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Why Do Type 2 Diabetics Lose Weight Without Trying?

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The bitter truth about diabetes Your family loves to eat cereal, bread, pasta and rice. And who doesn’t? The problem is that these foods turn into glucose (sugar) in your body. In most cases, a hormone called insulin turns this sugar into the energy your body needs to move and do everything you do. But if your body doesn’t make any insulin, or doesn’t make enough, the sugar stays in your blood. Too much sugar in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. It can cause heart disease and stroke. It can even cause you to lose a foot or a leg. A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also check your glucose levels often and take medicine and insulin if prescribed. The types of diabetes Children get type 1 diabetes most often even though anyone can get it at any age. Symptoms can be: Being very thirsty Urinating often Feeling very hungry or tired Losing weight without trying Having sores that heal slowly Having dry, itchy skin Losing the feeling in your feet or having tingling in your feet Having blurry eyesight Those who are older, obese, don’t exercise, or have diabetics in their family, run a higher risk of having type 2 diabetes. Symptoms can be: Being very thirsty Urinating often Feeling very hungry or tired Losing weight without trying Having sores that heal slowly Having blurry eyesight Pregnant women can also get diabetes. It’s called gestational diabetes. It goes away after giving birth, but it does increase the chances of getting diabetes later on in life. Did you know? 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes. That’s 8.3 percent of the population! Anyone can get diabetes. But some groups are at hig Continue reading >>

Keeping The Pounds On: Causes Of Unexplained Weight Loss

Keeping The Pounds On: Causes Of Unexplained Weight Loss

Our society is obsessed with weight, if you haven’t noticed. More than two thirds of US adults are overweight or obese, there are more diet books published than we can count, and, of course, we have the privilege of watching shows like The Biggest Loser to help keep us in line. And according to government statistics, more than 85% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. So it stands to reason that much of the focus of managing Type 2 diabetes is based on reaching and staying at a healthy weight. It’s important to note that thin people can get diabetes too, and not just Type 1 diabetes. In a 2008 study published in the journal Diabetes Care, adults age 60 to 79 years old with a body-mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 (which is considered to be underweight) were 30% more likely to get Type 2 diabetes than adults with a “normal” BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. In a society where being thin equates with beauty, youth, intelligence, and success, there is often little sympathy or patience for people who are too thin and who desperately want to gain weight. If you’ve struggled with losing weight and keeping it off, you know all too well how challenging that can be. People who want to gain weight often face the same kind of battle. And to have diabetes on top of that can make it doubly difficult. First things first: identify the cause If you have diabetes, are underweight, and would like to gain weight, it’s helpful to first have a talk with your doctor. Make sure there are no health or medical reasons for you being underweight (especially if you’ve recently lost weight without trying) such as having an overactive thyroid, a digestive disorder (such as Crohn disease), or cancer, for example. A physical exam, blood work, and other tests may be needed to rule out certai Continue reading >>

Six Diabetic Weight Loss Mistakes - Avoid Them And Lose Weight

Six Diabetic Weight Loss Mistakes - Avoid Them And Lose Weight

Avoid these six diabetic weight loss mistakes and you can win the frustrating battle of trying to lose weight with type 2 diabetic dieting. Diabetic weight loss mistakes can make your already difficult battle with obesity much harder. But you must not get discouraged and quit. The consequences to your health and quality of life are much too high a price to pay. Why is losing weight so hard with type 2 diabetes? In the first place insulin resistance can cause more weight gain. The result of too much free insulin is more fat deposits. Besides this, every medication you were given to control your blood sugar adds to weight gain, and that includes insulin injections. Our Western style diet of convenience food is loaded with sugar, fat, nitrates and MSG among other things. Everywhere it has gone the local people have seen an enormous rise in obesity and in type 2 diabetes. As type 2 diabetics are getting younger in countries like India, many think it is because of adopting our Western diet. So trying to lose weight while eating a convenience food diet is going to frustrate a type 2 diabetic. You are already fighting insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. Just like David facing Goliath, it's not about how strong your enemy is. It is about how well you pick your stones and your targets. Remember David and his five smooth stones? Here are six stones for you, six diabetic weight loss mistakes you can avoid. There is such a thing as a 600-calorie diet, and there are people who try it. I've done it myself. It will lead you to lose weight but it has two problems. First, you cannot get the things you need to keep you healthy at such a low level, and if you try to exercise on an extremely low calorie diet you will fail. Building muscle is impossible without calories. The second pro Continue reading >>

Unexplained Weight Loss

Unexplained Weight Loss

Tweet Unexplained weight loss is the term used to describe a decrease in body weight that occurs unintentionally and can be a warning sign of diabetes. The amount you weigh is determined by a number of factors including age, your calorie intake and overall health. Once you reach middle adulthood, your weight should remain relatively stable from year to year. Losing or gaining a few pounds here and there is normal, but unexplained weight loss that is significant (10 lbs/4.5kg or more or over 5% of your body weight) or persistent may signal an underlying medical condition. Unexplained weight loss means weight loss that occurs without trying through dieting or exercising. What are the possible causes of unexplained weight loss? Unintentional or unexplained weight loss can be caused by a number of things, including depression, certain medication and diabetes. Potential causes of unexplained weight loss include: Tweet Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels) due to the body: Being ineffective at using the insulin it has produced; also known as insulin resistance and/or Being unable to produce enough insulin Type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body being unable to metabolise glucose (a simple sugar). This leads to high levels of blood glucose which over time may damage the organs of the body. From this, it can be understood that for someone with diabetes something that is food for ordinary people can become a sort of metabolic poison. This is why people with diabetes are advised to avoid sources of dietary sugar. The good news is for very many people with type 2 diabetes this is all they have to do to stay well. If you can keep your blood sugar lower by avoiding dietary sugar, likely you will never need lon Continue reading >>

Is Weight Loss Caused By Diabetes Dangerous?

Is Weight Loss Caused By Diabetes Dangerous?

Ask the experts I have a friend that is 35 and has diabetes. For the past eight years, his weight has always been in check and if anything he may have been a little overweight. Just recently, he has lost a lot of weight and he told me that he weighs less than he did in high school. I think he looks too thin and I am concerned about his health with him being a diabetic. Should there be a concern and what kind of advice can you give me to pass on to him. Doctor's response We often assume weight loss is good and healthy. A slow steady intentional weight loss using nutritional change and exercise is associated with beneficial effects on the heart, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. In addition, weight loss can reduce "insulin resistance" and make muscles and fat tissues more sensitive to circulating insulin levels in the blood. What type of diabetes causes weight loss? A reduction in insulin resistance is problematic because insulin is needed to help glucose enter these tissues to be metabolized. If these tissues are resistant to insulin, higher than normal levels are needed for this process to occur. This is often the case in Type 2 diabetes. As a result, a vicious cycle occurs, the higher the insulin levels are, the harder it is to lose weight (insulin is anabolic, and is a hormone that likes to store fat). On the other hand, the heavier a person is, the more likely they are to have higher insulin levels. As you can see, the cycle is often hard to break. What causes unintentional weight loss in diabetes? While intentional weight loss in people with diabetes is usually a good thing, unintentional weight loss is not. If blood sugars are very high, patients with diabetes tend to urinate a lot, and this results in dehydration as a possible cause of weight loss. Also, mus Continue reading >>

How To Put On Weight When You Have Diabetes

How To Put On Weight When You Have Diabetes

Not everybody with diabetes needs to lose weight. Some people have the opposite problem; the pounds just won’t stay on. Although certainly a great source of calories, filling up on hot fudge sundaes isn’t the best way to fill out your frame if you have diabetes. Before we talk about some healthful strategies for weight gain, it is important to make sure your efforts to add a few pounds are not sabotaged by out of control blood glucose numbers. If your glucose level is very high, all the extra calories in the world won’t have the desired effect. When the body perceives it is starving –that is essentially what occurs when it can’t use all the glucose building up in the blood stream– glucose (energy or calories) spills into the urine. So instead of keeping those precious calories to add muscle and some fat you will end up losing weight. If you are losing weight and your glucose levels are in good control then a visit to your health care provider is in order to look for other causes of weight loss. The old adage says; to gain a pound a week, add 500 calories a day to your current calorie level. Now new research tells us that this isn’t entirely accurate, but it is still a good place to start. You can find out about how many calories you are eating now by using any one of a hundreds of nutrition management websites on the internet: Caloriecount.com, Myfitnesspal.com and Fitday.com are three options. One of the first things to look at when you are trying to gain weight is low calorie foods to eliminate. Plain beverages such as black coffee or tea, broth soups, low calorie salads all fill you up without providing much in the way of calories. All of your food chooses should be as calorie dense as possible. If you like salads for example, keep the lettuce to a mini Continue reading >>

9 Scary Reasons Why You're Suddenly Losing Weight Without Trying

9 Scary Reasons Why You're Suddenly Losing Weight Without Trying

If you’ve set out to lose some weight and you’re watching the pounds melt off, congrats! Everything’s working the way it’s supposed to. But if you’re unintentionally losing weight, don’t start celebrating. Your weight is a marker of your overall health, and large fluctuations in your weight could mean that there's something seriously wrong. Deep breaths. We're not trying to freak you out. But, when it comes to all things health, it's always best to play it safe, right? Plus, a quick appointment with your doctor will determine if you're all good, or if there's need for further testing to pinpoint any underlying causes that warrant medical intervention. Easy peasy. “If you lose 5 to 10 percent of your body weight over the course of three to six months, you need to get checked out,” says Reshmi Srinath, M.D., assistant professor of diabetes, endocrinology, and bone disease at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. So, for example, if you start out at 150 and inexplicably drop to 135 in a matter of months, that's a sign that something's not quite right with your health. Meanwhile, if you long ago shunned the scale and notice your clothes becoming baggy, that's another reason to check in with your primary-care physician to figure out what's moving the scale. Before your appointment, brainstorm any changes that have occurred in your lifestyle, eating habits, or sleep schedule, as well as any symptoms that you've been shrugging off, such as fatigue or headaches. These could all be clues to help determine what's really going on. Here, nine whammies that you and your doctor will want to rule out as reasons for your unintended weight loss. Let’s just go ahead and get the “C” word out of the way. Yes, cancer can lead to rapid weight loss. “If someone Continue reading >>

10 Reasons Why Unexplained Weight Loss Is A Serious Problem!

10 Reasons Why Unexplained Weight Loss Is A Serious Problem!

Read in Hindi You are not dieting; you don’t work out to lose weight; and you are losing weight quickly. Initially, you are not concerned, maybe even you are pleased a little. However, unexplained weight loss and fatigue are two of the commonest symptoms you will experience with a progressive illness. There are many possible causes of sudden weight loss and some of which might be caused due to a serious illness. Here are 10 common conditions that cause unexplained weight loss. #1 Diabetes Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which you may have high blood glucose levels (blood sugar) either because sufficient insulin is not produced in your body or because your body does not respond properly to insulin, or even both. Here are some expert tips to keep diabetes in control. Symptoms: Frequent urination, excessive thirst, intense hunger, weight gain (type-2 diabetes), significant and sudden weight loss (especially in type-1 diabetes), fatigue, cuts and bruises not healing properly, numbness or tingling in feet and hands. #2 Depression Depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer. Here are 5 interesting facts about depression. Symptoms: Not sleeping or sleeping too much, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts, feelings of hopelessness and /or helplessness, irritable, suicidal, significant and sudden weight loss. #3 Overactive thyroid The thyroid gland produces the hormones thyroid which regulates your body’s metabolism, for example, your heart rate, how quickly you burn calories, and digestion. Thyroid gland also produces a hormone calcitonin that regulates the level of calcium in your blood. When the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone (overactive), the condition i Continue reading >>

Why Have I Lost Weight Without Trying?

Why Have I Lost Weight Without Trying?

Unexplained Weight Loss If you lose more than 5% of your weight in 6 to 12 months, tell your doctor, especially if you’re an older adult. That would be about 8 pounds if you weigh 150, or 10 pounds if you weigh 200. Sudden weight loss without a reason can be a sign of a health problem. If your thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone, it revs up your metabolism so you burn more calories and lose weight. You also may have more bowel movements and a racing heartbeat, and you may feel anxious. Your doctor can help you manage it with medicine. She may also talk to you about surgery to take out all or part of your thyroid. Insulin is a hormone your body makes to turn blood sugar into energy. If you have diabetes, you either can’t make insulin or can’t use it the way you need to. When your cells run out of fuel, your body thinks it’s starving and starts burning fat and muscle. This makes you lose weight. You may also be thirsty, tired, hungry, or pee more than usual. Talk to your doctor right away if you notice these symptoms. If you have diabetes, she can help figure out a treatment plan that’s right for you. If you have this, your body reacts to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. When you eat it, your immune system -- which helps you fight off bacteria and other germs -- attacks your small intestine by mistake. That can make it hard for your body to take in nutrients, and that can lead to weight loss. You also may have headaches, itchy skin, sores in your mouth, and joint pain. Only a doctor can tell you for sure if you have it. If you do, you’ll need to follow a special diet to stop the symptoms. Drugs used to treat certain health conditions may ramp up your metabolism so you burn more calories or make you less hungry. These include: Stimula Continue reading >>

Warning Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes

Warning Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes develops when the pancreas cannot make enough or properly use insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Without adequate production or utilization of insulin, the body can’t move blood sugar into cells, which can lead to damage to the kidneys, legs, feet, eyes, heart and nerves and can lead to kidney failure, blindness or stroke. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, the perfect time to learn and recognize the warning signs of type 2 diabetes, which will help you diagnose the disorder early so you can seek the treatment and care that you need to manage or prevent the development of diabetes. Before developing type 2 diabetes, many people develop prediabetes. Prediabetes occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes carries with it increased risk for heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, The American Diabetes Association says that there are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, which is generally only diagnosed after testing. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes There are several symptoms of diabetes, but not everyone will experience the same signs. A blood test is the only way to know for sure if you have diabetes. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include: unusual thirst frequent urination feeling very hungry feeling very tired losing weight without trying sores that heal slowly dry, itchy skin feelings of pins and needles in your feet losing feeling in your feet blurry eyesight Risk Factors Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity and physical inactivity. Personal history of gestational diabetes and family history of diabetes are additional risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. People of certain race and ethni Continue reading >>

Weight Loss As A Symptom

Weight Loss As A Symptom

As a rule, if you have lost weight and do not know why then see a doctor. A doctor's assessment and tests will usually be able to find the cause. Weight loss is often a matter of choice - we choose to change our diet and exercise habits to become more healthy. If there is a clear and healthy reason then weight loss is normal. However, it is also common to lose weight if you have a serious disease. For most serious diseases, there will usually be one or more other symptoms that develop well before any weight loss. The weight loss in these situations is explained and can often be expected. However, occasionally, the first symptom to develop in some serious diseases is weight loss. Other symptoms usually develop at some point later. Also, some people with weight loss as a first symptom actually have one or more symptoms if they were questioned about them. But, they may not have been aware of the significance of the other symptoms. For example, weight loss is a common symptom of untreated type 2 diabetes. Some people may see a doctor to say that they have lost weight and don't know why. A doctor may then ask if they have been passing more urine than usual (a typical symptom of diabetes). To this question the person may say something like "now you mention it, yes I have. But I had just put that down to my ageing prostate gland and not thought much about it." The rest of this article lists some of the more common conditions where weight loss is sometimes the first symptom noticed by the person, relative or friend. It does not relate to people who are dieting or exercising to lose weight deliberately. The list is not exhaustive. On the Forums 56 years (male, former smoker)- I am 5 feet 5 inches. Generally my body weight varies between 59 to 62 kgs when I am healthy. I have bee Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes And Weight Loss

Type 2 Diabetes And Weight Loss

Many people who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, in fact in many cases; this is one of the reasons that they have become diabetic in the first place. For many people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, weight loss can bring blood sugar levels back in line and avoid the need for medications such as insulin to control levels. However, for diabetics the process of losing weight can be more complex than for an individual with normal insulin production and controlled blood sugar levels, as there are more factors to consider when starting a diet. Changes in blood sugar must be monitored closely and medications may need to be adjusted as weight is lost. It is also important to keep intake of carbohydrates regular and controlled, whilst still reducing overall food intake to cut calories. For these reasons it is not advisable for a diabetic person to embark on a weight loss regime without the supervision of a health professional. The benefits of weight loss Studies have shown that even the smallest reduction in weight can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, even for very overweight people. Diet and exercise was found to reduce the risk of diabetes in at risk individuals who were overweight and had high blood sugar levels by around 58% in a National Institute of Health study. It is also agreed by experts that 5-10% weight loss in type 2 diabetics significantly reduces blood sugar levels and in some cases can mean they no longer require medications. The American Diabetes Association says that a weight loss of 10 to 15 pounds can have the effects of Lowering blood sugar levels Reducing blood pressure Improving cholesterol levels Reducing the strain on joints such as the knees and hips. Weight loss also gives people more energy, helps them to feel mor Continue reading >>

Diabetes In Older People

Diabetes In Older People

On this page: Diabetes is a serious disease. People get diabetes when their blood glucose level, sometimes called blood sugar, is too high. The good news is that there are things you can do to take control of diabetes and prevent its problems. And, if you are worried about getting diabetes, there are things you can do to lower your risk. What Is Diabetes? Our bodies turn the food we eat into glucose. Insulin helps glucose get into our cells, where it can be used to make energy. If you have diabetes, your body may not make enough insulin, may not use insulin in the right way, or both. That can cause too much glucose in the blood. Your family doctor may refer you to a doctor who specializes in taking care of people with diabetes, called an endocrinologist. Types of Diabetes There are two main kinds of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body makes little or no insulin. Although adults can develop this type of diabetes, it occurs most often in children and young adults. Type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body makes insulin but doesn’t use it the right way. It is the most common kind of diabetes. It occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults, but it can also affect children. Your chance of getting type 2 diabetes is higher if you are overweight, inactive, or have a family history of diabetes. Diabetes can affect many parts of your body. It’s important to keep diabetes under control. Over time, it can cause serious health problems like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and circulation problems that may lead to amputation. People with type 2 diabetes also have a greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease. What Is Prediabetes? Many people have “prediabetes.” This means their glucose levels are higher than normal but Continue reading >>

Diabetes Warning: Do Not Ignore These Signs Of Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Warning: Do Not Ignore These Signs Of Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes symptoms include urinating more than normal Type 1 and 2 symptoms are similar Having an unquenchable thirst and feeling more tired than usual are also symptoms Untreated diabetes could lead to diabetic ketoacidosis Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are different conditions, but they present similar symptoms. However the majority of people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood. The signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes should never be ignored. If they are not treated, the condition can lead to serious and complex health conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Untreated type 2 diabetes can affect the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. The common symptoms of diabetes include: Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night Excessive urination can be triggered by excess glucose in the blood which interferes with the kidney’s ability to concentrate urine. Being really thirsty The medical term for increased thirst is puldisia. Feeling thirsty all the time, or having a stronger thirst than usual, which continues after drinking can be a sign of diabetes Feeling more tired than usual Feeling tired can be a symptom of low blood sugar. Losing weight without trying to Although type 2 diabetes commonly occurs in people who are overweight - undiagnosed type 1 diabetes can make people lose weight. Being overweight can cause type 2 diabetes because the body has more pressure to use insulin properly to manage blood sugar levels. Genital itching or thrush Thrush is more common in people with diabetes. This is because high sugar levels can cause yeast to grow. A dry mouth - also a symptom of the condition - can also increase the risk of the infection Cuts and wounds take longer to heal This occurs because diabetes can affect the immune system Continue reading >>

Type 2 Diabetes: 8 Steps To Weight-loss Success

Type 2 Diabetes: 8 Steps To Weight-loss Success

Losing weight is at the top of many people's to-do lists. But for those with type 2 diabetes, weight control is especially important. “Carrying excess body fat increases the body's resistence to insulin, making blood glucose management more challenging,” says Sue McLaughlin, RD, CDE, past 2009 national president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. "According to the World Health Organization, 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese." In fact, research indicates that the longer someone has a high body mass index or BMI (a common measure of being overweight or obese), the greater their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It’s no secret that losing weight — and keeping it off — isn’t easy. But it is possible, and the benefits for those with diabetes are great. So how do you get started? Experts say the right way to lose weight is to incorporate a healthful diet into your overall diabetes management plan. Diabetes Diet Control: Steps to Success Here's how to get started on the path to weight-loss success: Get physical. Exercise can help keep off the weight. “Research shows that people who increase physical activity along with reducing calorie intake will lose more body fat than people who only diet,” says McLaughlin, now a certified diabetes educator at Nebraska Medicine, Children's Hospital and Endocrine Clinics, in Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. For confirmation, look at the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), a database of 10,000 men and women who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off. Only 10 percent reached and maintained their weight-loss goal without exercise. Most people in the register chose walking as their form of exercise. Eat breakfast. The most effective diabetes die Continue reading >>

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