Diabetes & Weight Loss

Some of you may see that title and think, UGH.. yeah impossible! There are several facets of weight loss related to Diabetes that we’ll talk more about today. Some people have unexplained weight loss with diabetes and others have experienced stubborn pounds clinging on for dear life not wanting to budge as hard as you try shed them.

Unexplained Weight Loss

We’ll start with one that isn’t commonly thought of to be related- Diabetes & unexplained weight loss. So without even trying, people who have uncontrolled Diabetes are loosing weight.

We have seen this too many times with people who have not yet received the diagnosis of Diabetes or those that don’t manage their Diabetes appropriately.

Consider this a huge warning sign for any significant issue going on with your body. If you’re someone that has struggled with weight, it’s not normal to start loosing it without changing your diet or exercise regimen.

A normal body uses either blood sugar or fat as energy. When a person has Diabetes there’s not enough insulin produced to allow the body to absorb glucose (blood sugar) to use that as fuel. So instead, the body uses fat as energy instead and that is what accounts for the weight loss.

Stubborn Weight Loss

Oh, the stubborn fat loss that will not BUDGE! There are several reasons why this happens but most common is that the insulin that Diabetics are treated with in order to account for the pancreas not producing enough is causing weight gain or the inability to shed the pesky pounds.

Insulin is a hormone and happens to be a hormone that stores fat, kind of the opposite of what anyone would want in regards to taking a life saving medication, but thankfully modern medicine has come up with some other ways to stimulate the pancreas in order for it to produce more insulin without flooding your blood stream with insulin by daily injections.

If you haven’t already met with an Endocrinologist or Diabetic Nurse Practitioner, I would highly recommend one. They are going to be knowledgeable and be able to work out a plan that works best for your particular situation.

Medications to treat diabetic patients that aren’t insulin, but work as mentioned above include:

  • Ozempic
  • Byetta
  • Victoza
  • Bydureon
  • Trulicity
  • Tanzeum

These may be a viable option for those of you who are currently struggling with controlling your blood sugar numbers and/or weight on your current insulin regimen. If you haven’t already, please consult a nutritionist so they can give you proper guidance on what to eat and foods you need to be staying away from or reducing in your diet.

Just a fun nutrition fact- carbohydrates are full of fluff. There’s no substance in a bowl of noodles, not much nutritional value either. The more carbohydrates you eat, the hungrier you’ll be and the more you’ll want to continue to eat carbohydrates.

I’m sure we’ve all been there where we have a meal through the drive thru, but within a few hours we are starving and ready for more. Do that a few days a week and you’re bound to pack on the pounds, I know I did.

Let me know if you have had any successes in your weight loss journey as someone with Diabetes. We would all love to hear from you!

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Chelsea

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