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LAKERSGIRL24's Photo LAKERSGIRL24 Posts: 32
2/26/09 4:32 P

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Hi Everybody
If I could just put in my two cents worth again...
Insulin is a fat-storing hormone. The more you eat, the more insulin you have to take - the harder it is to lose weight. So if you stick to foods that are low in fat and sugar (because they both raise your BS)the easier it is to take off the weight. Easy to talk about but difficult to maintain some days.
Take care, Laurie


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2/26/09 10:57 A

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But shall we come to the conclusion that having a stable blood sugar is optimal for loosing weight? : P Hahahaha... It is always optimal ey? : P
Thank you for the answer : ) And yes! Dreaming is very much allowed ; ) Hahaha

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BROWNEYEDKITTY's Photo BROWNEYEDKITTY Posts: 151
2/26/09 8:52 A

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i don't know if metabolism has anything to do with the weight fluxuations we see in ourselves (at least in relation to our insulin intake). i have heard that taking more insulin can cause weight gain just because of its interactions with sugar. sugar gets broken down into usable engery by the insulin. when there's an excess of sugar in the body that doesn't get used up as engery, it gets stored as fat reserves for times of famine. you can thank your ancient bretheren for that one. of course, in regards to the fluctuations in blood sugars, when you have high number you pee out most of your calories (which is why probably every one of us lost a ton of weight before being diagnosed) and when we have lows we have to eat more than we had planned on that day (and sometimes more than we should to correct the lows) and are more likely to gain weight from the excess eating.

i hope that helpped answer you question, thinrose. sadly for me, i'm not an expert or i'd be making ton of money, have perfect readings, and my dream body. but, hey, a girl can dream, right? ^_^

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THINROSE's Photo THINROSE Posts: 295
2/26/09 2:20 A

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I have a question: Is the metabolism affected when the blood sugar is unstable?
So an unstable blood sugar can actually keep me from loosing weight?

I have had type 1 diabetes for 13 years (since I was 5, I am 18 now^^ haha) and I do know that if I take less insulin, I loose weight, so aiming for lower doses is a good idea. But I have never thought about the possibility that the metabolism could be affected by unstable blood sugar... : P

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2/25/09 6:54 P

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for me, it's not a matter of needing to feel full during a low so much as wanting to keep eating until i feel better. the best thing i have found is starbursts, though any chewy candy would probably work. i love them becaue they are very portion controlled (each chew has 4 grams of carbohydrate) and when you spend so much time chewing, you usually are already feeling better by the time you finish them amount you needed. the only time i really binge anymore is when i have a very persistant low that just doesn't seem to want to come up no matter how much i eat or a desperation low where i'm afraid that if i don't get it up quickly i'm going to pass out.

if you are having a lot of unexplainable lows, i would contact the doctore or DE (diabetes eduactor) and let them know ASAP. multiple lows really aren't any better for you than multiple highs and could lead to hypo unawareness. and trust me, i know what it feels like to have so many lows that it's hard to lose (or even maintain) weight. the sooner you find the problem and can resolve it, the happier and healthier you'll feel.

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2/25/09 6:33 P

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Hi Audra! Welcome to the team! Been Type 1 all my life, since age 4. I will be 44 this year.

I went to college at age 30 myself and got my masters in 2001. It was tough during that time!

I think the first thing is for you to talk to your doctor about lowering your basal rate on your pump. You may be getting more insulin than you need with a healthier diet. Also, I tend to binge with low blood sugars too. I drink regular Coke to help bring it up quickly and if I feel hungry, I opt for protein.... either peanut butter on celery or low fat cheese on whole wheat crackers. I'll drink about 2 to 4 oz. of the Coke, then eat a snack like the PB and celery or the cheese and crackers. I like the low fat string cheese too for something more substantial than the Coke!

Welcome to Spark and to the team! You can find alot of answers on this team! Welcome! Melissa

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LAKERSGIRL24's Photo LAKERSGIRL24 Posts: 32
2/25/09 5:22 P

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Hi Audra,

I have been a Type 1.5 (I know it's strange) for about 14 years (still producing some insulin but not enough for my size)
There are a couple of things that I have learned...
-before I exercise I make sure that my blood sugar level is between 7 and 9 (if you're American, I'm sorry but I don't know how to convert the numbers)
-after I exercise I make sure that I eat something low in fat but high in protein (protein bar, hard-boiled egg (without the yolk), low-fat cheese string or a small low-fat yoghurt)
-I make sure that I eat on time every day (something small every 3 hours. And I have to confess I repeat meals over the week because it's just easier to adjust my insulin dose. I hate having insulin reactions!

Everybody's metabolism is different - it's just trial and error.

Good luck, take care, Laurie

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2/25/09 4:38 P

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When I'm low, I like to drink Swiss Miss No Sugar Added hot chocolate. I know, it sounds crazy. No Sugar Added? But it actually raises my BG just the right amount, and it does so quickly. And the liquid makes me feel full, so it works out great!

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2/25/09 4:11 P

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Hello all my name is Audra and I have been a type 1 diabetic for 14 years and have been on an insulin pump 6 years. I've also suffered from depression since I was like 8 I think. I'm 30 years old, going to college, work part-time as a substitute assistant teacher at two early childhood centers, having trouble making ends meat and have to live with my parents just to get buy. I decided to take on the task of losing weight and getting my blood sugar under control because I was starting to get tingling in my feet and because I am so out of shape. Since I started the tingling as subsided a bit. However the rough thing is that my blood sugar keeps bottoming out sooooo.....does anyone know something besides glucose tablets that would make me feel full and raise my blood sugar because I always want to binge when it goes low?

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