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5/3/10 4:23 A

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Yes I agree it is very hard for a type one diabetic to lose weight that is unless your levels are running high. I try to keep my levels normal and have been taking insulin since the age of 12 and I am now 29. Its very frustrating when my friends lose weight very quickly. They lose ten pounds I loose one. I am so glad that I am not alone. My doctor told me to eat like the size I wanna be but truth is I dont eat much for the size that I am.

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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,090
4/28/10 1:13 P

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I'm going to hop in here, too; I could've written all these posts!

I turned 50 in December so I'm starting to see some peri-menopause stuff which is throwing a wrench in my control. I've been type 1 for 18 years, a pumper for six.

I have been exercising religiously (30 minutes a day) for a year and a half and keeping my food portions on the small side. I've probably been eating too little to stoke my metabolism but hey, you'd think with little enough food I'd lose, right?

I'm at my highest all-time weight right now and can't seem to budge a single pound, no matter what I do. I actually checked to see if my scale was broken!

I managed to lose 38 pounds in three and a half months back when I was 40 by sticking to an ultra low carb diet (less than 30 grams a day). But even when I do that now, nothing budges.

I'm almost at the point where I want to give up but instead, I've joined SparkPeople...



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4/12/10 2:30 A

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Gosh, it is so reassuring to hear that so many of us Type 1's have some of the same issues: the ability to lose weight. I do so many of the things mentioned, eating well all day, keeping blood sugars under good control, exercising, then BAM! experiencing a low which in turns means intake of sugar which equals a high blood sugar, etc. I've been trying to lose 10 lbs since January and have managed to lose 5-7 and have gone no further. I've tried switching up the exercise from strength training, walking, jogging, lots of cardio, cutting calories, calorie uptake, and everything else from practically A-Z. I've now added a Zumba class to the mix. It's so easy to get discouraged, but at least I know even doing as much as possible correctly, it can still be hard to shed those pounds. Oh, well, I'm gonna keep trying! Thanks for the post and the replies!

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HONEYBEAR027's Photo HONEYBEAR027 Posts: 1,058
4/11/10 7:53 P

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Hi RLEE

I don't know why no whole grains when you have kidney issues, but maybe it is related to potassium? I have a friend who has had a kidney transplant and she needs to watch potassium high foods. I would check with my Dr. and watch whatever they tell me to watch. I have also heard that you need to limit your protein to put less stress on the kidneys.

I actually do think the protein was raising my insulin needs. I went back to my veg ways and my bloodsugars are stable again, but who knows?? Sometimes it is all a mystery....

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
4/5/10 7:39 P

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Honey it sounds like you have the exercise thing down pat.Good for you girl!!Keeping the sugars in a good range (tightly controlled) is why those of us who do exercise have those annoying lows.I really feel that a low can ruin all my good work for a day,I eat clean and workout then BAM low and extra sugar has to go in and usually come back high.You know the highs you have been experiancing arent from fish or chicken,protiens wont give us highs, what are you using ? a pump or MDI's? maybe something is going on with that? I usually try to eat 3 healthy meals a day with fruit for snacks or fiber bars,meat only 3 times a week,lots of fish and chicken,I have kidney issues but still eat whole grains too,I read somewhere that diabetics with kidney problems should stay away from whole grains I dont know why,everything we've ever been told tells us to use whole grains.

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HONEYBEAR027's Photo HONEYBEAR027 Posts: 1,058
4/5/10 7:02 P

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Hi Everyone.

I am in the same boat as all of you. I do think insulin makes it harder to lose weight. Insulin is a hormone that helps with fat storage, and I think the key is to keep your bloodsugar at a low but stable number while using as little insulin as possible. If ONLY I could make that happen! I eat b/t 1200-1300 cal a day, walk 5 miles 3 days a week (not including dog walks which are extra), do an hour of strength/pilates 2 - 3 days a week, and do 75 min of yoga one day a week. I also do 20 min high intensity intervals on the ellip randomly. Even WITH all that, I only lose about .5 pounds every few weeks. But then I am 40, and only 5'2".

I KNOW the key is consistency, but I do find that hard when I go for a few good weeks and there are no visible signs of weightloss. I also know that I have trouble staying within my calorie range if I end up with a bunch of low blood sugars.

What I am working on right now is just aggressively getting my blood sugars where they need to be. I have been running way high lately and I haven't really been able to figure it out.

What do most of you do food wise? Low-fat? Low-carb? ADA guidelines? I am generally a vegetarian and I try not to eat processed things, but I do eat whole grains. Lately I have been eating a lot more fish and some chicken and my bloodsugars have just been steadily high. Anyone else have this problem?

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4/5/10 3:18 P

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I also agree being type 1. I think it is harder to loose weight. I know keeping good control is key for loosing weight. I have a problem in my mid section I think a lot of it has to deal with using the pump for a few years as well as taking shots in my stomach for years. I have been Type1 for 27+ years. I have also had 2 children. I am a petite person 5' 1" and 115 pounds I feel like I'll never have a firm flat belly1!?!?!? I eat healthy and exercise regularly.

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LUNARULES Posts: 13
4/4/10 11:30 A

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I am definitely in the same boat. I am 36 years old and have been Type 1 for 26 years. It is a terrible struggle to lose weight for me. I have no advice, but its been nice to hear that others suffer from the same problem. My good friend is a dietitian, but she has no advice other than eat/burn fewer calories than your daily requirements. Frustrating. I guess I will see if focusing on keeping my blood sugars level helps, like some others have suggested.

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
3/22/10 12:14 P

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The less insulin sounds right....I find that almost any time im doing really well with the eating and exercising i start with those lovely lows and then must suck down gallons of OJ,not good after a great workout.

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3/22/10 12:06 P

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I'm in the same boat! It's so hard (and frustrating!!) to try and lose weight for a T1. It's going to require a whole lot of discipline and consistency, of which I have neither. :-( I need to lose 20-30 lbs and I'm really having trouble getting myself started. I recently bought the Tosca Reno Clean Eating cookbooks, which I know will be better for the whole family. We tend to eat out and rely on pre-packaged foods way too often, which isn't good for my diabetes or anyone's overall health. It's nice to know I'm not alone... Best of luck to everyone.

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3/22/10 8:49 A

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Thanks for all your posts. I have gained so much weight in the past few years after my son was born. And now it just keeps escalating. It's discouraging because I am needing more insulin now and the pounds just pile on. It's time to really get disciplined. Thanks for all of your encourgement!

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3/21/10 5:59 P

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My understanding is that in order to lose weight (as a diabetic type 1) one should strive to have as even bloodsugar levels as possible, with as little insulin as possible. For some reason (I don't know, maybe someone else does..?) one needs more insulin when one gains weight. But that usually means that one will gain more weight...
I have no idea about being middleaged, since I am "only" 19, but I was diagnosed with type1 14years ago. I believe the biggest struggle is to keep an even bloodsugar. That is my main focus, and it seems to be what is going to make me lose weight also. Even bloodsugar levels = lower weight.

Good luck! Just hang in there! Try to NOT focus on the scale: ) Focus on how you are feeling. Take care of yourself, and eat right, then you will lose weight also! : )

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CE1966 Posts: 89
3/21/10 3:00 P

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RLEEGIRL, when you said you went to a nut., at first I thought you meant a looney person. LOL, just realized you meant nutritionist. You are right...seeing an RD is a good idea. If the scale continues not to budge, I think I'll do that since it's been a while. But I don't think I could stick with a 1200 calorie diet while working out daily, even if they told me to. Still holding out hope that something a little more moderate will yield SOME results, even if they are at a snails pace. Thanks for helping me know I'm not alone in the struggle.

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CE1966 Posts: 89
3/21/10 2:50 P

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Thanks everyone! It's good to know at least I'm not alone here in the slow lane. My endoc checks my thyroid on a regular basis (last time about 2 months ago), so I don't think that's the issue for me at this point. I think I need to adjust my early morning basal rate down a bit, so maybe that will help. I gave myself the day off from logging and working out yesterday, but stuck with healthy/moderate eating. Just needed to re-group mentally. Like the rest of you, I'm going to hang in there and keep working at it. I guess just arresting the upward weight trend is a victory, but it is frustrating to put forth a lot of effort, and see no tangible results.

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3/21/10 2:31 P

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Well, I lost weight slowly until I developed hypothyroidism. You might want to have your endo. check your thyroid, 'cause I never would have thought that my thyroid was the reason I wasn't losing weight all of a sudden.

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RLEEGIRL's Photo RLEEGIRL Posts: 530
3/21/10 8:59 A

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I too find it very hard I am Type 1 and 50 using a pump.I go to the gym at least 5 times a week and lift weights also.I cut back everything till I am on 1200 cal a day. I have been to a nut. and DE. they say the same thing"It takes time" I would be happy seeing a pound a week that is at least something,seeing the nothings gets very discouraging but I keep going on.

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3/20/10 9:37 P

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My personal opinion is that yes, diabetes + middle age (although I'm not there yet) does make this a little more complicated. Calories in vs calories out is only part of the equation. In my limited experience, I can't make any progress at all unless my BG is reasonably well-behaved, regardless of whether its too high or too low or both.... Tricky, because adding exercise and better food can shift your insulin needs and until you get a new routine figured out you're on hold.
Its not a bad idea to hook up with an endo and a nutritionist and see what they suggest, if you can.

Losing weight with diabetes/insulin CAN be done, there's a bunch of people on this team who have successfully done so, but it is trickier.
Even if you're not losing yet, try to remember that being good to yourself with good food and regular exercise have other benefits too!
Good luck!

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CE1966 Posts: 89
3/20/10 5:47 P

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I'm a Type 1 on a pump, 43 years old, and I'm a bit discouraged. I know this is a marathon, not a sprint, but I've been logging everything for a couple of weeks, and have lost zero. I'm pretty active, buring about 2800 Kcal/week via exercise. While I eat towards the top of my Sparkpeople calorie range, with the exercise, I have been at an average 450 Kcal deficit per day. Everything is well balanced from a nutrition standpoint, though I am facing the possibility of giving up the empty calories in my dinnertime wine to see if that helps. I guess I just expected to see something happen on the scale, and find myself wondering if the diabetes/insulin + middle age is making this harder than normal. I don't mind losing slowly, and think that is best, just would like to see some movement. Any other T1's have a seemingly harder time getting the scale to budge, or am I just being too impatient?

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