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Ask a dozen people and you'll get a dozen answers, but I'll give you my two cents'.
I'm a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed 20+ years ago. I've been pumping for just over 8 years. I've struggled with my weight most of my life. My blood sugar has always been pretty easy to control but menopause has thrown a real wrench in the works, so it's taking a lot of extra work, and where I used to be able to almost effortless drop a few pounds, weight loss has become more of a challenge.
Here's what I know to be true:
--Diabetes is a carbohydrate-intolerance disease. Your body does not need a certain amount of carbs to live on. I get my carbs through veggies alone.
--Insulin is a fat-storing hormone. The more you use, the more fat you store.
--If you want to reduce the amount of insulin you use, the easiest way is to drastically reduce the amount of carbs you eat.
--Exercise helps you feel more energetic, keeps blood sugar more stable, and contributes to our overall health, but is only about 20% of weight loss, meaning 80% of weight loss is due to what we put in our mouths.
--Over-treating low blood sugar events can contribute quite a few extra calories/carbs, so again, the less insulin you're using, the fewer lows.
--The pump offers excellent flexibility for exercise: I simply lower my basals half an hour before exercising, so I'm not eating my way through a work out, thus defeating the purpose.
Two of the best sources I consider my bibles:
Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes, and
Diabetes Solution, by Richard K. Bernstein, M.D.
Edited by: VALERIE1619 at: 2/5/2013 (12:16)
type 1 diabetic,
showing this disease who's boss!
February 2013: NEW GOAL! I've lost 60 pounds to date, so it's time to kick these last few to the curb!
I would also love some advise on weight loss. I've been Type 1 diabetic for more than 20 years. Growing up I was always the same weight, then 3 years ago I gained a lot of weight really quick, and my endurance and fitness went down the tubes. Now when I exercise, I can only last 10-15 minutes before I have to stuff my face with food to not have a super hypoglycemic moment. I'm just starting slow with exercise. I'm trying to focus my daily calories at 1200 (without exercise), then what I need to eat when I exercise won't continue to make me gain weight. I'll keep you posted if this works. Started on 2/1/13.
I hope no one minds me 'lurking' here.
My wife has had type 1 for forty years plus.
We are both very active but struggle with weight control.
While I tend to gain or lose a lot of weight fairly quickly, Julie has to work three times harder than me to lose even a couple pounds. She is very insulin sensitive and is on a pump.
She is a member of the GLU site from which she gets some good support.
I'd like to see if I can find any weight loss tips from you guys that I can pass along.