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Loss of Weight and Muscle Mass

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I'm a Type 2. I take metformin 500mg 3x daily (with each meal).

 

I've lost 20 lbs over the past 3-4 months. In another forum, some have suggested that the metformin could be causing some of the weigh loss. Anybody with a similar experience?

 

Regardless, since I've been diabetic, I've lost weight, gained some back, and lost again, etc. I've also lost muscle tone and mass. I don't consider myself really "overweight". I'm 6'2" and currently weigh 200 lbs. My heaviest ever was 235 and as recently as March I weighed 223.

 

I'd like to gained some weight back and gain muscle tone and mass. But obviously I assume I need to stay away from carbs? Also, I have slight to moderate reduced kidney function (GFR 58) so I'd be concerned about taking in too much added protein?

 

My exercise routine right now is a 2 mile walk/jog pretty much every day. I'm thinking about starting to lift weights maybe every other day. Will this help gain weight and muscle mass/tone? What supplements can a diabetic safely take that won't raise my blood sugar and be harmful to my kidneys?

 

I really appreciate any help and advise. Thanks.

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I'm a Type 2. I take metformin 500mg 3x daily (with each meal).

 

I've lost 20 lbs over the past 3-4 months. In another forum, some have suggested that the metformin could be causing some of the weigh loss. Anybody with a similar experience?

 

Regardless, since I've been diabetic, I've lost weight, gained some back, and lost again, etc. I've also lost muscle tone and mass. I don't consider myself really "overweight". I'm 6'2" and currently weigh 200 lbs. My heaviest ever was 235 and as recently as March I weighed 223.

 

I'd like to gained some weight back and gain muscle tone and mass. But obviously I assume I need to stay away from carbs? Also, I have slight to moderate reduced kidney function (GFR 58) so I'd be concerned about taking in too much added protein?

 

My exercise routine right now is a 2 mile walk/jog pretty much every day. I'm thinking about starting to lift weights maybe every other day. Will this help gain weight and muscle mass/tone? What supplements can a diabetic safely take that won't raise my blood sugar and be harmful to my kidneys?

 

I really appreciate any help and advise. Thanks.

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I'm sure I'll be corrected, but I don't see losing substantial amounts of lean muscle unless you are not eating enough protein. This can be a problem with the calorie-restricted diet -- everything is reduced, so while you may lose "weight" it may not all be from "excess fat mass".

 

Many people voice concerns about eating higher levels of protein with reduced kidney function but I assume that you under a specialists supervision for the reduced renal function... and losing muscle mass is also serious, quite apart from all the other reasons our bodies need protein -- making insulin for example.

 

If it were me, I would carefully increase my protein intake -- keep a log -- while asking for additional renal follow up with urine and blood tests.

 

You may be interested to read this related study The Impact of Protein Intake on Renal Function Decline in Women with Normal Renal Function or Mild Renal Insufficiency

...with these conclusions from the publications editors

Context

Although dietary protein restriction appears to slow the decline in renal function among patients with moderate renal insufficiency, its effect on normal and mildly decreased renal function is unknown.

Contribution

Among women from the Nurses’ Health Study with normal renal function, protein intake was not associated with decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR). In women with mild renal insufficiency, high protein intake, particularly of nondairy animal origin, was associated with more rapid than expected decline in GFR.

Implications

High protein intake is associated with declining GFR among women with mild renal insufficiency. A causal connection has not been demonstrated. Additional studies are needed to show that reducing protein intake protects the kidney.

–The Editors

 

Dr Richard Bernstein claims much improvement to his own reduced renal function once he switched to his now famous dietary paradigm.

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DeerCnt, have you looked into the Amino Acids I suggested. I thought I saw where the L-Arginine was actually benefical for people with Kidney function problems. Are you monitoring your protien out put thru your kidneys?

 

 

 

 

I'm a Type 2. I take metformin 500mg 3x daily (with each meal).

 

I've lost 20 lbs over the past 3-4 months. In another forum, some have suggested that the metformin could be causing some of the weigh loss. Anybody with a similar experience?

 

Regardless, since I've been diabetic, I've lost weight, gained some back, and lost again, etc. I've also lost muscle tone and mass. I don't consider myself really "overweight". I'm 6'2" and currently weigh 200 lbs. My heaviest ever was 235 and as recently as March I weighed 223.

 

I'd like to gained some weight back and gain muscle tone and mass. But obviously I assume I need to stay away from carbs? Also, I have slight to moderate reduced kidney function (GFR 58) so I'd be concerned about taking in too much added protein?

 

My exercise routine right now is a 2 mile walk/jog pretty much every day. I'm thinking about starting to lift weights maybe every other day. Will this help gain weight and muscle mass/tone? What supplements can a diabetic safely take that won't raise my blood sugar and be harmful to my kidneys?

 

I really appreciate any help and advise. Thanks.

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Lifting should increase your muscle mass, but with the complication of your kidney function I'd be afraid to give you advice other than to speak to your doc and nutritionist.

 

The nutritionist (my first visit, I'm still new at this) reminded me:

 

-Muscles (especially your heart) use carbs first for energy.

 

-Your body is very efficient with protein,..ie a little goes a long way.

 

-When every you can, use the food not the supplement.

 

Hope this helps a little.

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