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Type 1 Diabetes And Weight Loss

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Type 1 Diabetes

Overview Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar (glucose) level to become too high. The hormone insulin, produced by the pancreas, is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 – where the pancreas doesn't produce any insulin type 2 – where the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body's cells don't react to insulin These pages are about type 1 diabetes. Other types of diabetes are covered separately (read about type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes, which affects some women during pregnancy). Symptoms of diabetes Typical symptoms of type 1 diabetes are: feeling very thirsty passing urine more often than usual, particularly at night feeling very tired weight loss and loss of muscle bulk The symptoms of type 1 diabetes usually develop very quickly in young people (over a few days or weeks). In adults, the symptoms often take longer to develop (a few months). Read more about the symptoms of type 1 diabetes. These symptoms occur because the lack of insulin means that glucose stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy. Your body tries to reduce blood glucose leve Continue reading >>

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  1. Anonymous

    Using insulin can put weight on, especially if giving yourself too much insulin. A pump can give better control if you are right for it? But, it only puts up to 10lbs on. The rest of the weight is just eating too much, wrong foods, and no exercise. By exercise, I'm talking about doing something that raises your heart rate for at least 30 minutes and doing so three to five times a week.
    To answer your question, have to watch portion control, don't skip meals, eat healthier, and we all know what that means, and get to doing actual exercise. The time it takes to lose weight will be different with each individual, but trying for about 2lbs a week is healthy and you'll keep it off longer. If you are very overweight, then you'll drop alot of water weight in the first few weeks then slow down.
    Remember, the weight didn't happen overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight.

  2. Richard157

    I have been type 1 since 1945, and used animal insulins until the 1990s. I was never more than 5 pounds overweight during that time. When I started using modern day insulins I began gaining weight. I did not know what was causing it. Eventually I learned that newer insulins were causing the problem. The more insulin I used, the more weight I gained. So I gradually reduced my daily carb intake to 130 carbs. I began losing weight, but rather slowly. Exercise was also helpful. House repairs and one hour walks on roads with hills along with my lower carb diet enabled me to lose 34 pounds in 2004. I still needed to lose 23 more pounds. My overweight resulted in my being diagnosed with insulin resistance (IR), which is a type 2 characteristic. A type 1 diabetic with IR is called a double diabetic. I have been a double diabetic for 14 years.
    I am presently using Metformin along with my insulin. That med helps with my IR and helps me use less insulin. The smaller doses of insulin have resulted in my losing an additional 17 pounds. Now I am only 6 pounds above my ideal weight. I am presently able to eat more carbs without gaining weight, and I am working out at a gym three days per week.
    If your weight has doubled then you have probably developed IR, and your insulin dosages are probably high. Please speak to your doctor about this. I hope your doctor is an endocrinologist. Tell your doctor that Metformin has been prescribed for many type 1 diabetics with overweight, and IR. I use Metformin ER, which requires two doses per day.
    If you do not have IR then a much lower carb diet and lots of exercise may be your only hope for losing weight. Metformin, if appropriate, would help a lot. It may take a long time to lose all the weight, it depends on the individual, and how good you are at sticking to the new routine.

  3. Type1Lou

    I too am Type 1. Has your doctor given you a sliding scale and a personal carb ratio to help you balance the amount of insulin you need with the amount of food you eat? I have 3 carb to insulin ratios based on the time of day but what is set for me may not work for you. Prior to going on an insulin pump last August, I took Lantus and Novolog. My sense is that you are gaining weight because the insulin you take now allows your body to process the food you eat more efficiently, hence the weight gain. You probably need to reduce the amount of carbs you are eating to take off any excess weight but that would also mean reducing the amount of insulin to adjust for the reduced carbs. Definitely talk about this to your doctor. Are you seeing an endocrinologist? I finally went to an endo because I was not happy with my PCP's approach to my diabetes. I firmly believe that had I continued with the PCP I would be dead now.

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