How do I gain weight while being a diabetic; all recipes are to lose weight? In one week I will be having a tp/ait, removing my pancreas, spleen part of my stomach and part of my intestine, then rerouting my whole digestive system. I have SOD, chronic pancreatitis, IBS and other issues. They will transplant islet cells into liver. And if all goes well in 6 months I will be insulin independent. What advice do you have for me? I weigh 88-95 lbs and right now am couch and bed ridden.

Amy Campbell


I hope your surgery was successful and that you are on the mend! Gaining weight can be a challenge, but it’s certainly possible. You may benefit from eating more frequently during the day, as well as increasing your calories from fat. Nutritional supplements, like shakes, are also helpful when one is trying to gain weight. However, given your health issues, I would strongly encourage you to meet with a dietitian (if you haven’t done so already) to discuss your unique nutritional needs and work together to come up with a plan that will provide you with the nutrition that you need, as well as the calories that you need (and can tolerate) to help you safely gain weight. Your doctor can give you a referral to a dietitian in your community.

May 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

2 replies

Kimella 2013-06-20 17:19:11 -0500 Report

Harvest68, no I'm not being funny, and if I could eat what a healthy person eats I would not have asked. this is not a LoL situation and your joking on my behalf is not appreciate. Also if I could eat I would not have had this surgery. Thank you very much for reminding me of how abnormal I am and how uncaring people really are

Thank you for answering. I am continuing to lose weight ,surgery was not easy, I had several complications I also did meet with nutrionist, and diabetic educator. I'm on low doses of nuvolog and lantis. I have been eating more each day but still losing weight. The transplant coordinator gave me high calorie shake mixes but they really make my blood sugars go crazy. I haven't met with my new endocrinologist yet I only met with the one who came into the hospital

hairbear68 2013-06-20 14:28:43 -0500 Report

lol someone being funny the food only works with how much you eat so if you ear larger amount you should be eating heathy and get more colaries lol