Weight gain may be seen in people taking medicines for diabetes. However, keeping your weight in check is not only possible but an important part of your diabetes care.
What Is the Effect of Diabetes Medicines on Weight?
The medicines (oral diabetes pills and insulin), that you take for your diabetes, lower blood glucose levels by ushering glucose from the blood into the cells. This is good. But if you take in more calories than you can burn, your cells will end up getting more glucose than they need. The excess glucose gets stored as fat leading to weight gain.
Insulin plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels and converting food energy into fat. It also helps break down fats and proteins.
During digestion, insulin stimulates muscle, fat, and liver cells to absorb glucose. The cells either use this glucose for energy or convert it into fat for long-term storage.
Eating more calories than the body needs will lead to excess glucose levels. If the cells do not remove glucose from the blood, the body will store it in the tissues as fat.
When a person takes insulin as a therapy for diabetes, their body may absorb too much glucose from food, resulting in weight gain.
Why Is Weight Loss Important for Diabetes?
It’s different to what many believe, you don’t have to lose a lot of weight and look thin in order to enjoy the benefits of weight loss.
As per the expert doctor’s advice and studies have shown that some amounts of weight loss in overweight and obese people with diabetes improve blood glucose control, and lower the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
Additional benefits of ordinary weight loss include being less reliant on medicines for blood glucose control, as well as improved quality of life and physical working.
How Much Weight Should I Lose?
Ideally, lose 5% to 10% of your current body weight. It is better to set small realistic weight loss goals that you can achieve than high ones. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, making an effort to eat less and eat more healthily can have long-term beneficial health effects
Below is a list of ideas to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Take the advice from your healthcare and ask for guidance on what works best for you.
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