I too have type 2 diabetes. I have lost 50 lbs and have done the tracking and exercise. I feel that it was partly Spark People but mostly because God has been with me this whole journey. I am still on the metformin, but hopefully can get off of it like she has.
Very inspiring story. I feel there is hope for me. Thanks for sharing what it took for you to get there. I am determined to get off of some of the medications that I am on. I take 6 meds per day for diabetes and arthritis.
Thank you for the inspiration. I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and my doc did not prescribe anything becaue I want to bring my blood glucose down with diet and exercise (and my fasting glucose was right on the edge at 126). I so do not want to take meds or have to test and I know watching carbs and staying active is the only way for me from now on. But it's a day by day process and hearing a story like yours made this day that much easier.
Thank you for sharing. My youngest son was diagnosed with Type 2 as well and he is struggling with weight. (his wife is a good cook and is heavy as well). They are finally on track and your story gives me hope that he too can beat this thing. You are truly an inspiration to a worried mom. Love that you incorporate your work with exercise, helping your children and yourself. Keep up the good work!!
8/8/2012 2:26:44 PM
I lost enthusiasm for this site for two reasons. 1. being beat over the head with e-mails from your organization. More junk thrown at me than I could read in a day. BTW, this was without me signing up for your daily newsletters!
2. The before and after picture of Ann which was obviously not the same woman. You could call it a mistake but it was very misleading.
Thanks for your article. After reading I begin to have the joy that I will get and keep my blood sugars back into a safe range. Stay Blessed.
4/20/2012 12:31:38 PM
Comment on my earlier post: All the "above"s should say "below"... when I was typing my comment I did not realize that the web site posts latest comments on the top... so when I said "above" I am really referring to the earlier comments which are "below" mine. Sorry!
4/20/2012 12:25:57 PM
I loved this article and all the comments attached to it. There appear to be some different opinions about whether diabetes is reversible and whether you can ever truly be "cured". My understanding is that while the underlying condition/predisposition is always there (and will always be there), through diet, exercise, and weight loss you can "reset" your body to use the insulin correctly, thus rendering the disease asymptomatic (this applies only to Type II, obviously, not to Type I where you don't produce insulin). Once the disease is no longer symptomatic, you appear to not have diabetes... however as I said the underlying predisposition is still there so later on, if factors change, it can indeed (as someone said above) come roaring back.
As for me I was diagnosed with type II diabetes in January of 2012, just about the time my company was having us sign up for various healthy-living options, one of which was SparkPeople. I decided to take an aggressive approach to become free of the disease (and off meds). With a lot of help from the tools here on SparkPeople, I have lost over 30 pounds so far and my numbers are way down -- in line with where they're supposed to be and getting better all the time. I have another followup meeting with my doctor in a couple of months and I'm hopeful that at that time I'll be able to get off the meds (metformin). I am encouraged by the comments above from people who have taken this course and been successful; this further convinces me that I can do it; THANKS!
wow I am not being mean or disrespectful. But diabetes does not go away. Once you are diabetic you are just that. It is misleading and could cause some diabetic to do something drastic (not me) the road is not easy. But it is a road that many travel including me. You can control or manage diabetes with medication etc. If you go and eat what is not recommended and not exercise then the beast will roar again. No cure but controlled. It is great that she was able to get off medication. So was I when years later it came roaring back. It sort angers me all these false claims. But on the other hand I do believe in Divine healings from God and have had some. too each his/her own but I tread carefully.....................
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