Is it harder for juvenile diabetic teen to lose weight rather than a normal kid?

I am juvenile diabetic and would like to lose about 20 lbs. All of my friends have been losing weight with no problem but I haven’t dropped any weight 🙁 Anyone have advise? Does anyone have experience as a juvenile diabetic and losing the weight they want?

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4 Responses to “Is it harder for juvenile diabetic teen to lose weight rather than a normal kid?”

  1. dingding said:

    It’s tough for Type 1’s to lose even a few pounds, I’m in the same boat. Most nutritionists will say it’s because we have to treat our lows when we exercise, adding more calories, but that doesn’t add up for me. Some think there might be a component of artifical insulin, or the fact that we inject insulin in big spurts rather than a trickle, that might be to blame. Regardless, what’s worked best for me is keeping my carbs at less than 30g per meal, less than 100-120g per day. The weight will come off slowly, but it will come off. Your BG’s will be easier to control too. And of course get some moderate exercise a few times a week.

  2. Noccie said:

    Your endocrinologist can help you with this issue. But just like anyone else – fewer calories and more exercise. The trick is to keep you from getting too low during exercise. If you are on an insulin pump you will need to make adjustments to your boluses. On shots it’s a bit trickier.

  3. Roxie said:

    I am having the same problem. No matter how much I do it seems to take twice as long as anyone else. I was told if you take large amounts of insulin, it is harder to lose weight.

  4. Bob said:

    In the past I’ve worked with the Diabetes Society of the Santa Clara Valley as their Outreach Chairman for about 3 years. I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes since 1974.

    Know that insulin is a growth hormone. When you decrease your food intake you should be able decrease your insulin intake and with that you should start loosing weight. If you’re not already, you should be seeing a doctor that specializes in diabetes. Your doctor should be showing you how to count carbs. If you have a doctor that is telling you how much insulin to take everyday you won’t be able to control your diabetes well. Non diabetics don’t get the same amount of insulin with every meal their pancreas is constantly measuring and adjusting their blood sugar with the amount of insulin they need at the time. See if there is a local diabetes support group in your area. They are a really good source of information and support.




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