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How to gain body fat as an underweight diabetic


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Old 01-06-2011, 04:16   #1
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Since so many diabetic diet recommendations are based on both blood glucose management and attempts at weight loss (or, at least, maintaining one's weight), how should a significantly underweight diabetic go about gaining body fat while at the same time managing blood glucose? I'm guessing that the underweight diabetic attempting to restore a healthy store of body fat should have about the same diet as an other diabetic but should indulge much more freely in lean meats as well as healthy sources of fat such as EVOO, nuts, and avocados. In any case, how should a newly diagnosed underweight diabetic go about gaining back a healthy amount of body fat? Thanks.

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Since so many diabetic diet recommendations are based on both blood glucose management and attempts at weight loss (or, at least, maintaining one's weight), how should a significantly underweight diabetic go about gaining body fat while at the same time managing blood glucose? I'm guessing that the underweight diabetic attempting to restore a healthy store of body fat should have about the same diet as an other diabetic but should indulge much more freely in lean meats as well as healthy sources of fat such as EVOO, nuts, and avocados. In any case, how should a newly diagnosed underweight diabetic go about gaining back a healthy amount of body fat? Thanks.
I would be eating as much cheese and meat, poultry and regular fats as I wanted. None of those foods will spike your blood sugar. Enjoy mayo and sour cream, and if you like cottage cheese, it has 5 grams of carbs per 1/2 cup at 4% milkfat.

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Breeze is right - butter, sour cream, mayonnaise . . . any and all of these are a diabetic's best friend, and especially if she needs to gain weight without wrecking her blood sugars.

The more you research this, McGruff, you may discover that even saturated fats are not the villains protrayed by the grain growers associations that heavily influence the USDA & its food pyramid. Look into the studies of many researchers . . . like Dr. Walter Willett & his associate Frank Hu . . . who've studied/analyzed for years on this controversy that fat is the enemy and to be avoided at all costs. What they've found is that apart from trans fat, everything else raises HDL even while some do also raise LDL.

Using a normal amount of fat in the diet makes the lower carb way of eating a very satisfying lifestyle, and a very healthful one. Read our thread on coconut oil - you might be amazed.




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ONLY FOR T2, and you want to get fat

just joking maybe , but if you use use basal insulin,

just increase your basal insulin until your FBS is about 80 mg/dl,

then start eating some of that "choice" grain feed beef,

it is full of a saturated fat that is only good for storage and burning,

and you may get fat rather quickly!

( excessive use of basal insulin can make you fat! )

eating excessive carbohydrates with a compensating bolus can make you fat also

good luck!

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I had a problem last summer with a bad reaction to a medication that destroyed all my muscles. My Body fat went as low as 3%. It has taken almost 6 months to bring it back up to 19-20% ( normal for me). Carbs will put fat on you very quickly. If you are taking insulin and can increase carbs without raising bgs go for it. If you are on oral meds, there are some oral meds like sulfyureas, actos that tend to add weight. Metformin will help you lose weight so I would stay away from that. Also eat as many fats in your diet as you can stand. If you are newly diagnosed once your body starts to work more efficiently and use insulin correctly your body should regain weight. It will not happen overnight.

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