Diabetes and weight gain

Metabolic weight gain

Metabolic weight gain

Diabetes is chronic medical problem where a person affected is unable to properly process the blood sugar. Can diabetes lead to weight gain?

Diabetes and weight gain

Insulin is a key player in developing type 2 diabetes. This vital hormone—you can’t survive without it—regulates blood sugar (glucose) in the body, a very complicated process. Here are the high points:

  • The food you eat is broken down into blood sugar.
  • Blood sugar enters your bloodstream, which signals the pancreas to release insulin.
  • Insulin helps blood sugar enter the body’s cells so it can be used for energy.
  • Insulin also signals the liver to store blood sugar for later use.
  • Blood sugar enters cells, and levels in the bloodstream decrease, signaling insulin to decrease too.
  • Lower insulin levels alert the liver to release stored blood sugar so energy is always available, even if you haven’t eaten for a while.

Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance

In type 2 diabetes, the problem is not lack of production of insulin but lack of response to the hormone insulin due to what is called insulin resistance. Find out if you might be insulin resistant using this free w8md tool called insulin resistance calculator.

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond well to insulin and can’t easily take up glucose from your blood. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin to help glucose enter your cells. As long as your pancreas can make enough insulin to overcome your cells’ weak response to insulin, your blood glucose levels will stay in the healthy range.

How does insulin resistance lead to weight gain?

Insulin is one of the most anabolic hormone known to man as excess insulin, which is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes, leads to significant weight gain.

How does excess insulin lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes? Here is how the process works:

  • lot of blood sugar enters the bloodstream.
  • The pancreas pumps out more insulin to get blood sugar into cells.
  • Over time, cells stop responding to all that insulin—they’ve become insulin resistant.
  • The pancreas keeps making more insulin to try to make cells respond.
  • Eventually, the pancreas can’t keep up, and blood sugar keeps rising.

Lots of blood sugar in the bloodstream is very damaging to the body and needs to be moved into cells as soon as possible.

Diabetes and weight gain – how does it work?

There’s lots of insulin, too, telling the liver and muscles to store blood sugar. When they’re full, the liver sends the excess blood sugar to fat cells to be stored as body fat. Yep, weight gain. And what’s more serious, the stage is set for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Watch this amazing tedtalk video on how insulin resistance leads to weight gain, type 2 diabetes and why blaming the obese is blaming the victim.


Does exercise help with reducing risk of type 2 diabetes?

If you have diabetes, physical activity can help you manage the condition along with your weight. Being active makes you more sensitive to insulin (the hormone that allows cells in your body to use blood sugar for energy). Your body won’t need to make as much insulin or you won’t need to take as much. Lower insulin levels can help prevent fat storage and weight gain.

There are two types of diabetes.

Diabetes mellitus type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, which tends be a bit more genetically related than type 2, a person affected is unable to produce enough insulin in their pancreas to meet the demands of the body thereby leading to an increase in the person’s blood sugar.

Types of diabetes

On the other hand, a person with type 2 diabetes is able to produce a lot of insulin initially but their bodies are not responding to the hormone called insulin due to what is called insulin resistance.  Most people with diabetes—9 in 10—have type 2 diabetes which often is diagnosed in adults although it is increasingly being diagnosed in children.

There is a third type of diabetes called gestational diabetes which develops in pregnant women who have never had diabetes. If you have gestational diabetes, your baby could be at higher risk for health complications. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.



In the US, 84.1 million adults—more than 1 in 3—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it. Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Diabetes statistics

  • 30.3 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the US.
  • Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness.
  • In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripledas the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.

How can W8MD help?

Our W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program

  • a consultation, under the guidance of trained physician with experience in treating obesity, its associated conditions and a wide variety of sleep disorders.
  • instruction on nutritional programs teaching you about metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance and whether you are at risk to the proper amount of low glycemic foods you should be eating on a daily basis to fit your needs as well as fats, protein, and carbohydrates.
  • how often, and the proper times you should be eating during the day.  individualized weight loss plan with all of the right ingredients and a partnership to help you reach your goal weight.
  • a loss of between 2-4 pounds a week with nutritious, easy to prepare, pre-portioned, low-glycemic food. If you work the program, the program will work for you!
  • Most insurances are accepted. Our self pay consultation is only $130.00 which includes the program cost and up to two appetite suppressant medications.

Also read on diabetes and weight

Frequently asked questions on diabetes and weight gain

* Does insulin cause weight gain?
* Which diabetes causes weight gain?
* Can you reverse insulin resistance?
* Will metformin make you gain weight?
* Which Insulin helps with weight loss?
* Are eggs good for insulin resistance?
* How does insulin get rid of belly fat?
* How do I know if I’m insulin resistant?
* Does insulin resistance make you hungry?
* Is rapid weight gain a sign of diabetes?
* Are bananas good for insulin resistance?
* How can I avoid gaining weight on insulin?
* What are the warning signs of prediabetes?
* What exercise is best for insulin resistance?
* How does insulin resistance lead to weight gain?
* What are the symptoms of being insulin resistant?
* Can insulin resistance keep you from losing weight?
* What is the best medication for insulin resistance?
* Does insulin resistance make you hungry all the time?
* Does insulin resistance make it harder to lose weight?
* What is the best weight loss diet for insulin resistance?

%d bloggers like this: