Pre Diabetes Type 2 & Health Weight Gain

Answered on June 26, 2015
Created June 25, 2015 at 1:04 AM

Hi all, 

This question is actually for my partner. Two months ago he was tested for blood glucose and had a reading 20.6 mmol/L (fasting). We were told the 'normal' range for blood glucose is about 3-7 mmol/L (fasting). (He did do a huge WOD before getting this test and we have read that exercising can spike BG but not sure by how much) He then did a prick test a few days later after eating an apple and it was 13.

Anyway this was obviously a major shock and he has since been eating paleo with the exception of some oats with a small amount of full fat milk as well as taking vitamins and minerals recommended by an iridologist. I’ll expand on the oats in a moment.

We are wondering if anyone has any resources for people with type 2 diabetes who are trying to gain weight/muscle? We’ve found some great information but nothing around people that aren’t already overweight.

My partner is one of those people who has been able to eat anything his whole life without any weight issues (he’s 24 and 11% body fat). Bad food actually makes him lose weight. So on top of cleaning up his diet and trying to get his BG down, he’s trying to put on some weight and gain strength (hence the oats). He’s already gained a few kg but we are struggling to find information on the best way to get the BG down while increasing calories. There is a lot of conflicting information around good carbs, eating good fats but not too much, eat this and not that etc etc.

Any advice is much appreciated :) 


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on June 26, 2015
at 01:18 PM

Hello Elle,


I would argue that your husband would focus mainly on consuming protein and healthy fats if he wants to gain weight in his condition. But he should be high in fibre when consuming high amounts of fat and protein. It would be wise to cut back on carbohydrates for him, so he should opt for vegetables rather than fruits. It will be important that he focuses on maintaining a healthy omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, so he could benefit from salmon for example. Also zinc would surely help with his insulin sensitivity.

I would argue that your husband stops consuming oatmeals and also milk. Milk proteins have insulinotropic properties which stimulate a large release of insulin, which overtime can cause insulin resistance. Also it would be wise to avoid fructose to a large degree as fructose can also lead to insulin sensitivity.

He could perhaps consume some carbs after physical activity as his blood sugar will be lower. I would argue that it is not impossible to gain weight in his condition, but he should take into account that large quantities of food can also lead to diabetes in the long run when the Pancreas is not functioning properly.

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Kind regards,



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