can't stop loosing weight!

By luv2tan Latest Reply 2008-09-14 04:43:12 -0500
Started 2008-06-13 05:25:51 -0500

i have type 1 diabeties. i was wondering if anyone knows away for me to gain weight? i am loosing way too much weight and cant seem to stop i am downt to about 100 pounds. i cant afford to keep loosing this weight! i look like walking bones! can someone please help me/ thanks

7 replies

odonnellp10 2008-09-12 04:43:32 -0500 Report

i also lost alot of weight 198-125 after i found out i had type 1 diabetes it took a couple months to gain weight with my insulin.i started to eat lots of cheese milk meat and eggs i gained some weight 135 now but it also raised my chloesterol and so i have since moderated my diet but seem to be staying the same weight. it would be good for you to get a depression test it could be causing the weight loss all diabetics should be screened for depression.

luv2tan 2008-06-13 08:28:33 -0500 Report

okay to answer some questions, i am a big eater! i eat all the time, its like i'm always hungry.i dont exercise that much. i work in a deli at walmart, so i think i get plenty of exercise!i never feel good, i have no energy,i have to push myself to do anything! if ive left out anything just ask! thanks

tmana 2008-06-13 10:18:36 -0500 Report

What are your blood glucose numbers like? How long ago were you diagnosed? Are you on injections or on the pump? How many calories (roughly) do you eat a day?

Constant weight loss without effort can have a number of causes. The most obvious in T1 is insufficient insulin, or resistance to insulin. Both of these will cause elevated blood glucose readings (more than 130-180 two hours after eating; more than 110 after fasting).

If you are newly-diagnosed, this could be an issue of still getting your insulin levels correctly adjusted. If you are new to the pump, you could be in an initial adjustment period — or there can be issues with the pump, the infusion sites, the cannulas, etc. which prevent the insulin from being delivered correctly. Again, this should show up in elevated blood glucose numbers.

How many calories (roughly) do you eat a day? What you consider "a lot" may actually not be enough to cover your activities — especially if you are on your feet all day. Also, how much protein are you eating on a daily basis? If you are not getting enough protein (or if your body isn't using it efficiently), you can become tired, worn out, and/or disoriented.

These are all things to think about. While nobody here can give you medical advice, hopefully we can give you things to consider and to discuss with your care team.

dolphin_dreamer1706 2008-06-13 12:52:04 -0500 Report

i know how you feel. i lost 11 and a half pounds in one week and my doctors can even find out what is wrong with me. i cant eat nothing but clear liquids right now and he has me drinking glucerna shake(a diabetic drink)


MidnightButterflyIris 2008-09-14 04:43:12 -0500 Report

if there are any symptoms of stomach troubles or throwing up or regurgitating foor alongside that.. or even without those symptoms, there could be a chance of nutrient malAbsorbtion by the body.. possible reasons for malabsorbtion could include gastroparesis, or enzyme or vitamin deficiencies. .. chronic lethargy could be a sign of anemia, as well as gastroparesis amongst other things… cross reference some of these conditions on versus your symptoms and it might help you find more focused questions to ask your doctors about reguarding what could be going on with you. if you do not feel right and your doctor continues to discharge your concerns, seek a second opinion. make it a point to log down when and how often you experience ANY symptoms whether they be familiar or unusual.. as sometimes making diagnosies can be difficult to pinpoint with out doctors having a complete picture and documented frequency of occurence.. above all you are your own best doctor. be vigilant about your own research.
I hope your puzzle gets solved.
let us know what else you find out.

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-06-13 06:02:53 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor and make sure that you are not losing weight because there is something not right with your body. That's the safest thing to do first. Excess weight loss (a problem 99.99% would kill for) can be a sign of problems that only your doctor can really evaluate.

It may also be a result of your own activities — I went through a phase where I lost 60 pounds in 5 months, all because of extreme exercise and calorie counting. When my doctor said I should have stopped 20 pounds ago, I stopped limiting my calories and changed my exercise to focus more on building muscle.

Finally, take a look at how you eat or exercise — are you eating enough? Do you exercise too much?

morris.js 2008-06-13 07:03:47 -0500 Report

luv2tan, Jonathan is absolutely correct. You need to ask your doctor about this first and foremost!
It could very well be that you are so self conscious about watching what you eat because of being type 1, you are not getting the nutrients you need to stay healthy. You don't tell us about your lifestyle and activity level, so it would be difficult for any of us to be able to help much other than giving you our support.
Please see your doc, and let us know the outcome. We are here for you. John