How to gain weight being type 1?

By melissa1987 Latest Reply 2012-05-09 20:22:49 -0500
Started 2012-04-06 22:57:01 -0500

I was just wondering what foods r good to eat for being a type 1 but I wanna gain weight too? I feel to skinny :S

7 replies

door331 2012-04-10 17:13:25 -0500 Report

Start a strength training program and increase your daily caloric intake. You will start gaining weight.

Also, if you find your BGs are higher than you would like them to be then your body won't utilize the food you eat as efficiently. Fix this and eat more.

MAYS 2012-04-07 11:43:08 -0500 Report

Cherish the thinness while you can, the human body has a way of being cruel as you get older!


Seriously, I know what it is like, I was thin until I reached 30 years of age, I was 6 feet, 2 inches weighing 175-180 lbs, then life came knocking at my door with its companions (diabetes, weight gain, and a host of others) what a party we had!

When it was over I weighed 237 lbs, not a lot for most people, but for me way too much, I was not used to it, so I did something about it, I went back to being the person that I had known all of my life, "me."

M y weight gain was a result of the changes within my body as a diabetic, we all react differently to having diabetes, as strange as it may seem.
Everyone said "How can you gain so much weight?" and "How can you be a diabetic as a vegetarian?"

The human body has a unique way of taking very good care of itself.

Talk to your diabetes management team and a nutritionist, let them devise a plan for you with focus on your nutritional needs, be safe and healthy, never sick and sorry!


melissa1987 2012-04-07 11:21:38 -0500 Report

I don't want to be over weight just get some fat on me … I look like some kind of drug addict lol n I'm not … It's just I'm on insulin n my doctor lowed it n I don't know why cuz I can barely eat I guess it's cuz my a1c r coming back good n he wants me on medication which kinda scares me . I was excited at first but the more I think about it I think insulin would be better then a pills n god knows how many I will have to take.

jayabee52 2012-04-07 11:37:28 -0500 Report

Since you are t 1 melissa, you will be most likely be on insulin of some kind. And insulin IS medication. One of the side effects of insulin can be putting on fat.

I suspect that since you've been an uncontrolled T 1 for a long time you have been ketogenic for quite some time, which burns off fat.

Please give us your BMI so we can get an idea of how thin you might be. You will see a calculator for BMI in my initial response to my posting. Please put your height in CM in the top box and your weight in KG s and rtell us your BMI. Let's see if you truly are underweight for your height or whether there are body image issues at work here.

robertoj 2012-04-07 01:17:23 -0500 Report

When I was young I was skinny. I hated the look but I felt great. I tried everything but nothing worked. When I was injured and I lost my mobility I gained too much weight. Eat healthy and listen to your body; if you feel good physically then don't risk it. Accept yourself the way you are poor body image can lead to psychological problems. Weight training and other healthy programs to build muscle mass is the way to go if you are so inclined.

jayabee52 2012-04-07 00:54:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Melissa!

you may FEEL you are underweight but are you really? Check it out with the Body Mass Index calculator from US-HHS here ~ (since you are in Canada, I set the calculator for the metric system for you).

Once an underweight BMI is established then we can talk about tweeking your meal plans to try to increase your caloric intake, while not increasing your Blood Glucose levels a great deal.

I pray you get some good information from this discussion!


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