertigo and anxiety.
    In the meantime review the other Primal rules, especially sleep.

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