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How To Gain Weight And Maintain Blood Glucose

By Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE Yes, you read the title correctly—there are people with diabetes that are actually trying to gain weight. These people are underweight and need to put on a few pounds without creating extremely high blood sugar levels. Note: If you have diabetes and are losing weight or having difficulty gaining weight, your first step is making sure the issue isn’t due to high blood glucose levels. Uncontrolled hyperglycemia, which is typical with undiagnosed type 1 diabetes (or misdiagnosed type 2), can lead to weight loss and is a dangerous state for your body. If your weight loss or inability to gain weight is unexpected, make sure to discuss it right away with your doctor. It may be that your medication needs to be adjusted for better glycemic control. If, on the other hand, your blood glucose levels are controlled, here are few tips to help you gain weight without spiking your sugar. 1. Eat three meals a day. Don’t skip meals. If you are trying to gain weight, you need to increase your daily caloric intake. If you skip breakfast (or any meal), you could be missing out on an extra 400 to 500 calories per day, which if done consistently could lead 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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