Diabetes cause Weight Gain to some & Loss to others

diabetes and weight

Diabetes cause Weight gain And Weight Loss in others

Diabetes And Weight loss and weight gain

Are you overweight and have diabetes as well? Or should I ask, your obesity led you to diabetes? The answer can be anything. And sometimes diabetes and weight loss are also observed in some patients. You must have heard about how diabetes is associated with being overweight or underweight. Obesity is a condition in which the diabetic may have to experience the worst outcomes. 

Diabetes And Weight Gain 

Diabetes And Weight gain

If we go back to history, we will understand the cause of weight gain or obesity and the fastly increasing number of diabetes. It is well known that our lifestyles were way more active before industrialization. And now the world has gone digital, people don’t have to go anywhere to even buy groceries. All these facilities have made our lives almost static leading to inactiveness. And lack of physical activity develops the accumulation of fat in your body and makes us obese.

Another factor for increasing obesity is high carbohydrate food. Earlier the food that was more in trend was seafood and whole grains full of fibers and other nutrients. But now those food items come in a more refined form and eventually in an artificial form. Many recipes that have high carb amounts like cookies, pasta, and cuisine of different countries have been globalized. So these are the causes (lack of physical activity, high carb food) of obesity. 

Who Is Considered Obese/Overweight?

Obesity is a condition where a person has put on a weight more than normal that affects the health of the person negatively. 

Obesity is having 20 percent more weight than your ideal weight. To know your ideal weight, you can check your BMI (body mass index). If the BMI number is above 30, you are considered obese.

What is the link between obesity and diabetes?

BMI has a strong relationship with diabetes and insulin resistance. More than 90% of patients with diabetes are obese. The American Medical Association designated obesity as a chronic disease caused by multiple factors. 

When people have too much fat, especially in the belly part, it increases the risk of diabetes. Because abdominal fat causes body cells to release chemicals that increase insulin resistance in the body. When the cells do not respond to insulin properly, the sugar accumulates in the body causing diabetes. Having a large waistline is a particularly high-risk form of obesity. Obesity also affects the metabolism of the body. 

In type 2 diabetes, too much fat and sugar are already present in body cells which makes them develop insulin resistance. And as carbs are already present in the body, consuming more increases the fat in the body. Hence making the person overweight or obese.

Diabetes And Weight Loss

Diabetes And Weight loss

People who have type 1 diabetes may experience weight loss. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin. Because of this, the sugar cannot enter body cells. When the body does not have sugar for energy it starts using fat for energy. And if the body uses fat from body muscles it results in weight loss. If you are losing weight suddenly, You should consult to doctor immediately.

So, these are the causes why our weight fluctuates in diabetes. 

Who Is Considered Underweight?

According to the BMI calculations, weight between 20-25 is considered ideal. A BMI reading between 18.5-20 is considered a bit underweight, meaning you can’t afford to lose more weight. And BMI under 18.5 means the person is underweight and needs to gain some weight.

How to manage Weight In Diabetes?

Diabetes And Weight

According to studies, a reduction of as little as 5% in body weight followed by regular exercise could reduce your type 2 diabetes risk by more than 50%. There are the following measures you can follow to get rid of obesity-

Eat Healthily

eat healthy

You can choose to go on a low-carb diet for losing weight. Eat high-fiber food like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to manage your weight. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that does not get digested in the stomach, also slows down the absorption of digestive carbs. Therefore, fiber helps in losing weight and controlling blood sugar levels as well. It helps in decreasing the risk of diabetes and other diseases.

Consult your doctor or a dietician about your diet. and try to get a customized diet plan according to your body weight.

Regular Exercise


Regular intense exercise is the best way to lose weight. It shapes your body and probably is the best way to keep yourself physically active. Exercises like aerobics, yoga, Zumba, etc. are some of the easiest and effective exercises. If you have diabetes or other health problems, consult your doctor before including any heavy exercises into your daily routine. Because some exercises like heavy lifting are not good for patients who have blood pressure or heart problems.

Take a sound sleep

Sleep well

Not getting enough sleep could be a risk factor for obesity. A number of people do not understand the importance of good sleep. Today’s busy lifestyle can disturb your sleep cycle which has a bad impact on your health. Take a good sleep for at least 6-8 hours for the sake of your health.

Manage your stress

Control Over Stress

Keeping your mind healthy is equally important in managing obesity. Although eating healthy and exercising will help too. You can find other ways to manage stress. Go swimming, spend time with your pet or friends, or do anything that makes you feel good. Sometimes people under stress start eating junk, do not do it at any cost. It will cause long-term harm for short-term comfort. 


Weight gain or weight loss is a problem that can be treated. You just need to make some lifestyle changes as mentioned above. If you have diabetes, you need to be more careful. So, consult a doctor or your healthcare team, and discuss your health problems.

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