Frequently Asked Questions/Comments:
DISCLAIMER: These are just suggestions that have worked personally for me. Not every diabetic is the same, and different methods work for different people. There will be another section of the bottom regarding other Diabetics and their own methods.
1. I’ve just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I’m really worried I’m going to gain a lot of weight, will I?
Before I was diagnosed, I lost a bit of weight, but once I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic the weight started coming back on and then some. According to my endocrinologist, insulin itself does cause weight gain. However, insulin does promote a bigger appetite, which leads to the vicious cycle of taking insulin. When you are high, you are supposed to give more insulin, which results in you being hungrier and giving more insulin, and then the cycle continues which can result in weight gain. This one of the reasons why we need to have our blood sugars in control. How much weight you gain after your diagnosis is relative to your body and how you handle treatment.
2. I’ve been trying to lose weight and I haven’t shed off a pound yet. Any advice on how to lose weight for a diabetic? Is it safe to go on a low carbs diet ?
One of the most important things I discovered while losing weight as a diabetic was keeping your blood sugars in control. I found that when I had a consistent run of controlled sugar it was easier for me to lose weight. I have tried the low carbs diet, and it did work for a while, but instead of kicking carbs to the curb I suggest switching to better carbs. What I mean is whole wheat/whole grain foods, high fiber/low sugar foods, and complex carbs (here’s a list: http://www.livestrong.com/article/27398-list-complex-carbohydrates-foods/). You can’t not have carbs because they are responsible for powering your workout. Also, I definitely recommend doing HIITs (High Intensity Interval Training); you will burn more calories in less time, and you will sweat!
3. Is it impossible to lose weight while on insulin?
Absolutely not! It is definitely possible to lose weight while taking insulin, and I am one that can vouch for that. However, you need to keep your sugars in check (refer to #1).
4. If my sugars are high (like a fair bit high) , does all the energy from the exercise go to trying to bring my sugars down or is it still burning calories? I don’t want to be completely wasting my workouts!!
No workout is ever wasted (unless you gorge yourself on junk and sweets afterward!). When you workout you burn calories, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will always bring down your sugar. It will help, but rest assured, you are burning calories.
5. Are there any good exercises for Diabetics?
I don’t think there are exercises for Diabetics specifically, but from my experience I recommend cardio workouts like HIITs (refer to #2). Also, lift weights! No really, lift them, you’ll gain muscle and it will be easier for your body to burn calories throughout the day with more muscle. There are many fitspo/healthy blogs out there that can help you find a workout suitable for you. And most importantly, have fun! Don’t do a workout that makes you miserable!
From Other Sources:
“If a person has type 1 diabetes but hasn’t been treated yet, he or she often loses weight.
Then the body flushes the unusable glucose (and the calories) out of the body in urine, or pee. As a result, the person can lose weight. After treatment for type 1 diabetes, though, a person usually returns to a healthy weight.
Sometimes, though, people with type 1 diabetes can be overweight, too. They may be overweight when they find out they have diabetes or they may become overweight after they start treatment. Being overweight can make it harder for people with type 1 diabetes to keep their blood sugar levels under control.”
“Losing weight is never easy. That’s where a diabetes educator or a nutritionist can help, advises Deeb. A diabetes educator or nutritionist can develop a program that fits you and your lifestyle — a program with realistic goals, he says.
'You will need a meal plan, one that you can follow every day. You'll need to know how to alter your insulin and medication based on what you're eating and whether you're exercising more,' Deeb tells WebMD. 'That's the safest way to lose weight.'
A consultation with a diabetes educator or dietitian/nutritionist can cost from $60-$70. Typically, insurance covers the first two visits, but may not cover additional visits, says Meneghini.
Reasonably priced diabetes support groups and classes are available, frequently through hospitals. Ask your doctor or physician assistant for recommendations.”
Read more: http://diabetes.webmd.com/features/diabetes-weight-loss-finding-the-right-path?page=3
From Fellow Diabetics:
"Exercise will not bring your sugar down if it is high, not all the time. Depending on the workout, and how high it is, sex will actually bring it up. As well as workouts like insanity and p90x. Those that involve your adrenaline, will make it go up."
“To that anon: I would like to point out that everyone’s body is different. My bloodsugar gets low when I have sex. I have to eat right before or I crash. I have passed out because of it. You shouldn’t make generalizations about peoples body. Just because we have the same disease doesn’t mean things have the same affect on us, that is my biggest pet peeve.”