Insulin has many functions, and while it can’t get glucose into your muscle cells efficiently when you have type 2 diabetes, it still manages to carry out its other tasks. What are they you ask, well it is still able to:
- convert carbohydrates to fat and store them in fat cells, and
- prevents stored fat from being released and used as energy for your body
In a non-diabetic, as much as forty per cent of carbohydrate eaten may be converted to fat, of course, that would depend on your calorie/kilojoule intake. If you have insulin resistance, as type 2 diabetics do, that figure would be higher. So when you take higher insulin doses, or if your pancreas is still releasing insulin and needs to release more to cover the food intake, it’s really more likely you will store extra body fat as a result!
Eating carbohydrates that require a lesser amount of insulin will make it easier for you to lose weight. So a low-GI carbohydrate diet, plus lowering your blood lipids (fats) and your blood sugar levels, will help you to stay slim or lose weight.