I just want to start out by saying that I am not a doctor. I am simply a diabetic or patient blogger as many people refer to us as. Today I would like to talk about the disease known as diabetes and its effects on muscle loss. Diabetes is an endocrine related disease and can be divided into type 1 and type 2. I am a type 2 diabetic and I will talk about what I have learned from my doctor. I learned that in my case of diabetes, my pancreas was not functioning correctly. Insulin was being secreted as it should have been.
Now mot all people know what insulin actually does. Insulin – this will be a rough definition – goes into the blood stream and opens cells so to speak and allows them to start taking up glucose from the blood stream. So when insulin is not being secreted at all or not at the right amount at the right time, the body is not able to take up the amount of glucose to perform its work. This where the muscle loss comes in.
Because the body is not able to take up enough glucose from the blood stream, it hen starts using fat – adipose tissue – and protein ( muscle ) for energy to “feed its cells” so to speak. It is actually really neat to know that the body is able to do this, however, I do not think it is neat or cool that I have lost a decent amount of muscle mass since I was diagnosed with type two diabetes. I have lost a lot of weight both from fat and from muscle. This just gives me more reason to follow my doctors orders and control my diabetes.I implement all kinds of diabetes meal planning.
Note, I said this in the beginning of the post and I will say it again. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. When it comes to your health you should only use medical advice from a doctor. Thanks for reading this post on diabetes and muscle loss. If you would like to learn about meals for diabetics then try looking at the American Diabetes Association website.