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SLIMMERKIWI
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1/27/13 3:38 P

If you make the nutrition changes very slowly, odds are others won't even notice. I did this with my husband and he was none the wiser, UNTIL I told him - LOL! By then he didn't care because he enjoyed the food I was cooking him - it was very tasty :-)

Kris



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1/27/13 9:21 A

Thanks for all the kind messages and support. Deep down I think he knows that he has to loose weight but I am going to let him make his own decision and when the time comes, I will be there to support him all the way. For the time being thought I am g oing to start making small changes to my family's eating habits and when the better weather arrives start on the lifestyle.



CHRISTINA791
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1/26/13 3:51 P

I can only speak for myself, but I had to be mentally ready to make changes before I could start on the physical side of things. I was diagnosed with type II diabetes when I was young (around 23) and only about 30 pounds overweight. I immediately figured that I didn't deserve it, since I wasn't obese and middle aged, and spent the next several years ignoring the condition and getting fatter while my eating habits got worse. Eventually I ended up very sick and on insulin.

I had to take some pretty dramatic steps in my care, including therapy to help me wrap my mind around having a chronic condition. It's a big step to take, and sadly a lot of people don't take it until they hit rock bottom. In my case, I'd almost lost my job and nearly ended up in the hospital.

The good news is that I started making changes after that, and I'm now completely off insulin and any medication. My A1C has been at non-diabetic levels for a year and a half, I've gone from 'obese' to a healthy BMI, I'm active, I eat well, and I feel a thousand times better than I did when I was sick. I thought diabetes was a life sentence (which is especially hard to deal with when you're young), but now it's just extra incentive to do the things any healthy person should be doing.

The only person who can make the changes is the diabetic. Until they're ready - really ready - it's not going to happen. It's far too easy to lie to yourself when you're in that state. It's hard to get started, but I can tell you from personal experience that it's so worth it in the end.

Since you have some medical issues yourself, I'd look at trying to make some positive changes for the whole family. And 'positive' is the key word there. Don't think of it as a diet or punishment for either of you. My husband and I both had some pretty terrible habits before we moved in together, and over the last few years we've slowly transitioned to an almost entirely clean diet and active lifestyle. Start by making some small changes, possibly cutting portion sizes, and adding more veggies to the menu. In the end, losing weight has to be your husband's decision, but you can set a good example with yourself first and by being supportive of the positive changes he does make. The key is to make a healthy lifestyle the norm.

Good luck to both of you.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 1/26/2013 (15:56)


CECISMOMMY09
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1/26/13 10:21 A

im diabetic and I would say it's not any harder losing weight is hard in general!



JOHNSONTREE
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1/26/13 10:18 A

I am type 1 diabetic and it is not hard to lose weight. But, it is hard work. Can you start with just taking walks? You may have to start out small and slowly work up to more. He definitely needs to move! Don't let him use diabetes as an excuse. You are right, if he works on weight lose, he can get off his medication. Good luck!



TRYINGHARD54
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1/26/13 8:17 A

is there any reason why hes on the computer so much...? It can be a bad habit to get into.
But if he dont want to try then he wont succeed. Trust me I know from experience..ME!
Its not hard to lose weight if your a diabetic...i hope all works out .



SLIMMERKIWI
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1/26/13 3:43 A

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AMYSUPERBLANC
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1/26/13 3:30 A

I am going t o give him healthy meals and fruit as snacks. Our children are worried about him as well. He likes his biscuits but eats way too many. So as from today I am going to give him only 2 and some fruit. While he is on the computer. It's a small step but it's a start.



SLIMMERKIWI
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1/26/13 3:09 A

Below is a link to the Mayo Clinic's Heart-healthy recipes, which would be good for him, and he may not even realize it - LOL!

www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-healthy-re
cipes/RE00098


This link is about Diabetes itself - explore the side-tool bar to learn more.
www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/DS01121
/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs


Kris



SLIMMERKIWI
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1/26/13 1:20 A

It sounds like your husband doesn't want to! It isn't hard to lose weight with Diabetes, but it has to be his decision. HE has to take responsibility for his actions (or lack of them). I fully understand where you are coming from. My husband had a number of health issues, and smoking and drinking caused major problems with them. Altho' he knew the risks, he chose to continue.

One thing that you MIGHT be able to get away with is to gradually swap out some of the less healthy foods in his diet and replace them with healthier alternatives, and gradually decrease his portions. Also, gradually reducing the less wise choices of snacks coming into the house for him, will mean that at least you are sneakily helping him.

As far as coming off medication from losing the weight, some people can, but it doesn't mean that everyone will. This is up to his Dr.

I wish you well, and for him I hope that he sees sense.

BIG hugs,
Kris



Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 1/26/2013 (03:03)


ZORBS13
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1/25/13 5:41 P

Unfortunately, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.

You *might* have his doctor talk to him, but it seems like other interventions have had little effect. If your husband wants to get healthy, he will...you can't push it.



AMYSUPERBLANC
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1/25/13 5:27 P

My husband is diabetic and he says it is hard to loose weight. I find that hard to believe. He sits around on th computer for hours when he comes from work ( weekends are the worse 9 -12 hours ). He does very little exercise. I worry about his stress. Our children are very worried about him also as do I. I have read somewhere that if you loose weight with diabetes he will come off the medication. To me he dosen't seem to care about his health and where would that leave us? Is there anything I can do to help him? Perferbably secretly without him knowning - Reason I said this because whever I mentioned it he gives out to me about my weight. I have thyroid and although it's hard going to loose weight I am nearly there. Would appreciate all the help I need to get my husband back into shape. He is 50 by the way. Also he told me his weight is 16stone but to me he looks like 17 or more.



 
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