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Type 1 Diabetes Losing Too Much Weight

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Why Do People With Diabetes Lose Weight?

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder where the body does not use energy properly. One of the symptoms of diabetes is sudden and unexplained weight loss. Excessive hunger and thirst are two other symptoms, and patients with untreated diabetes may find themselves losing weight even as they are eating and drinking more than usual. There are several reasons why people with diabetes lose weight, but to better understand why weight loss occurs, you need to explore how diabetes affects the body. Video of the Day Under normal circumstances, your body converts food into sugar during the digestive process. The sugar enters your bloodstream and the pancreas, a small organ behind the liver, release a chemical known as insulin. Insulin tells all the cells in the body to take sugar from the blood and convert it to energy, which the cells use as fuel. Types of Diabetes There are two types of diabetes mellitus -- type 1 and type 2. With type 1 diabetes, the body either does not make insulin, or it does not make enough, and the cells never get the chemical signal to absorb sugar from the blood. With type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin but the cells do not respond to the chemical signals, o Continue reading >>

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  1. Steven C

    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (7.1 a1c) in January (only because I got turned down for life insurance, not because BCBSMS bothers to include that in wellness bloodwork). I immediately saw my doctor, changed my diet, started walking and going to diabetes classes. My numbers are always in a good range (we check twice a day) and I have not been put on meds. However, I have now lost about 16 pounds and do not want to lose anymore. The diabetes nurse and nutritionist don't seem to be concerned, or offer any suggestions that have worked. I am a 59 year old male, 6'2" and now weigh 190 pounds, and looking for suggestion on foods/ways to eat that will keep my numbers good, but keep the weight on. Thanks in advance.

  2. maryd98

    Steven C:
    I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (7.1 a1c) in January (only because I got turned down for life insurance, not because BCBSMS bothers to include that in wellness bloodwork). I immediately saw my doctor, changed my diet, started walking and going to diabetes classes. My numbers are always in a good range (we check twice a day) and I have not been put on meds. However, I have now lost about 16 pounds and do not want to lose anymore. The diabetes nurse and nutritionist don't seem to be concerned, or offer any suggestions that have worked. I am a 59 year old male, 6'2" and now weigh 190 pounds, and looking for suggestion on foods/ways to eat that will keep my numbers good, but keep the weight on. Thanks in advance.
    Hi, Steven, and welcome to the site!
    I'd say for right now, go with the nurse and nutritionist (dietitian?) and don't worry about the weight loss.
    However, if it continues, I'd talk to the doctor about it. I don't want to alarm you, but it could be that you actually have T1; weight loss is more typical of T1 than T2 (although it can happen with either), but usually it happens before the diagnosis if the weight loss is caused by diabetes. If your weight loss started after you changed your diet and started walking, it's likely those things (and not diabetes itself) are responsible for the weight loss.
    Here are a couple of suggestions that might help (I hope so!):
    1) Add some weight training to your exercise routine. You don't have to become a body builder, but adding more muscle will probably help your weight issue. Besides, this sort of exercise also helps control BG; a lot (most?) people focus on aerobics (like walking) to help manage BG, but I've heard very good things about weight training for BG management, from various sources.
    2) Add some fat and/or protein to your diet. These should have minimal effects on your BG, but will add calories to your diet. Fat in particular is calorie-rich. (If for some reason you don't want to/can't add more food to your diet, you might consider protein shakes.)
    Here's an interesting site that shows 1 g fat = 9 calories while 1 g protein = 4 calories and 1 g carb = 4 calories.
    http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/gives-energy-per-gram-fat-protein-carbohydrates-8319.html
    I imagine others will stop in before too long to offer their own suggestions...
    Good luck!

  3. Zzyzx

    Weight training did cause me to start putting on a bit of weight, but mostly muscle so Mary is right there. It also made it hard for my glucose level to move. Any day where I lift, I don't have to think that much about my diet, just avoid a few things and I'll remain in normal range.

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