From London, England:
There are many things that I don't find and one of them is: How can I find out the way to get fatter? Many times I've read about people with weight problems but I've never read anything at all about those who, like me, want to increase their weight. Eating more seem to be the logical way but, what about doing more sports or increasing my insulin doses?
It is very unusual for someone with diabetes to be unable to gain weight if they want to. However, I have seen this problem in a teenage girl who had always been very thin even before diagnosis. There's no doubt that shape is, to some extent, genetically programmed. You mentioned exercise and, although this obviously burns calories, it's important that you don't give it up because it has more important benefits in terms of cardiovascular fitness and psychological well being. Additionally, exercise makes your body more responsive to insulin so, in theory, you are more likely to put on weight if you eat more after exercise. Basically, you have to find a balance between the three main elements of blood sugar control - insulin, food and exercise. If you eat more, you will have to put up your insulin dose otherwise you will get high blood sugars. Speak to your dietitian to ensure that you are eating the correct things - it would be a mistake to simply eat a lot of fatty foods.
Original posting 3 May 97
|Return to the Top of This Page|
Last Updated: (none)
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.