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Fri May 24 13:05:55 UTC 2013

Why am i losing weight
Asked By: bobby58  
Category: Other

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I'm 54 years old and have had diabetes for 10 years (type 2) i'm 6 foot 3in tall and have always been around 215 pounds. In the last 3 to 4 months iv'e been losing weight and i keep putting new holes in my belt. I'm not doing anything different than i was. Meds are metformin and insulin. Any help would be appreciated i'm strting to worry. Thank You Bob
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2013-06-07 20:19:57.0

Dear Bob,

Thank you for writing dLife. By it’s nature diabetes is a progressive disease that changes over time. Those changes often result in the need for a change in therapy to maintain blood glucose levels – even when you’re not “doing anything different.”

One cause of unintentional weight loss is hyperglycemia – blood glucose levels above normal. Typical signs of high blood glucose are excessive thirst, increase urination, increased appetite and glucose in your urine. When you lose glucose through your urine, you are losing calories as well – thus the unintentional weight loss.

Checking your blood glucose levels is a great starting point to uncover the root cause of your weight loss. Additionally, a visit to your healthcare provider will provide further clarity as to whether a change in your diabetes medication is necessary.

Good luck and be well…

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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Community Answers (1)
2013-06-04 15:44:20.0

What are your blood sugar numbers? And what does you Dr say about it?
Answered By: lmnohos

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