Weight Gain And Diabetes
Weight gain and diabetes have been on the rise over the years. It has become the most common problem for a lot of Americans and the world at large. However, it is a fact that being overweight is one risk factor for developing diabetes. In this article, we will look at some of the main causes of weight gain, and how it impacts on diabetes. There has always been a debate as to whether diabetes causes weight gain or not. This article is going to share the relationship between diabetes and weight gain and what you need to do to manage it.
Why We Gain Weight
Diabetes can cause weight loss as a result of your body’s dependence on fats for energy. Or when glucose is passed into your urine, thereby causing an increase in the amount of fluid lost from your body.
Does insulin make you gain weight? Well, some months ago, an insulin user who is a type 1 diabetic asked me why she was gaining weight. I got a little confused and I didn’t know what to say to her. But upon taking a research, I got an idea basically. Others have argued that insulin causes weight gain while others have debunked it.
In the first place, you take insulin because you want to have your blood sugar level under control. With the adequate insulin circulating in your blood, your body cells now have glucose to use into energy. And it also helps you to avoid the complications of diabetes; diseases of the eyes, kidneys, teeth, heart, nerves, and bloodstreams.
Secondly, the issue of your insulin intake comes with an effect of weight gain however, weight control is very possible. The question therefore is; how do I get my weight controlled when on insulin therapy?
What You Eat
Your food choices play a key role in your weight gain as it also bothers on your insulin intake. First and foremost, you need to be aware that you need a diabetes management plan, after which you gather your willpower which you need to get your weight controlled. Your food choices should include foods that will enable you to live healthily and reduce weight. To achieve this;
- Eat well-balanced diets: your meal should be well planned daily. A food journal is very important in this case. Your daily meals should be made of fiber-rich foods, which are less starchy are mostly whole grains foods and low carbs, fats, vegetables, and fruits. Nutritionists and dietitians are available to help you out.
- Eat-in small portions with fewer carbohydrates: you cut down on carbohydrates and reduce the large sizes of bowls to small ones. Reduce those carbohydrates and replace them with fruits and vegetables. Why the need to reduce carbohydrates? Carbohydrates have a forcible contact with your blood sugar level. And to help manage your weight, fewer carbohydrates will help you know the insulin dose you require.
- Skimp on sugary/sweetened drinks and beverages: avoid these high content sugar and sweetened beverages will increase your blood sugar levels. They contain high calories that you don’t need at all. However, you are an exception, when you do experience too low sugar blood levels. You can take sugar beverages sometimes to raise your blood sugar level a little.
- Take Medications: diabetes medications prescribed be taken on time and managed with your meals.
How Active You Become
The lack of physical movement is a contributing factor to weight gain. Well, another way to have your weight controlled is by being physically active. ‘Do it myself’ should be your quote every day. Make it a point to do things by you that way you get yourself engaged actively rather than getting it done by someone. Take a walk to the supermarket nearby, have snow cleared in your doorway by yourself than a hired person, play with your kids and grandkids around, take jogging exercises with your partner, etc. Also, being active means you require less insulin dose.
Have a lifestyle change and have your weight managed properly even though you have diabetes. Diabetes medications and insulin are recommended as these lifestyles stated above don’t help. But you need to get a hold of yourself and be positive. Diabetes and weight gain are possible but so is diabetes and weight control. The problem is staying disciplined and adhering to the management regimen when diagnosed.