Written on April 14, 2023 by Theresa Vuskovich, DMD. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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Your blood sugar (blood glucose) levels can impact your ability to lose weight. The hormone insulin controls how blood sugar is metabolized and stored. If you have Type 2 diabetes (T2DM), your body becomes resistant to insulin, leading to potential weight gain. However, blood sugar levels can interfere with weight loss even if you don't have T2DM. This article explains the relationship between blood sugar and weight loss.
Multiple tests are used to measure blood sugar. The following are common blood sugar tests :
Insulin and glucagon are responsible for regulating your blood sugar . Glucagon and insulin are endocrine hormones produced by the pancreas. As blood sugar rises, the pancreas secretes insulin. In response to insulin, muscle and fat cells absorb glucose from the blood, lowering blood sugar levels .
Insulin has the following functions :
In addition to insulin, incretins, hormones in the small intestine, regulate blood sugar. Incretins respond to increased blood sugar levels by decreasing gastric emptying, increasing fullness, and slowing nutrient absorption .
If you have T2DM, you have lower levels of incretin. Medications called GLP-1s increase the levels of incretin in your body . As a result, you may feel satisfied with less food and lose weight .
High blood sugar increases insulin levels, resulting in fat storage. Having high blood sugar may prevent you from losing weight. As a result, blood sugar control is essential forweight management.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to managing your blood sugar levels and weight. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) provides the following tips for managing blood sugar for weight loss :
Everlywell's Weight Care+ program can help you achieve your weight loss goals. The program involves ongoing virtual care visits with a healthcare provider. You will receive a complete medical history assessment and any appropriate lab testing needed during your first visit to determine whether weight loss medication is right for you. Your healthcare provider will be a board-certified nurse practitioner who can prescribe medications, order lab tests, and assess your symptoms to create a customized care plan.
During your second visit, your healthcare provider will evaluate your test results, discuss your health and weight goals, and design a plan tailored to your needs. You may also receive prescription weight loss medication as part of your care plan. However, medication is not guaranteed when you join the program. Your healthcare provider will prescribe weight loss medications based on their clinical judgment and your health history.
During regular check-ins with your provider, you'll discuss your weight loss progress, assess your medication tolerance, order follow-up lab tests or prescription refills as needed, and adjust your care plan accordingly.
For more information about weight management with Everlywell, learn more about our online weight loss telehealth option.