Does high blood sugar put weight on?

By simplysweetky Latest Reply 2008-10-31 10:05:38 -0500
Started 2008-10-28 15:44:07 -0500

It so hard to lose them pounds.

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Lito - 18599
Lito - 18599 2008-10-31 10:05:38 -0500 Report

I was wondering why I was lossing weight before I was diagnosed with High Blood Sugar ten years ago. I went to my doc for a check and found out I am diabetic. Before my weight was 75 kgs., now I'm only 50 kgs.

The answer to your question is NO.

Anonymous 2008-10-29 04:13:41 -0500 Report

Right before I was diagnosed I was sick so I lost weight. But what is killing me now is taking the insulin has put so much weight on. Every time my insulin was raised so did my weight. Eating healthier and less and exercising more has not help in losing. I am so frustrated. I cannot wait till my A1c comes back next week to see if I can give up the insulin and stick with pills, Doctor said if it was 7 or below I could go off and see if the pills will work as well. then maybe the weight will start to come off. Also like the others said when your sugar is high you tend to want to eat more because you think you are hungry all the time but what is happening the sugar wants more carbs to feed on. So you tend to eat more junk foods. try and have carrots, celery cut up. Or make a big thing of carrots, celery, cherry tomaotoes, onions, squash, radishes, and put on some low fat italian dressing and it keeps for several days and the vegetables get yummier and yummier. or you can add it to salads or stir fry with some chicken. I have found if I have lots of things already cut up that is quick I will not snack on bad things as much.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-10-29 04:02:04 -0500 Report

Well, I know right before diagnosis when my son's blood sugars were the highest they've ever been, he was losing weight like crazy. His body couldn't use any of the glucose that he was eating. Sugar was going into his blood but without insulin, his muscles couldn't access the sugar, so it went to the kidneys and straight into the bladder. In fact when the body can't access the sugar, all it can burn is fat. And when the fat's gone, it starts to burn muscle to stay alive.

I realize this is probably different for type 2 diabetes, but it still makes sense that if your blood sugar is high all the time, your body has to burn fat for energy. However, this is NOT an option for trying to lose weight. It is so dangerous. In fact, if your body is burning too much fat, it will put you into ketoacidosis, which can kill you.

GabbyPA 2008-10-29 02:43:34 -0500 Report

There are so many causes for weight gain, that it is hard to say that one thing causes it. I know that when my levels are high, I also start to crave more junk. It is a bad cycle to be in and it takes some discipline to get over the hump.

But there are things like certain meds that can contribute to weight gain. Also emotional things like depression will maks us not want to be active and that adds to the problem. Of course there is just eating the wrong foods. Sometimes we cut back, but on the wrong kinds of things and our weight is affected by that as well.

I would keep a journal of what you are eating, how much, when and your meds that you take. Also add to that how you feel that day and what kind of activity you were involved in. Those things are tools that can help you find what is going on with you. They are windows into finding causes and solutions.