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LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/19/13 5:29 P

i joined pcos naturally :) just not active

MYKIDSRSWEET SparkPoints: (12,017)
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6/19/13 8:56 A

There is a living with PCOS support team here that can be very helpful...I am on it to. I have not been diagnosed with rep diabetes, but PCOS is a risk factor so I am very aware of it and making healthy choices.

LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/18/13 6:57 P

simplelife, i am like you too, if i eat one cookie, it doesn't stop there, i end up eating more than i should of.

sweets are my worst trigger foods, i am not much of a fruit and veggie person, never have been, so i need to find creative ways to make eating those my main priority.

i do walk to the babysitters to get the kids, but i need to up my cardio to the point that i am break into a sweat.

i was doing Zumba for awhile, than life got busy, want to get back into ASAP.

LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/18/13 6:54 P

GOOOOOOOD NEWSS EVERYONE.... i talked to my family doctor, and i guess i misunderstood what my Endocronologist said, he said my A1 level was slightly up, but not enough for me to be considered pre-diabetic.

what a relief that was, having said that, i do have a family history of type 2 diabetes, and i do suffer from PCOS.... so i will do my best to work on getting healthier, by not putting myself at risk.

just wanted to share that good news, it definitely brought my anxiety down abit.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
6/17/13 3:06 P

I had the same issue at one time. Both my mom and aunt were diabetic and I have the same body type and hormonal challenges. I keep telling myself that genetic propensity is NOT destiny. We just have to work harder at it.

I think talking to the dietician is an excellent place to start. Unlike others here, I have no luck with moderation when it comes to simple carbs. Perhaps you have the same issue. I can't have that one or two cookies or small piece of cake. It just sets off a horrible chain of cravings. If you learn more about the actual hormonal process that's going on inside your body, it makes perfect sense. It has nothing to do with your willpower.

I still eat carbs but only complex ones and I make sure to have some protein and fat at the same time. Finding this ratio is the key to getting off the craving cycle. Eating more protein in general has helped me.

And don't underestimate the value of exercise. You say you are "active" with the kids, but that is not the same as exercise. A moderate to brisk 30-minute walk every day will do wonders. Doing this daily trains your body to process and use insulin more efficiently. Even breaking it into 10-minute segments would work.

Learn all you can and talk to professionals. You have the power to keep yourself from being a statistic.

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6/17/13 2:57 A

LEYLA2, maybe the "pre" part of the word pre-diabetic makes it seem like nothing bad has happened yet, but that it could happen down the road someday maybe. Truth is, it is an actual disease. If you can psych yourself up to that realization, maybe that knowledge can propel you into a truly healthy lifestyle.

Spark On!

LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/16/13 12:42 P

thanks michelle and patti, i am definitely going to look into a dietician, my workplace offers some free sessions, so a few sessions with a qualified dietician should get me on track.

thanks to everyone again....

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6/16/13 10:57 A

If you are in your normal weight range, then it might be that weight loss won't be the answer to your situation. It could well be that simply the Timing and Choice of what you eat will help resolve those higher glucose numbers. I hope someone who is a professional will give you some more guidance soon...!

Example: A typical breakfast for me used to be: banana, cereal, glass of milk. None of which are bad choices....however all together add up to about 76 Carb. My dietician limited me to 30-45 Carb per meal. She said to then eat something (about 15g carb and some protein) 2-3 hours later. 15 g of Carb will raise blood sugar about 150---not overly huge jump--and depending on what food it is---may raise it slower or faster... She had a chart which gave some typical foods and what the effect on blood sugar was over the next 3 hours.
Fascinating to learn for me.....

Best of Luck! I'm sure you can do this--especially since you don't have a lot of weight to lose!!

MLS616 Posts: 157
6/16/13 9:43 A

Hi there,

I am too. It happened to me because of hormonal imbalances. I went of the pill and gained 15 lbs in 6 weeks - but since lost it through diet/exercise

The best things for me have been following a low GI diet - not all foods are bad, you can find things that are satisfying but still low sourdough / rye bread and maybe allow yourself only 1 slice, etc. Did you know chocolate is low GI? :)
Cheese is zero carb.
but at the same time - don't binge on fats either...that's what I did for a long time and wasn't able to drop below 132-134. I finally figured that one out. ha ha

There is a very good book that is a low GI list of foods. I can't think of the name at the moment, but it's been so useful for me.

The other thing I eat is Extend Bars. I realize they are not 'whole food' and I could find cleaner options, but sometimes I just want that chewy chocolate snack. They are a life saver for me.

Anyway, just go slow and learn about what you can and can't eat.


LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/16/13 7:30 A

thanks everyone, i will definitley incorporate some of the ideas suggested here on the forum, as well as check out the pre-diabetes team.

funny thing is i thought you had to be overweight, to end up with diabetes, but i guess that is not the case, i am in my normal range of weight but on the higher side, and most of the fat i have is in my belly, so i got start working on that.

i would say i am active pretty much everyday with the kids, but i need to increase my cardio, that is lacking...

thanks again :)

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (80,719)
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6/16/13 1:37 A

Welcome to the Club...and its a Big One, Trust me! emoticon

The good news is that with very moderate changes, you can reverse your status---although I figure I will always be a member, and prone to relapse!

I have to echo SlimmerKiwi.... if you've not worked with a Dietician on this yet, I think its the best thing you can do for motivation and results. Learn what you are dealing with, and the why's & wherefor's of how YOU metabolize carbs/fat/protein...and specific goals to aim for to get yourself on the right track. I know doing just that is what got me out of the perilously-close-to-diabetes range. Worth every minute I spent learning it.....!!

There's also a Pre Diabetes Team here on might find some motivating folks on it!
Keep at this---you can succeed!

RHAPSODY43 Posts: 49
6/16/13 1:33 A

I too am prediabetic. Gradual is the key. Gradually swap in better food choices when you can. For example, I found that I love frozen blueberries. Instead of reaching for a cookie, I pull out a handful of frozen berries which satisfies more than the cookie so I don't eat as much. Also, I just found a challenge on SparkPeople that challenges us to do just 10 minutes of activity day. Again, just focusing on small changes and building consistency. Don't beat yourself up - living with any kindof diabetes diagnosis is a daily challenge with opportunites to make good choices throughout the day. Celebrate those good choices you make. Also, include your family in these small changes and they may just enjoy them too - and voila! you have your very own team! All my best to you :)

SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,153
6/15/13 10:51 P

How did you try giving up those old eating habits? Was it "cold turkey" as well? If so, most people can't do that. You are better off to make gradual changes. It might be drink less soda/juice and increase water. It might be add 1-2 pieces of fruit/veges to your day. It might also be going for a 10 minute walk if you currently don't do any exercise, or if you do already, then extending it for a few minutes, per day.

Only when your mind/body has gotten used to that, then add something else to the mix. You are far better off to do it gradually, because then you are far more likely to stay on course the rest of your life. You have 2 young children, so that is a very opportunity to get them started on this too. Going for some exploratory walks, looking for bugs, dried leaves, etc. are great ways to kindle their interest in outdoors, exercise and their environment. A park is another good place to go.

IF you have continued problems, then you might benefit from talking with your Dr and explaining the situation, and asking for a referral to a Therapist who specializes in these types of issues, and/or a referral to a Registered Dietitian, who will be able to help you make the changes you need, as it pertains to YOUR health.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 6/15/2013 (22:52)
LEYLA2 Posts: 307
6/15/13 9:04 P

yet, i am having a hard time changing my eating habits, you would think that would be a wakeup call and i would kick my butt into gear, but everytime there are trigger foods around, i lose control and end up eating something i shouldn't.

i feel like its kinda of like quitting smoking... my hubby did it cold turkey, and he has been smoke free 3 years.. he is the type who, once he makes up his mind, he will stick with it, i on the other hand have the opposite problem. i find it hard to stick to something, and end up giving up.

i have 2 youngs kids who depend on me, that should be motivation enough, and the fact that diabetes runs in our family.

any advise suggest, or even just support would be appreciated.


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