How can gaining or losing weight affect my diabetes treatment?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Insulin resistance dictates how much medication it takes to control your blood sugar. Insulin resistance is tied to your weight, so the more you weigh, the worse it gets. If your doc has designed a perfect treatment plan for you and you gain weight, the plan won't work anymore. On the other side of the coin of the realm, if you lose a bunch of weight (and good for you!) you might be rattling around loose inside your armor. You might need a smaller suit. If your weight changes, either up or down, you'll need to check in with your doc and make sure your therapy plan is still right for you.
Diabetes Warrior: Be your own knight in shining armor. How to stay healthy and happy with diabetes.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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