Modern Science of Biomechanics and Type 1 Diabetes


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Insulin Therapy and Weight Gain


Despite no change in their physical activity and food intake, in many people with Type 1 diabetes, the beginning of insulin therapy is followed with weight gain. Based on an initial observation, and ignoring the fact that despite the insulin therapy and no change in their physical activity and food intake, many people don’t experience weight gain, it becomes a quickly accepted theory that insulin enables the glucose to enter the cells and the glucose that the cells do not use is being accumulated as fat. I couldn’t find who first put forward that theory and it seems to me that it is just one of the many medical theories with no author.

The theory that insulin enables the glucose to enter the cells and the glucose that has not been used is accumulated as fat is not only absolutely wrong, but it is responsible for the huge rise in the practice of deliberately skipping insulin in order to prevent or to lose weight. Before that theory, that practice was unknown.

The practice of deliberately skipping insulin in order to prevent or to lose weight is called diabulimia. The word diabulimia appears in use immediately after the theory that insulin enables the glucose to enter the cells and the glucose not used by the cells is accumulated as fat has gained publicity.

Side note: It is strange that deliberately skipping insulin injections in order to lose weight is called diabulimia. In my opinion it has nothing to do with bulimia, but it has much in common with anorexia. Instead of diabulimia it may be called diaanorexia.


Actually both words should disappear from the dictionary. The reason to make them disappear is to prevent people to skip insulin in order to prevent weight gain or to lose weight. The way to do so is to publicly explain that insulin treatment doesn’t cause weight gain and that lack of insulin doesn’t cause weight loss. The fact that insulin therapy is correlated with weight gain and that the lack of insulin is correlated with weight loss doesn’t mean that lack of insulin cause weight loss and that insulin therapy cause weight gain.

It is necessary to understand why some people gain weight and why some don’t when they start their insulin therapy. It is impossible to give a meaningful explanation as long as the biological basis of weight gain/weight loss is unknown.

Side note: The biological basis of weight gain and weight loss and the mechanism underlining body weight distribution I have explained in my book “Modern Science of Biomechanics & Weight Gain and Weight Loss”.


The first essential condition to have a reasonable discussion about the mechanism of weight gain seemingly induced by insulin therapy and the mechanism of weight loss, seemingly induced by lack of insulin is to get a consensus about the biological basis of weight gain/weight loss.
The second condition is to get a consensus about the mechanism underlining body weight distribution
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Modern Science of Biomechanics and Type 1 Diabetes

 

Site Map

 

Contents – Page 1

Introduction – Page 2A and Page 2B

Postural Profile of People with Type 1 Diabetes – Page 3, Page 4 and Page 5

Postural and Musculoskeletal Characteristics of Normal Weight People without and with T1D - Page 6

Spontaneous Remission of Type 1 Diabetes – Page 7

Obesity and Type 1 Diabetes – Obesity Protect against Type 1 Diabetes? – Page 8

Weight Loss and Type 1 Diabetes – Weight loss linked to Type 1 Diabetes? - Page 9

Insulin Therapy and Weight Gain – Page 10

Exercises Induced Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycaemia) and High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycaemia) - Page 11

 

Appendix

 

Type 1 Diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives - Page 12a

Type 1 Diabetes among the Amish – Page 12b

Why more and more Children are Developing Type 1 Diabetes – Page 12c

Type 1 Diabetes in Animals – Page 12d

Hypotheses about the Causes of Type 1 Diabetes in Very Young Children, Older Children and Full Grown Adults – Page 12e


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