Excessive weight gain has in the past been linked with diabetes, neglecting the fact that thin people are also at the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes. Research shows that eighty five percent of Type 2 diabetes patients are over-weight while only a small portion are thin or physically fit. This has made many to draw conclusion that diabetes does not cause weight loss. Well, this is entirely false because weight loss is in fact a sign that is common in diabetes detection.
Fluctuation of body weight has become a common symptom of type 2 diabetes and still remains to be a possible sign of type 1 diabetes. Constant or rather frequent urination is a sign that medical experts use to determine if one is suffering from diabetes, a symptom which also contributes to weight loss. Plenty of the calories are lost through sugar that is emitted from the body while urinating, thus adds to the possibility of weight loss in diabetic patients.
Unlike type 2 diabetes, Type 1 patients depend on injections because their bodies don’t produce any insulin. Consequently, sugar that is consumed in foods is not availed by the body cells. This causes constant hunger and is also a major trigger for weight loss in the patients.
According to the health experts, high glucose level in the body is not healthy and may result into weight loss. As a result of the inability of a diabetic patient to produce enough insulin, the glucose in their bloodstream is not absorbed into the body cells. Subsequently, the body starts generating alternative sources of energy by breaking down body fats which will in turn lead to weight loss.
In order to get rid of excess sugar in the body, the kidney has to work overtime. This is due to lack of insulin in type 1 patients and low insulin production in type 2 patients. According to experts, this does not only damage the kidney but also consumes a lot of energy in the process. The entire procedure uses body calories and may cause weight loss in severe cases.
The combined symptom of thirst and frequent urination is another sure way of losing weight for the patient. Thirst comes about as a result of excreting plenty of fluids during frequent urination. One is left dehydrated after losing body fluids, after which he or she will become thirsty and take more water. Taking of water multiple times in a day will only lead to frequent urination, resulting to more sugar and body fluid loss through the urine.
Although individualized, certain medications that are prescribed for diabetic patients also trigger weight loss. Metformin, for instance, controls type 2 diabetes by limiting glucose production in the liver. This increases the sensitivity of the body to insulin by decreasing glucose absorption by intestines. Blunt appetite, diarrhea and vomiting are some of the possible effects that few patients incur when they start taking the medicine.
Research shows fifty percent of diabetes patients are at a risk of being depressed. At the state of depression, the patients easily lose weight and are advised to seek counseling sessions.