Why is weight loss a common symptom of diabetes?

Weight loss can occur in both types of diabetes, but it is more common with type 1 diabetes. If blood sugars are very high, diabetics tend to urinate a lot, and this results in dehydration, which can also lead to weight loss. With type 1 diabetes, instead of being unable to use insulin (a hormone that allows your body to use glucose for energy), your body stops producing it altogether.

With type 2 diabetes, your body is unable to use insulin effectively and transport the glucose to the cells. Instead, the glucose gets accumulated in your blood. When this happens, the body takes it as a sign of starving and finds a way to compensate for it. It creates energy by burning muscle and fat at a rapid pace, leading to ‘weight loss’. The kidney starts working overtime to eliminate the excess sugars in the blood, which affects the kidneys adversely.

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