Unexplained Weight Loss and Type 2 Diabetes

In the previous article I noted that Type 1 Diabetics don’t produce enough Insulin and as a result their bodies will empty out fat cells. This picture shows this phenomenon. The girl pictured has Type 1 Diabetes. On the left she is untreated and the on the right she has been treated with Insulin.

The most striking thing is just how much weight she gained in four months of Insulin.

Weight and Type 2 Diabetics

As a Type 2 Diabetic I experienced something similar but puzzling if the Insulin Resistance paradigm from the previous article is true.

For some reason, along with my diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes I had sudden and unexplained weight loss. I went from in the 280s to the 230s over the course of a few months. I was doing nothing at all and was even eating more since I felt like I could – after all I was losing weight without trying.

Making Sense

What had happened was that my body had passed a tipping point where my pancreas was no longer able to keep up with my body weight. From (Unexplained Weight Loss):

In people with diabetes, insufficient insulin prevents the body from getting glucose from the blood into the body’s cells to use as energy.

When this occurs, the body starts burning fat and muscle for energy, causing a reduction in overall body weight.

My body was still producing a lot of Insulin but it was no longer able to get the glucose into the cells and it switched to fat (and muscle) burning mode.

Not a Sustainable Treatment Plan

As great as losing 50 lbs sounds it wasn’t an effective treatment plan since my cells were still Insulin Resistant. It was just that the floodgates were opened for fat to be spilled out. My HbA1C at diagnosis was 12.6 which indicates that my blood sugars were well into the 300’s (85 is a normal number).

The body was dealing with the problem the best way it could – by causing me to lose weight. The he doctors then put me on medications which caused me to gain weight (Metformin is more weight neutral than others).

Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting to the Rescue

So how do we simulate the effect of the sudden drop in Insulin to get a drop in body weight? Low carb and intermittent fasting. Reducing the carb load drops Insulin levels. Eating in a narrow window also lowers Insulin levels.


Author: Doug

I'm an Engineer who is also a science geek. I was pre-diabetic in 1996 and became a diabetic in 2003. I decided to figure out how to hack my diabetes and in 2016 found the ketogetic diet which reversed my diabetes.

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