Diabetes And Weight Loss – Losing Weight Without Trying
First signs of diabetes and weight loss include unexpected loss of body weight. In a world that’s obsessed with being thin, losing weight without even trying sounds too good to be true. Although your normal body weight can fluctuate, losing 10 lbs. or 5 percent of your body weight without a change in your eating or exercise habits is a cause for concern, according to the Mayo Clinic.
For some, one of the first signs of diabetes and weight loss is to feel unusually hungry but find yourself losing weight even as you are eating and drinking more than usual. Like the other early symptoms diabetes such as feeling tired, taking a lot of bathroom breaks, or excessive thirst, losing weight is another silent sign that often is overlooked. The extreme opposite to diabetes and weight loss is gaining weight that often happens as one of the early type 2 diabetes symptoms.
It is ironic that when your blood sugar is already high, the last thing you need is more sugar (in the form of food), right? But in fact, high blood sugar does cause hunger, even though you do not need more food. This is caused largely by a miss-communication within the body’s sugar regulation system.
Every cell in your body relies on sugar from the blood for food, but they need insulin to get to the sugar. It’s insulin that moves sugar from the blood to the cells. If there is not enough insulin, or if it isn’t working very well (insulin resistance), sugar piles up in the blood while at the same time, it’s not getting into the cells where it’s needed. Being in a state of high blood sugar is sort of like starving to death in the kitchen because you don’t have a can opener.
The cells don’t really realize that there is an overload of sugar just beyond their membranes; all they know is that they are not getting any and so they send out the message: I need to eat!
Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause the diabetic losing weight through muscle wasting. Diabetes and weight loss can contribute to protein breakdown. Having an insulin deficiency, insulin resistance or both decreases the production of muscle tissue and increases its breakdown.
When the body can’t properly use glucose for energy, it begins to break down stored fat and muscle tissue for energy, hastening weight loss. This weight loss is more rapid and pronounced in type 1 diabetes.
Furthermore, the reduced ability of the body to use blood sugar for energy causes it to build up in the blood and then spill over into the urine. When the blood sugar spills over into the urine it pulls water with it. This causes the increased urination associated with diabetes. The increased urination also contributes to losing weight due to dehydration.
It is important to be aware that the unexplained loss of body weight, especially when combined with frequent urination can be a part of the first signs of diabetes.