Why Does A Diabetic Person Lose Weight?
Answered by: Dr Sujeet Jha | Director, Institute of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Max Healthcare, New Delhi Q: I am 37 years old, weighing 69 Kg with a height of 176 cm. In the past six months I have lost 6 Kgs. During 3 routine fasting blood sugar tests, my sugar levels have been 160, 183, 223 respectively and I have seen that my sugar levels are increasing. My father, who is about 65 years of age, also experienced weight loss and when investigated he was found to have high blood sugar levels. Subsequently, he took ayurvedic medicine and his blood sugar levels have become normal now. I am doing exercises & diet control now. I am told that weight loss is because the body cells are actually starving due to inability of the body to absorb glucose properly. Is this true? Do I need to take protein & vitamin supplements to make up for the nutrition loss if any? A:More than 90% patient with diabetes are overweight but unfortunately in Indians (most Asians) can get this even if their weight is slightly high. Your current body mass index is 22.3 and in Indians it should be less than 23. Your waist size may be high (should be less than 88 cms) or you may have lost weight due to diab Continue reading >>