Why Do Undiagnosed Diabetes Lose Weight

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One Man's Weight Loss Was A Sign Of Type 2 Diabetes

Kim Palmaffy was diagnosed with diabetes at age 51. (KIM PALMAFFY) If you have type 2 diabetes, you may feel abnormally thirsty and have a need to urinate frequently. One other possibility? You may lose weight without even trying. If it sounds like a weight-loss dream come true, it's actually more of a nightmare. Because your body doesn't have enough insulin or is losing sensitivity to insulin, you can't shuttle blood sugar into muscle cells. Blood sugar rises to toxic levels and you begin to excrete that excess sugar into the urine. At this point some people may shed pounds without dieting. Kim Palmaffy, 61, a contractor in Maplewood, N.J., was close to 300 pounds when he began to show signs of type 2 diabetes ten years ago. At 5'10", he knew he needed to lose weight. And then it started happening all on its own. The pounds started flying off, sometimes up to three pounds a week. "I got down to like 250 pounds over a period of weeks." You may feel exhausted His clothes began to fit better, but Palmaffy was feeling terrible. "I couldn't sleep, I started to urinate all the time, and I was always thirsty." It began to interfere with his work. "I had to get off the roof and take a lea 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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