Can you put on weight if you have diabetes?
JUN 08, 2018- Healthline/Medical News Today –
Diabetes usually results in excess sugar in the blood, which can lead to serious health problems. Although people often associate diabetes with weight gain, the condition can also cause weight loss.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight may not be easy, but it can improve a person’s health and should be a goal for people with diabetes.
Some of the benefits include:
- better cholesterol levels
- improved blood pressure
- more stable blood sugar levels
- lower risk of long-term health problems
In this article, we consider how people with diabetes can safely gain weight without any health complications.
How can people gain weight with diabetes?
In general, people who want to put on weight need to eat foods that are high in calories instead of following a restrictive diet where calorie consumption is kept low.
They will need to consume more calories than they expend.
However, people with diabetes will need to choose their foods more carefully as some may cause a peak in blood sugar levels, which could lead to health complications.
It is best to speak to a doctor or a certified diabetes educator before making significant changes to the diet. They may recommend consulting a dietitian who can suggest adjustments that result in weight gain but do not damage health.
Strategies to gain weight with diabetes
There are several strategies that people can use for gaining weight healthfully, as long as they consider the effect of any dietary changes on their diabetes and continue to keep their blood sugar under control.
These strategies include:
Keeping track of calorie intake
To gain weight, people must consume more calories than they expend. It takes an increase of 500 calories each day to put on one pound of body weight per week.
Several apps and online calorie calculators are available, which can help people estimate how many calories they need a day, according to their:
- activity level
A dietitian can help to create a meal plan that focuses on adding calories but remains conscious of the need to manage diabetes.
Eating full-fat dairy products
These include foods, such as whole milk, full-fat yogurt, and cheese. People can also add full-fat milk or cream to soups and mashed potato to increase their calorie content.
Although full-fat dairy can aid weight gain, a person should be mindful of their daily saturated fat intake and total carbohydrates to manage their blood sugar.
Limiting caffeine and avoiding low-calorie foods and beverages
It is best to exclude diet products, tea, and black coffee from the diet where possible. Caffeine may mask hunger and act as an appetite suppressant.
A high-calorie, nutrient-dense snack is a better choice for someone…