Type 1 diabetes & weight loss/gain
Many young people, particularly teenage girls, find they have problems with keeping their weight at a desirable level, whether or not they have diabetes. There are plenty of girls without diabetes who put on quite a lot of weight during the years following their first menstrual period (menarche), especially if they decrease the amount of regular exercise they do. This is caused by continuing to eat the same amount of food even though they have stopped growing in height. Most girls only grow another 6-8 cm (2-3 inches) after the menarche. The problem is made more complicated for girls with diabetes, as they find it particularly difficult to lose weight. It is very important, therefore, that teenage girls with diabetes reduce both their food intake and the insulin doses when their growth rate is slowing down and especially when they have reached their final height.
This content is based on Dr Ragnar Hanas' helpful book, Type 1 Diabetes in children, adolescents and young adults. Click here to order copies of Dr Hanas' book online.