November 7, 2013

BMI Shifts Before, During, and After T1D Diagnosis


body-weightDespite the behavioral and otherwise nonphysical measurements in T1D, researchers wanted to see how the BMI and body weight of people diagnosed with T1D shifted before, at, and after diagnosis. The findings of this study were published in Acta Diabetologica.

The study was conducted over 6 years. Kids, under the age of 18 years old, newly diagnosed with T1D were studied before, at diagnosis, and throughout the next 6 years for their weight and body mass index changes. The aim of this was to identify factors that influenced these changes.

The 209 participants were al .below average at diagnosis, had increased at 3 months, and decreased at 6 months, in females.The increase was seen in males at 12 months. For both males and females, there was a slight increase, However, only females increased more between 3 and 6 years.

After  6 years, both males and females were significantly higher in body weight and BMI than pre-diabetes. At 6 years, these measures were similar to that of their parents and siblings.

Two social factors that seemed to tilt the scale in a higher body weight and BMI was the sex of the participants, females were higher, and those who kept diabetes a secret. A longer duration of insulin pump therapy was associated with a lower weight and BMI.

Without deeming the weight gain or BMI unhealthy in the T1D participants, the semantics of this study looked at the specific factors that influenced weight gain and BMI. Ladies, our extra X chromosome proves that we gain. Whether it’s a good gain or a bad gain is up to you. But keeping diabetes a secret is no good for anybody.

Despite having drinking water like a camel, until my diagnosis, my weight eventually plumped up and evened-out by my 20s. Of course, the pump got me on the fastvrrack to stable bG, steady weight, and skyrocketing confidence. Pump therapy gets my vote on any day of the week.

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