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9/18/11 9:48 A

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I' ve been type 1 diabetic for over 5 years, and have slowly gained weight the whole time. Even though I live in the South, I never took hydration seriously. A couple of months ago, a nurse advised me to start drinking a lot of water due to high potassium levels. I took this seriously and dropped my diet soda for water, at least 72 ozs of water daily. I saw such an improvement in my blood sugar numbers that I decided to try and loose weight. I went on my own low carb, low cal diet by cuottting out chips, crackers, pasta, potatoes, and bread. This just cut my sugars levels and insulin use dramatically. I still take lantus at night, but take almost no Novolog during the day. I don't seem to get craving for carbs and I'm slowly loosing weight. I hit a plateau a few weeks ago but seem to be getting past it. I haave a lot of problems exercising because of a bad knee, but use some dumbells and other exercises that don't strain my knee to bad. So for, I'm delighted with the results.

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4/6/11 11:00 P

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Hi,
Is your back to the point where you are unable to walk? If you are able to start out slow walking around the neighborhood and throw in some hand weights or ankle weights if you can. Any kind of movement is good when it comes to weight loss. They also make vests you can wear that you can add as much or as little weight as you want to it. Any kind of activity will help. In some gyms they have hand bikes where it should not aggravate your back to much or as someone else mentioned the pool is very low impact. In order to get your body in gear some form of activity is needed to create that calorie defecit
I have struggled with it for a number of years and i especially have problems with the blood sugars (today in particular) I love my carbs a bit to much.
Anyway good luck to you all

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CE1966 Posts: 89
3/23/11 5:33 P

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Yes, it IS hard, especially when you can't exercise. Is there any type of activity you could do? Maybe some swimming or pool walking?

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3/22/11 3:06 A

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The low-carb thing does amazing things to diabetes control - magic!
I'm also on a pump...thanks for the Richard K. Bernstein reference, I'm going to look that up, sounds good.


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VALERIE1619's Photo VALERIE1619 Posts: 1,089
3/20/11 10:01 A

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Also, by eating fewer carbohydrates, you'll require less insulin to cover those carbs.

I remember the first "ah-ha" moment I had when I read about lowering carbs. I'd think about my meal, in order to bolus, and say to myself, "OK, chicken: zero grams, veggies: a few grams, rice: 30 grams." Duh! Eliminate the rice and I'd require about half a unit of insulin for that meal.

I was averaging 60 units a day when I ate carbs and was injecting insulin. When I started following Richard K. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, I dropped to 40 units a day. When I started pumping (more effective delivery of insulin) and stayed low carb, I dropped to about 30 units a day which is where I am now.

Less insulin = Less fat storage.

Valerie



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Sh*t is hard. Do it anyway.



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3/20/11 3:04 A

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Hi there!
I fully understand what this is like...with having to take insulin, weight loss is a lot different for us, simple fact of the matter! Insulin is a hormone that promotes fat storage - so the more we take, the harder it is to mobilise fat stores. I'm NOT saying that you shouldn't take your insulin, but perhaps try out things that make you more insulin-sensitive, so that you can decrease your dose while keeping the same BG control. I find that eating less carbohydrate alongside increased exercise can be just the trick for making me more insulin-sensitive, and thereby breaking those weight loss plateaus!
- Ally, type 1 diabetic

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MAZZOLA2004's Photo MAZZOLA2004 Posts: 81
3/2/11 10:06 A

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Thank you for your kind words.

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3/2/11 10:06 A

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Thank you for your kind words.

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JBJMF23 Posts: 63
2/23/11 2:23 P

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ugh!!! I can relate. It is so hard to lose weight when we take our meds. I have been really trying for the past 6 weeks, and I have only lost a few pounds. Keep at it and ask your dr. when you see him or her about the weight loss. Maybe they will have some answers. Maybe lowering your A1C had an effect on your weight?

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2/23/11 2:02 P

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Your A1C improvement is important and a good result of what you're doing.

I can feel your pain with the weight though. I recommitted to ultra low carb (less than 30 grams a day) without exception on January 1. Didn't lose a pound.

Last Friday, I started Medifast. I keep reading about people losing tons of weight during the first week. Today I weighed, just out of curiosity and haven't lost a pound.

I exercise by walking 2.4 miles around a lake three mornings a week. I drink well over 72 ounces of water in addition to the liquid in the meals. I haven't eaten a single thing off plan.

Sigh. I'm keeping up the motto of one day at a time and figure if I keep at it, something's got to change. My blood sugars are stellar, I'm testing 12-15 times a day and staying within a few points of my target of 100.

I've got over 50 pounds to lose and am feeling a bit desperate and discouraged...

Hang in there, you're not alone!

Valerie

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2/23/11 12:52 P

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For the past month I haven't lost any weight, I stay with in my cal. and everything else but no weight is coming off. The best thing is my A1C went from 9 to 6.9. I can't exercise due to bad back. Any Advise, Thanks

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