Type 2 Diabetes – What Are The Challenges Diabetics Face With Weight Loss?

Type 2 Diabetes – What Are The Challenges Diabetics Face With Weight Loss? – Many people with Type 2 diabetes find themselves on a road leading towards increasing weight, higher blood sugar levels, needing to take larger amounts of medications and a stronger possibility of diabetic complications. But think about this, you can reverse the trend. Weight can come down… slowly and surely. Blood sugar levels can also come down, as can the medication doses you are now taking. Many symptoms, such as those present in neuropathy, can improve… as can heart disease.
Type 2 diabetes is much like various other diseases in that it is caused by genetics and the environment in which you live your life. While genetics cannot be changed, your lifestyle can be altered.
Weight Loss: Bear in mind that just a five to 10 percent loss in your body weight can help you manage your blood sugar levels. But someone with Type 2 diabetes who needs to lose weight has a set of challenges to deal with, and the more you understand these challenges the more power you will have in achieving your weight loss goal. These challenges include:
1. Fluctuating insulin and sugar levels: This is particularly tough for people with Type 2 diabetes… especially those with “belly fat”. This fluctuation produces a “yo-yo” effect as your blood sugar falls and you become hungry. Then, if you eat too many carbs to raise your blood sugars, you gain weight. This leads to cravings, bingeing, and uncontrolled eating.
2. Postprandial hyperglycemia: This is a rise in blood sugar levels following your meal, possibly from eating too many high-GI foods. Then you become sleepy leading to a lowering in thermogenesis which means the normal bodily function that generates both heat and energy isn’t being used by physical energy… so you gain weight.
3. Carbohydrate addiction: When your blood sugars are out of balance, a diabetic will crave junk food such as sweets and starchy foods. Carbohydrate addiction is a major barrier to losing weight.
4. Food Allergies and sensitivities: It is not unusual to find overweight or obese diabetics are allergic to dairy and wheat products. Gluten sensitivity is also another problem. Gluten is found in barley, oats, rye and wheat.
5. Alcohol: Alcohol is high in calories (kilojoules) and frequently is a contributing factor to obesity.
6. Stress: Emotional issues often leads to emotional eating, add to this the increased release of various hormones. This process is related to weight gain in Type 2 diabetics.
7. Low testosterone levels: In overweight men, particularly those with belly fat, low testosterone levels are extremely common. Side effects include: depression, low metabolism of fat, fatigue, impaired insulin sensitivity, loss of muscle mass, low libido, and erectile dysfunction. The loss of muscle mass and tone makes it difficult to start an exercise program.
The more you know about the challenges you will face as you embark on your weight loss plan, the more likely it is you will be successful in reaching your weight loss goal to help reverse your Type 2 diabetes.