Can Weight Gain Be a Sign of Diabetes?

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, a disease that occurs when a person has too much sugar in their blood. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or is resistant to it.

Why is insulin important?

Insulin is an important, naturally occurring hormone produced by your pancreas that allows your body to use sugar from the carbohydrates in the food you eat to create energy. It also helps regulate your blood sugar level. Maintaining a healthy, stable blood sugar level is important for protecting the health of many internal organs, including:

  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Blood vessels
  • Brain
  • Nerves

The connection between weight gain and diabetes

Those with insulin resistant cells caused by chronically high blood sugar levels may struggle to lose weight using traditional weight loss programs. This happens because their body is not burning fuel the correct way. Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, so when you have an excess of insulin resistant cells, it is more difficult for your body to burn fat. People who suffer from insulin resistance are also more likely to carry most of their excess weight around their midsection.

Common signs and symptoms of diabetes

In many cases, those with diabetes may not experience any symptoms. However, common symptoms include:

  • Increased excessive thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision

People who have been diagnosed with insulin resistance need a reduced-carbohydrate diet developed by a dietitian, as well as an exercise program that combines cardio and light resistance training.

The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss is dedicated to helping you lose weight. Our programs focus on proper nutrition for weight loss and weight maintenance so you can avoid, better manage, or even reverse diabetes.

If you’re ready to improve your health through a nutritional diet and exercise program, our weight loss specialists are ready to help you with our effective exercise program in Sacramento. Call 800-815-4881 to learn more.