How to gain weight

NikkiMT
By NikkiMT Latest Reply 2014-09-24 01:00:58 -0500
Started 2014-09-21 11:53:45 -0500

Hi everyone, I'm new here, my fiance and I just found out he's diabetic. He has been feeling sick (tired, extremely thirsty, weak, confused, losing weight) for months now. He finally agreed to go to the Dr when my mother, who is also a diabetic, recognized his symptoms and insisted on checking his BS, it was 397, by the time we got to the hospital it was over 700, that's when he was diagnosed with diabetes. They started him on metformin and glipizide. This was three days ago, so we really don't know much about it and won't see his endocrinologist until October 1st. Since he started feeling sick months ago he also started losing an extreme amount of weight in a very short time, he went from 185 to 120. He wants to put his weight back on but doesn't know how with his diet now being so strict. Has anyone else gone through this, what can he do? Also, his BS has been steady around 230-270 for the entire day after eating breakfast, when first waking up its been about 170-190, the pharmacist said this is normal because it will take some time for the meds to really start working, is this true? Any information anyone can give would be appreciated as we are near clueless right now.


5 replies

shuhad
shuhad 2014-09-24 01:00:58 -0500 Report

For the majority of Americans, "envious" is the word that comes to mind for anyone who needs to gain weight. Most people are on the other end of the scale, desperately trying to lose weight.

But for people who struggle to maintain a healthy weight or are trying to gain weight, it can be a real challenge. Reasons for needing to gain weight include health issues, lack of appetite, fueling sports, building muscle, or just trying to overcome skinny genes.

Being a little underweight is not necessarily a problem, says American Dietetic Association president-elect Sylvia Escott-Stump, RD.

"If you are comfortable, able to function and exercise, weighing a little less than your ideal body weight is not a problem and studies show it is associated with good health outcomes," Escott-Stump says.

However, if you want or need to gain weight, do it the healthy way — which is not about bellying up to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-09-23 18:26:17 -0500 Report

Has his doctor ordered/done a C-peptide blood test? This will determine how much, if any, insulin is being produced naturally by his body. He has lost all that weight because his body has been unable to convert the food he eats to usable energy due to inadequate insulin in his system. He could be a Type 1 diabetic (who produces no insulin naturally) rather than a Type 2 (who has insulin resistance or doesn't produce enough insulin). I had lost 16 lbs in 2 weeks, going from 123 lbs to 107 lbs, prior to my diagnosis as a type 1. Please keep us posted.

jNaZr
jNaZr 2014-09-22 11:28:04 -0500 Report

Nuts. Specifically raw almonds. Walnuts are great too. Use lots of olive oil. Eat olives.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-09-21 17:30:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Nikki
WELCOME to DC!

I would guess that if he does not get his BG (blood glucose) down to acceptable levels by the time you see the Endo, he may be placed on insulin injections of some kind. Insulin has this nasty side effect of opening the fat cells in the body, allowing all that extra glucose to be stored there for later use. That will reverse his weight loss and maybe he may then complain of becoming too fat.

Right now I agree with Steve below that the only way to put on more pounds is to increase the protein (meat) intake as well comsuming more "good fats" (For more info on this see ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutr... )

God's best to you

James

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-09-21 15:32:29 -0500 Report

the question is how to increase daily caloric intake and not increase carbohydrate intake.
I did just that by increasing the amount of protein and fats in my diet.
What sort of a "diet" is he on right now?

It can take up to 6 weeks on some oral medications to see the full benefit.