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7/28/12 3:28 A

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Grebjack, I can agree on the boob situation, when I was thinner they were, as I'd politely say "just a handful" now there's enough for half a dozen hands ...... not impressed at all

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7/28/12 12:05 A

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GREBJACK - Thanks for the information on Diabetes 1 and 2

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7/27/12 9:31 A

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Oh, when I went on the pill in college, I promptly gained 5 to 8 pounds, and held them until I went off the pill 18 years later! It was weight in my bust and face, though, which in my case is advantageous, but yeah, I'm sure taking estrogen made me gain weight.

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7/24/12 5:30 A

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Major verbosity!!! (only joking)

The food plan I'm on only lets me have carbs (good ones and not empty ones) with protein and only once a day until I can move some of the weight.

Mind you I'm still questioning whether HRT isn't hindering my weight loss. No matter what the doctors say there are a lot of women out there that just can't shift the weight while they are on HRT. I've always had my blood sugar checked at the doctors and I've never suffered from extremes of blood sugar.

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7/24/12 5:06 A

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We used to distinguish Type 1 and Type 2 as "childhood onset" and "adult onset" and had to stop that because type 2 diabetes started happening at earlier and earlier ages. We also used to distinguish Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as "insulin dependent" and "non insulin dependent" diabetes because in general type 2 diabetics hadn't totally lost their ability to produce insulin, their bodies just couldn't produce enough of if, but again, as type 2 has become a more extreme disease, more and more type 2 diabetics have become dependent on insulin.

The defining difference is that Type 1 diabetics have a genetic auto-immune disease where their immune systems attack the islet cells in their pancreas as if they were germs, and in the process destroy the body's ability to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes also has a genetic basis, but it is heavily influenced by so-called "metabolic disorder":

Consumption of highly refined simple starches (high glycemic index foods) produce rapid spikes of sugar in the bloodstream after they're eaten, and the body has to respond by cranking out this huge amount of insulin to pull the sugar out of the blood, but of course dropping blood sugar is what produces hunger pangs, which send us back to that bag of chips or box of cookies to do it all again, and the cycle over-stresses the body's ability to produce insulin. The pancreas essentially wears out, can't produce enough insulin, and the blood sugar stays high until the patient is diagnosed with diabetes.

Fortunately for most type 2 diabetics, this isn't the complete failure of the pancreas, and it's partially reversible - take insulin or change your eating habits to give your pancreas a rest, and it will recover some - but the longer you have uncontrolled blood sugar (i.e. the younger you are when you're diagnosed) and the more extreme the level, the more permanent damage you do.

The other piece of the metabolic disorder, which is apparently NOT genetically based - it's true of all of us - is that as you gain body fat you also gain "insulin resistance": even if your pancreas makes enough insulin, your cells refuse to put it to good use, so the pancreas has to make extra insulin to balance out its inefficient use. All of our bodies do this to some extent, but due to genetics and how overweight we are, some of us fluctuate within a healthy range and some of us have insulin resistance overwhelm our pancreas and make us diabetic.

That's why you so often hear the public service announcement saying that if you can just lose five or ten pounds of fat it will significantly decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes, even if you remain obese; and that's one of the reasons sparkpeople so pushes whole grains and complex carbs (eating your carbs with proteins and fats also slows their arrival in the bloodstream, evening out your blood sugar so your pancreas doesn't have to do as much). And as long as you have at least some insulin in your bloodstream, exercise will cause your muscles to remove blood sugar for fuel.

So there you have it - way more than you ever wanted to know about diabetes. This is why my tenth grade teacher gave me a "verbosity" award!
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7/23/12 7:39 A

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Well done to your husband Grebjack!

Type 2 diabetes seems to be more prevalent these days with the processed foods (way too much of them) and lack of exercise. I don't think type 2 have to take insulin but if they don't attempt to change their habits they could be on the way to having to take it.

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7/23/12 6:56 A

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I know diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease - not trying to claim anything different. But my husband was diagnosed 4.5 years ago, and he lost a bunch of weight, changed his eating habits and schedule, added daily strength and cardio workouts (always at the same time of day), and made a habit of getting adequate sleep each night. He started with insulin shots and a blood sugar of 500 and is now -free with a blood sugar consistently between 80 and 100. I think he's going to live a long, healthy life!

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thanks for sharing. My daughter has Type 2 and has gotten it better under control through diet and loosing weight. (along with her meds) But it is a life long challenge.

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Hi Team, I thought that this article was very interesting. More so as these days Type 2 Diabetes seems to be increasing in the population.

As always, if you are worried about any of the symptoms, see your family doctor.

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