Diabetes - Type 1 Community
losing weight with type 1 diabetes
About This Community:

This patient support community is for questions related to juvenile diabetes including Celiac disease, depression, diabetic complications, hyperglycemia / diabetic keto-acidosis, hypoglycemia, islet cell transplantation, nutrition, parenting a diabetic child, pregnancy, pump therapy, school issues, and teens with diabetes.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

losing weight with type 1 diabetes

I'm 21 years old in college, and I have had type 1 diabetes for 12 years now, and i have always eaten good, and exercised regularly, but just recently, i wanted to lose some weight, around 10 pounds, but for some reason i am finding it really hard to lose weight.  I work out about 3-4 times a week. Usually i do a lot of cardio to burn the calories, so about 2 miles on the treadmill.  But i still cant lose any weight.  I was just wondering if being diabetic had something to do with that.  I already know that its harder for girls to lose weight then men, but its just very frustrating at times.  Anyone know what i can do?

thanks.
Related Discussions
Avatar_n_tn
Dear lyn01,
I am a volunteer and not a physician and can only tell you my own personal experience. It would be helpful to know what your bs or A1C are running. I know that your metabolism may have something to do with this. You stated that you are eating well and excercising. I have been researching  this issue and have not found any different studies between men and women losing weight with type 1. You didn't say if you are lifting weights or doing strength training. This can add muscle and toning and can cause a bit of weight gain. I know how frustrating this can be. College also can be full of stress and this may effect your goal. Please let me look into this further and I will post soon. You will probably get posts from others so keep in touch. You raise a very interesting question and we have other members who will contribute with more info. I will go through my research and let you know.
Thank you so much for reaching out to our forum.
Take Care,
dm
11 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I had another related question. I'm also a college student (19 years old) and somewhat overweight. I'm in fairly good control and follow a fairly healthy diet. Exercising sufficiently is rather difficult because chronic knee and shoulder injuries from high school football make many cardio and strength training exercises painful/impossible to do efficiently. Though I am in the process of attempting to fix these ailments, I was wondering if there were any addition aids to weight loss that a diabetic could use (i.e. medications, etc.). I appreciate the help.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
One of the best exercises, because of the cardio workout and very low impact ... is swimming.  I'm a lousy swimmer (I don't breathe right in the water), but whenever I swim I notice that I've burned LOTS of calories and normally lower the basal rate on my pump, so I don't have to increase my food intake.  For folks who can't put stress on knees, swimming can be a great workout.

For the young woman trying to lose weight, doing weight work will help you build muscle. All else equal, the more lean muscle we have, the more efficiently we metabolize our food.  Even tho' muscle weighs more and our weight may only change marginally, as we develop our muscles, we'll look more fit and trim.

I'm not a physician, but I've been diabetic since I was a teen (I'm now 48) and I remember my college days well.  While I didn't think of it this way at the time, there was a LOT of "body image" comparisons going on.  Almost every girl I knew was wanting to slim down and yet none of was overweight.  It's very hard to lose weight when we're at or close to our healthy weight; perhaps it's our body's way of protecting its health.

One thing I'll plead with you *not* to do, however, is to cut your insulin, create ketoacidosis, and starve yourself into losing weight.  Tragically, many young women (moreso than young men) use this dangerous method to lose weight.  In doing so, they often cause irreparable organ damage and never do end up "looking" the way they long to.  If you find yourself flirting with that type of weight loss bullet, please please please visit your doctor, the college health center/infirmary and ask for help to overcome that problem.  It is shockingly common for teen girls and young adult girls to have diabetes and anorexia or bulemia.  Those conditions are treatable.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Dear Doc1490,

As a volunteer and a mom wth a son with diabetes, I can only give you my own personal experience. While I am not a doctor, I would like to know if you are counting your carbs? If you are following a good diet and counting your carbs it can be very helpful. I also understand painful joints and,swimming, because of the fluid motion, can be very helpful. It can relieve stress on the joints and give you a great workout.

I would also like to see you to scroll back to "need help" on 1/20/04 for an added comment.

Keep in Touch,
dm
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
My eating habits are normal for the most part, I could never give up food, so the thought of becoming anorexic was never an option.  I don't even eat that many carbs, but if i do, I am an active person so I burn the calories, but still i am seriously thinking its imposible to lose weight...my friend works out with me, who weighs the same as me, but she isnt diabetic, but she will lose weight so much easier.  Its just not fair, because we do the same exact thing, but i can't lose a single pound, but of course i can gain weight.  I used to do some weight training, with lifting weights to build muscle, but then i noticed when i weighed myself, i had put on weight, because muscle weighs more than fat...and i mean i know i didnt put on any more fat, but i still didnt want to weigh any more than i did, so now i will only do cardio, any kind of cardio.  But yeah college is tough being a girl, and no i am not overweight, i mean i am really healthy looking, but spring break is coming up, and i would just really benefit losing some weight...i would love to swim to burn the calories, but its hard getting access to a pool, the gym i go too doesnt have one, so treadmills are my only option as of now, i just thought for some reason that being diabetic had somehting to do with losing weight...oh well, either way i am still going to try!! :)
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Dear Lyn01,

    Just as an aside, is your priority to have a more toned, trimmer appearance in wanting to lose weight or is it health related? Because if it is primarily an appearance/feeling, even though you may gain weight numerically, you'll probably end up losing inches. For example, even though I weigh just over 200lbs, I'm about as slim as many of my friends of equivalent heights who weigh like 180 or less. I gained a lot of muscle mass from football weight training but I ended up slimmer overall. Just a thought.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Dear Doc1490-

basically, I would really like to look slimmer in appearance, i mean yes i want to lose weight for health reasons in the long run, but its just the fact that every time i get on the scale, i weigh the same, or gain weight, i mean if you looked at me you wouldnt be able to guess that i weigh as much as i do, but i have a lot of muscle from doing sports in highschool, and yeah i want to be toned, but i don't want to gain any more weight no matter where its coming from. I am just really inpatient, and want to lose weight, but yea thanks for your input!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Lyn:
   Sounds like you're doing everything right! Even without having diabetes, my friend's daughter, aged 21, was frustrated by not being able to lose weight. She met with a nutritionist who prescribed a balanced diet with X calories. Still nothing. I mentioned to her that South Beach & Atkins DO work because even "healthy" carbs make it easier for the body to retain/gain weight. The newest diabetes regimens (pump/ Lantus) eliminate the requirement to "force-feed" those carbs, so if you're on one of those management methods, that might be an option. My friend's daughter ended up losing 15 lbs & even kept the weight off when she went back to college.
    Keep in mind she is not diabetic though. I participate in JDRF's research grant review process. Last spring there were about 5 women sitting around a table, all with adolescent/young 20's daughters with diabetes. All 5 concurred that despite exercising etc, out daughters ALL had "thickened" bodies around their waist area & all had great difficulty losing weight, as compared to those with sons with diabetes, so I personally believe there IS a correlation to the exogenous insulin in females.
   Lastly, my daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac disease (which can occur in up to 10% of those with type 1). Now that she is properly absorbing her gluten-free food & her intestines are "healing", she has lost most of her "freshman 15" which were likely attributable to consuming LOTS of carbs, and never feeling satiated.It's wise to rule this out, but hopefully all 3 items I mentioned should give credence to your frustrations over why YOU can do the same thing as your friends, yet not lose weight.
Regards
Rmhb
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Dear lyn01,
I hope you are doing well. Rmhb gave you some very valuable information. I admire your healthy attitude on the proper way to lose weight. While I agree with totalmuggle on consulting with your doctor and respect other comments totalmuggle has made on other questions, I must say that running high blood sugars to lose weight can compromise your overall health. We know the complications that can result from running high blood sugars and I personally would not recommend this as a way to lose weight. I would also take LRS's advice on toning and lifting weights. Building muscle can increase what the scale says, but you will be more toned and slimmer in appearance. I would recommend that you stay off of the scale because it does not give you accurate information if you are exercising. Please keep in mind, as you are doing, the health issues. Rmhb is right when said that you are doing everything right. Please keep in touch. We care and your response's can help others dealing with the same issue's.
Best of Luck,
dm
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I desperately want to lose 30 pounds.  I am a 34 year old Type 1 Diabetic.  I have been a diabetic for 26 years.  I feel lazy, tired and only motivated to lose weight in my mind.  I have 2 young children, work full time, and I do not have a supportive husband.  While pregnant, I kept my diabetes under strict control.  Now, I am too frazzled and busy to do so.  My A1C (s) have been around 10 for the last 12 months.  I could not lose any weight when my control was good.  It is still impossible.  I also take Paxil for depression, which I have heard causes weight gain.  Any concrete suggestions?  P.S. I do not need a pep talk.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I too have type one diabetes and struggled to lose weight over several years. Unfortunately took the unhealthy route and had extemely high blood sugars for several years to strip the pounds away (my health is now terribly effected)

In an attempt to regain my health I have recently started on the pump. My endocrinologist was suprised to know how much insulin I was on before the pump. He mentioned that I try Metformin as it may help with insulin resistance as well as the other symptoms I have most likely the causes of PCOS. I have doing so much seaching on these topics and found that insulin resistance is often related to weight gain. It is shown that many woman who start on Metformin do begin to lose weight. Again this drug is meant for different issues so best to bring it up with your doctor to see if it may be an option for you.

I have yet to actually start with the medication (appointment is on Monday). If the results are positive I will be sure to pass along the good word.

All the best to everyone.

LG
Blank
Post a Comment
To
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Diabetes Tracker
Track glucose levels, and other diabetes measurements, symptoms and medications
Start Tracking Now
Blank
FoodDiary Tracker
Track Your Daily Carbs and Overall Diet
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
139792_tn?1299416777
Blank
Dalubaba commented on Rainbow
Sep 23
139792_tn?1299416777
Blank
Dalubaba commented on gyspy09's status
Sep 10
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
njcelt commented on photo
Sep 03
Diabetes - Type 1 Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Diabetes Answerers
4851940_tn?1385441629
Blank
jemma116
United Kingdom