Does Insulin Make You Gain Weight?
Insulin related weight gain is a common issue, especially for those undergoing treatment for diabetes.
Insulin is a natural hormone produced in the pancreas. When we eat, our pancreas releases insulin to help our bodies produce energy from sugars. Insulin is a vital part of metabolism. Without it, your body would cease to function.
With type-1 diabetes, the pancreas is no longer able to produce insulin. In Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas initially produces insulin, but the cells of your body are resistant to the insulin, requiring more to do the job.
Uncontrolled diabetes allows glucose to build up in our blood rather than being distributed to cells or stored, causing major health concerns which can include kidney disease, nerve damage, eye problems, stomach problems and more.
In this episode, we’ll explore the relationship between diabetes and our weight. We’ll also discuss strategies to avoid insulin-related weight gain.
People with Type 1 diabetes need insulin therapy to live. Some people with Type 2 diabetes must also take insulin therapy to control blood sugar levels and avoid serious health complications.
As a possible side effect of Insulin therapy, people can gain weight. In order to contain that possibility, those taking insulin can manage their weight with diet and lifestyle strategies like those taught in our nutrition course. (Not a substitute for medical advice.)
Insulin Related weight gain…
Weight gain is a common symptom of diabetes.
Compared with people who do not have diabetes, young adults with type-1 diabetes have a higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. To wit, according to World Health Organization estimates (2003), 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese.
Establishing healthy lifestyle habits can help people:
- reduce excess body weight,
- manage diabetes symptoms, and even
- reverse pre-diabetes and insulin resistance.
Insulin plays several essential roles in the body. It regulates blood glucose levels, promotes fat storage, and help breaks down fats and protein.
However, excess insulin, due to our body’s response to insulin resistance, or taking diabetes medication, can lead to weight gain.
We can build simple yet effective lifestyle habits to minimize or prevent insulin-related weight gain.