Most people know that your body weight can affect your risk or severity of diabetes, but did you know that diabetes can affect your body's weight? Well, it's true. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, your weight may be affected. Working to control your diabetes will help you control your weight and likewise, controlling your weight can sometimes play a role in controlling your diabetes.
So, how can diabetes affect your weight? One side affect of diabetes that is common affects those with type 1 diabetes. Your body stops producing insulin if you have type 1 diabetes. Insulin is a key ingredient for the body to use glucose, or blood sugar, which is the body's main source of energy for body function. Instead of putting the body's production of glucose to use, the body instead cannot use it, and so the glucose and accompanying calories from the food you digested are relieved through urine. This process basically prevents the body from getting enough energy from the food you eat to operate properly, maintain body weight, and grow. Many children who are stricken with type 1 diabetes suffer from mild to severe weight loss and do not grow properly. Conversely, if a person is overweight when diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, the excess fat deposits can make controlling insulin levels more difficult even with the use of medications. Those individuals who are on medication and are not losing weight should still focus on weight maintenance as becoming significantly heavier will certainly increase their risk of complications.
Type 2 diabetes on the other hand, is another story. For those with type 2, their bodies can make insulin, but their bodies cannot use it properly. This can result in high levels of glucose in the bloodstream. To control this condition, the pancreas, which actually produces the insulin, tries to correct the problem by producing MORE insulin. This can result in very serious conditions for the body and in some cases even death. This condition is more often found in individuals who are overweight to begin with, and health professionals believe that the extra body fat actually leads to this condition. For this reason, it is extremely important for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes to work to control their weight. Through the help of a solid exercise program and a healthy diet, many individuals can greatly reduce the effects of this illness and for some the symptoms will almost completely disappear.
As you can see, diabetes can greatly be affected by weight, and in some cases, diabetes can affect weight itself. The health benefits of maintaining a healthy weight have long been known, but are multiplied in those that already have health conditions to deal with. Almost every malady known to man will be improved somewhat if a healthy weight can be maintained. If this weight maintenance is achieved through a proper diet (in the case of those with diabetes, a diet that will help to prevent insulin spikes should be followed) and regular exercise, you can minimize the effects of illness and in some cases, have them disappear altogether.