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8/3/13 11:55 P

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Hi...I'm 48 years on insulin, peri menopausal and struggling with 10-12 pounds like forever...I do low carb & high protein... Do you like Greek yogurt.? It has been a great help for me...Do you use those glucose tabs? quick boost when going low....My decom has been very helpful too.....

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6/11/13 10:04 A

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Insulin is a fat-storing hormone, so for me, the only way I've been able to lose weight (in a healthy way) is to reduce my insulin to the bare minimum, which can only be done through a very low carb diet, and exercise.

While the exercise isn't crucial to weight loss, it does help with overall well-being, and improves tone, balance, and stamina.

If you think about the foods that require you to use more insulin, it's the carbs. Removing carbs also helps to alleviate the roller coaster of highs and lows which require more insulin for correcting your bs.



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February 2013: NEW GOAL! I've lost 60 pounds to date, so it's time to kick these last few to the curb!


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RIDGEVIEW50 SparkPoints: (2,834)
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6/11/13 7:31 A

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Hi everyone. I have had diabetes since the age of 3. I have a very hard time controlling my diabetes. my numbers are usually high. I am on a pump also. Recently I received a Dex4, recommended by my diabetes educator, to warn me or wake me when I have highs/lows. I need to lose a few extra pounds. But with my numbers, taking more insulin makes me gain. Stress does not help things either.

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4/9/13 6:19 P

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Have you done any measurements? Many times we don't lose weight (on a scales) but we do strengthen up and it shows in inches lost. Just a thought. :)

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2/5/13 8:33 P

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I'm guessing that your training built muscle, so that's why you didn't see a weight loss.

I don't exercise anywhere near the level you are so my advice won't be enough to help. For my 2.5 mile hikes in the morning, I need to reduce my basal by around 50-60% for a half-hour before starting. I usually eat about 10 grams of carbohydrates for breakfast just before leaving, and then test every 15 minutes. This usually works for me but I'm now dealing with menopause issues that want to mess everything up!

Gary Taubes has a website and I believe a Facebook page. Perhaps you can email your question to him.


Valerie
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!


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2/5/13 7:22 P

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I am 53 and have been diabetic since I turned 7. I am healthy and relatively complication-free. Although I am fit and under good control, I find losing the 10-15 lbs I want to get rid of REALLYdifficult. I am very insulin sensitive. I am on a pump and take a total of approx. 10 units of insulin a day (bolus & basal combined) which I gather, is not alot for a 152 lb. post-menopausal woman. I would like to know how those who've tried a very low carb diet (ala Gary Taubes?) manage to run long distances, etc. and handle low blood sugars AND lose weight. I trained for a year and ran first full marathon this fall and lost NO weight, though insulin needs did drop about 10% overall. Any feed back is helpful.

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