Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
October 13, 2003
Weight and Weight Loss
Question from Morrinsville, North Island, New Zealand:
I'm a 15 year old girl, and have had type 1 diabetes for around 13 years now. I have noticed that in the recent months I have put on a lot of weight. I am 165 centimeters (about 64 inches) tall and weigh around 68.3 kilograms (about 143 pounds); apparently I don't look fat or anything, but I feel like I have gained a lot of weight in that short time. I power walk every day for around 30-50 minutes, and eat really healthy. Is there anything I can do?
If you have good metabolic control (and actually I don’t know from what you write to us) based on a correct insulin regimen, the weight gain over the last months might be a sign that some nutritional suggestions are first required — probably as the caloric intake is concerned — followed by a parallel adjustment in your insulin regimen and dosages. Ask a dietitian trained in the care of adolescents with type 1 diabetes for further help.