Do High Glucose Levels Cause Weight Gain?

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Increased Blood Sugar & Weight Gain

The pervasiveness of weight gain that causes people to become overweight or obese is a major medical concern. More than one-third of adults in the United States were obese in 2011-2012, according to a February 2014 report in "JAMA." Being overweight or obese predisposes people to a host of medical complications, one of the most serious of which is type 2 diabetes. Among other things, substantial weight gain can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which your body doesn’t respond normally to the blood-sugar-lowering hormone insulin. Insulin resistance can increase your risk of developing prediabetes and, ultimately, type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Video of the Day Weight gain occurs due to excess calorie consumption. Your body requires a certain number calories daily to fuel its many functions. When you exceed this amount, your body stores the extra intake as fat. While you might notice excess body fat in unwanted places, such as your face or hips, it's stored in many body sites. As reported in a December 2008 "Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America" article, when your body stores fat in muscle and the liver, it substantially increases the risk of insulin resistance. Continue reading >>

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  1. banjo71

    Controlling blood sugar finally, eating better, but gaining weight

    For about 2 years my sugar levels averaged 250-350, in that range. I started getting serious about the situation about 2 weeks ago. For 2 weeks, my blood sugar has been under 200 by sticking to a good Novolog plan. I've been eating less carbs and calories in general.
    I've gained 15 lb in these 2 weeks (245lb to 261lb). I'm not sure I understand what is going on. I think it has to do something with glucose energy being stored. What should I do? I do get some excercise, but it is very difficult to move around when you're this big, too. But I do try to move around as much as I can.
    Has anybody any answer?

  2. jwags

    I think exercise is very important. If your bgs have been very high for several years a lot of the nutrition was not getting into your cells. You say you are eating less carbs and are seeing better bgs. How many carbs are you eating per meal. It took me a lot of experimenting with different levels to find what worked for me. To lose weight you have to find the right balance of low carb, fat and protein. I don't have to count calories but some may have to in order to lose weight. As far as exercise, start out small, just walking 1/2 mile . Then as you get stronger add a few minutes on every day. There are lots of exercise DVD's out there that you can do in the privacy of your own home. You can even borrow some from your local library. You don't need super intense exercise to lose weight, just keep moving.

  3. catslnesme

    I believe it is because your body has been in a malnurished state for so long. The same thing has happened to me. The higher my numbers the lower my weight. When I improved my numbers I gained weight. Last May, I was at my nephew's wedding. I gained 10 pounds in 3 days. I wasn't happy... but my blood sugars were down. This year in March and April my numbers were near and above 300. My weight was at or under 250 pounds. In May I started getting my Blood sugars back down near 200... I gained 5 pounds back. Now I am at 254 after a low of 248 in March I believe. So you have to have both I believe to have sustained weight loss, low blood sugar and lose weight. It is a process. Walk as much as you can. I walk 40 minutes a day and i still can't get my diet under control.

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