Too skinny

By Jan8 Latest Reply 2012-05-03 03:24:14 -0500
Started 2012-03-20 08:12:31 -0500

i can't figure out why I am so skinny. Before I had diabetes I was on very high doses of prednisone and weighed 180 lbs. When I was on metformin I lost 50 lbs. Now that I am a type 1 D I went down to 114. I take Novolog 5u in am,3u @ lunch,5u@ dinner and Levamir &u at bedtime. I don't get it.

46 replies

alesiafae 2012-05-02 19:48:00 -0500 Report

If only I did have the problem if being too skinny hmm might never have become Diabetic! :)

jayabee52 2012-05-03 03:24:14 -0500 Report

maybe Alesia, maybe not.

There are many Type 2s who were close to their ideal BMI when they developed their T2. So don't blame yourself, even like that. There are enough ppl who will blame you for being heavy. Kinda like morticia told Gomez in Addams Family Values movie "Don't torture yourself Gomez —— that's MY job!" LoL!

robertoj 2012-04-27 01:15:58 -0500 Report

My wife tells me that I'm scrawny. Just before the T2 dx I inexplicably lost 50 lbs in two months. My weight stays stable for awhile and then slowly declines. I have no idea why. I was a very skinny kid.

Jan8 2012-04-27 06:22:08 -0500 Report

I was a skiinny kid too. I guess we are back where we started !

jayabee52 2012-04-27 06:31:57 -0500 Report

I was rather "husky" growing up. I just lost 65 lbs last year but it is a constant battle to keep the weight off. Those who hadn't seen me for a while were concerned because they thought I might be sick. They were calmed when I told them that it was done deliberately. But as long as I am on my meal plan I am at 150 lbs if I slip off, soon I find the weight again.

jayabee52 2012-04-27 07:11:20 -0500 Report

only 5'6". at 150 the gov't weight tables for a mesomorph (the largest of the 3 body types) says I should be in the 130s My BMI is still in the "heavy" range. But I really don't want to go lower in weight. Need a little extra just in case I get really sick.

melissa1987 2012-04-14 21:51:21 -0500 Report

Omg I'm having the same problem and I'm on the same amount n kind of insulin… I can't gain any weight… It's pretty bad when I'm fitting into my nephews shirts lol it sucks bad … I take 6 units in the am n 6 b4 supper… My sugars r very high n I don't eat when there high.. I don't understand why the doctor is putting me a such a low dose when I tell him I need more. I know he wants to get me on medication instead of insulin I just don't understand why he's doing what he's doing. Oh well good luck gaining weight hun n take care

Jan8 2012-04-18 06:34:35 -0500 Report

You and me both melissa. Right now my BGs are in the 2-400s then sometimes crash down to 34. yep i know what you mean about the clothes. i don't know what my doc is trying to achieve either because if it's balance he or I am failing miserabley. Your baby is beautiful.

northerngal 2012-03-25 15:23:41 -0500 Report

How has your bs control been? Diabetics who are not in control can easily lose weight because your body can't use the food that you are eating. You feel tired, hungry and very thirsty all the time. Thats not good. Your body doesn't get any or very few of the nutrients that it requires. If the control is good, then your doc needs to check into other things. It also depends (obviously) on what you are eating. Thats part of what makes D so difficult, getting the required nutrients, but also limiting carbs and whatever causes each ipersons bs to rise. Prednisone is a steroid and often causes weight gain, especially for females. Some may just be that you are returning to what is "normal" for you. Before about age 25, its much easier to control weight than later (usually because of work and other obligations that limit exercise time, and many turn to fast food which are calorie bombs). As long as your readings are within a good range and you feel good with energy to get through your day, you are doing welll.

jayabee52 2012-03-25 18:13:42 -0500 Report

prednisone is also a med which also knocks one's BGs out of whack! (my late bride "Jem" had to take pred. and we played hell getting her Blood Glucose (BG) readings down again.

Some folks have found that after a course of Pred. they had become a Person with Diabetes (PWD) when they were not previously.

Jan8 2012-03-25 18:19:35 -0500 Report

Why hey there jayabee 1 yes you're right on about that darn pred. My doc says it's not from the pred. It's been in my body and the timing was right ( yeah right). Half the time i think they don't even know. he told me it is just another disease on the gene chain of all the autoimmune diseases I have. Well,you can just imagine how thrilled I was to hear that!

robertoj 2012-04-27 01:24:55 -0500 Report

I know how you feel and I was only on the prednisone for ten days. It sounds like your doc has his mind made up. My last doc was like that. The new one discusses things with me and we make decisions together.

jayabee52 2012-03-25 18:58:33 -0500 Report

(sarcsm font/on) NOOOO it could NEVER be from something that your Dr prescribed to you! (esp if he himself is telling you) it is ALWAYS an undiagnosed problem coming down the line! (sarcasm font/off) LoL!

Jan8 2012-03-25 18:12:43 -0500 Report

Thank you for all the great info northerngal. Now my blood Gs are starting to return to normal but rather than having highs I am getting lows and have to increase my carbs but not that much. I try to raise it by taking 3 g tabs but that doesnt do it but if I eat a rye toast with peanut butter and low sugar jam I get it into the right range. I think part of the low Bgs is because I am doing so much more now that my husband is just home from the hospital with a new knee but,I make him do what he can do and don't do anything for him that he can do for himself. lol How in the world do only 2 people have so much wash???

Armourer 2012-03-23 16:22:44 -0500 Report

When I took metformin I never lost a pound, only thing it did for me was attack my kidneys & liver. Insulin has made me gain 40 pounds even though I eat the right things and at that very little. We are all so different.

Teria20 2012-03-22 14:38:50 -0500 Report

I was taking lantas and my weight stayed the same..Medformin makes you lose weight because when I was on that I dropped 20 pounds..It could depend on the body type too

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Set apart 2012-03-20 21:58:29 -0500 Report

As a T1 also, I have lost weight in the last 6 mos. And continue to, I believe it has to do with the low carb diet I am on! I wouldn't stress too much like Jigsaw said unless you're 7 ft tall and at your weight! Make sure your diet includes healthy fats, like nuts and oils, along with food like an avocado, we gotta eat!

Type1Lou 2012-03-20 18:22:16 -0500 Report

Jan, You may wish to ask your endo about a sliding scale for your Novolog. They would need to determine YOUR carb to insulin ratio and then you would bolus at mealtimes based on how many carbs you are actually eating, rather than injecting a set amount of insulin for each meal. With the 7.6 A1c, it sounds like your body is not metabolizing all the food you eat, resulting in higher than desired BG's and a higher A1c. Immediately prior to being diagnosed as a Type 1, I lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks because my body had stopped producing insulin and couldn't use the food I ate. Frequent urination was a symptom because the body is trying to excrete the excess sugar in our blood and draws upon our muscle and fat for the energy it needs. Hope this makes some sense.

Jan8 2012-03-21 06:55:05 -0500 Report

Yes ,it does make sense ! I don't get it though because I can eat the same foods each day and will get way different readings. Yesterday I got 3 low BGs 46,50,38. I got them up but it's just so weird. No matter what kind of meal I eat,3 hrs later I'll get a low reading. My endo says they'res no rhyme or reason my body is doing what it's doing. Then other days I'll get high readings when the day before I get lows at mealtimes. So I think my Novolog should be lowered, and maybe the Levemir should be changed also. Something has to work .!!

northerngal 2012-03-25 15:31:58 -0500 Report

Does that happen at the same time each month? I found that just before my menstrual cycle, it would run high no matter what I ate or how I adjusted the insulin. Then it would plummet out of the blue, also with no explainable reason. If you keep records, go back and check to see if there is a pattern. I had to convince my Endocrinologist that this was the case and she showed me a graph with my readings from months earlier (so I couldn't cheat) and told me to point out when my cycle was. I was one day off! She now believes me. Its very consistent for the same number of days every month; the danger is the out of the blue drop. That isn't predictable. Something to think about and for all the guys reading, sorry but its part of life!

Type1Lou 2012-03-21 08:21:34 -0500 Report

Dear Jan, I pretty much eat the same breakfast and lunch each day but also can get widely varying BG's 2 hours later…go figure. Since our activity levels and mental state can all be factors, it's difficult to understand. I've found it is a ever-constant adaptation. Just keep trying for the best control you can.

MAYS 2012-03-20 15:30:18 -0500 Report

I was unbelievably skinny as a child, if I showed you a photo you would think that I was sick or something, I was healthy, strong and I felt great!
I am saying this to state that all of the charts and figures that determine a weight for height ratio do not apply to everyone, on paper yes, in reality, no!

I am now 6' 2", 210 lbs, aside from the complications associated with diabetes, which I am lucky to not have, I don't worry about what charts say, my doctor wants me to lose a little more weight fom around the middle.
I have my personal goals concerning my ideal weight, as long as I feel good, am in good health and continuing to do so, I am fine with me!

If you are in good health, taking care of yourself, and feeling good, be yourself!
Put on your favorite outfit, doll yourself up, look in the mirror and fall in love with yourself, again!
Being skinny doesn't mean that you are unhealthy!


northerngal 2012-03-25 15:34:41 -0500 Report

6'02" 210 sounds like a very healthy size to me! My family is also fairly tall and a lot of the guys would kill to be 210.

Jan8 2012-03-20 17:40:38 -0500 Report

Thanks Mays but ever since I've been on insulin I don't feel well at all. Hey as long as you feel good life is good so keep on doing whatever you'rs doing!!!

door331 2012-03-20 10:10:25 -0500 Report

It sounds like you were misdiagnosed with T2 diabetes earlier and are now recognized as T1? In any case:

Weight loss is usually thought of as healthy but for diabetics unintended weight loss is a sign that you may not have good control over your glucose. If your numbers are elevated your body will look for other sources of energy to break down since you don't have enough insulin in your system.

If your weight loss is a concern to you it might be a good idea to talk to your endo and/or nutritionist to see what you should change in your treatment.


Jan8 2012-03-20 11:10:47 -0500 Report

Thanks Eric. i was diagnosed with LADA (latent diabetes iin adults). It starts out as type2 then takes it's time turning into type 1. Crazy isnt it? I have spoken to both my nutritionist and my endo. My endo loves it. hat's just weird. The nutritionist told me I am doing fine. That's weird too. My A1C is 7.6. A bit higher than last time. My shrink thinks it's from depression. I think I'll have my internal med doc do a full workup. My endo put me in a hyperthyroid state because I have Hashimoto's Disease so they completely stopped my thyroid from working. Thx for responding and I will go back to the nutritionist.

northerngal 2012-03-25 15:40:33 -0500 Report

A hyperactive thyroid is very likely causing some weight loss. I had a completely uncooperative thyroid with sky high readings. The problem was trying to control the D at the same time. The combination created a LOT of havoc. I finally had it removed and its been under perfect control since (the thyroid, not the D). I have to take a replacement hormone every day, but it definately eliminated a lot of problems for me. As for shrinks: they think everything is from depression because its an easy diagnosis and they just pour meds down your throat. Just remember that a lot of antidepressants can raise bs to crazy levels. You don't want to go there either. I'd have a talk with the Doc

jigsaw 2012-03-20 08:21:32 -0500 Report

I don't know ! All I can see is your face, and you look very pretty ! 114lbs sounds ok depending on your height. Now, if your 7' tall, then you're definitely skinny !

Jan8 2012-03-20 11:11:56 -0500 Report

Well thx there jigsaw. I am 5'7" so maybe that's okay??

jigsaw 2012-03-20 14:26:50 -0500 Report

Seriously speaking, I think opinion and some good healthy common sense comes into play here. If you feel good and like the way you look, obviously that is of the greatest importance. If your BMI is reasonable, that's a good guideline also. I'm sure your husbands influence comes into play somewhere here also ! Personally, I think some thin women look great as well as some heavier built women! If your speaking from a health vantage point, you probably know better than I do.

Caroltoo 2012-03-20 13:29:44 -0500 Report

I am 5'4" and spent most of my life at 110 lbs. I felt good and looked great. My previous doctor refered to his chart when I said that and commented, "Oh, you must have really been skinny." I wasn't. It worked just fine. You may be in a similar situation. If you like it, stay with it, unless you think it contributes to some aspect of the disease process. If so, check it out with your doctor.

Jan8 2012-03-20 13:56:54 -0500 Report

Thx for responding Caroltoo. I'm going to check it out but if it's not broke I'm not going to fix it . LoL

Jeanae 2012-03-20 11:55:55 -0500 Report

more importantly how do you think you look? If you look at yourself in the mirror, naked do you think you look too skinny, healthy, just fine, or what? If you think you look fine and you feel fine- great. If you think you are too thin then make an issue of it with your doctor. Good luck.

Jan8 2012-03-20 13:58:32 -0500 Report

Thx Jeanae, I just look in the mirror and think where in the heck did it go? I hope not on someone else!

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