Managing Type 2 diabetes

United States
May 1, 2007 11:55am CST
It is true .. you can manage Type 2 diabetes by losing weight. For the last year my baseline number has been definitely in the "normal" level. I've been steadily losing weight for the last three years, and I plan to lose another 30 pounds over the next 16 months. I feel so much better. And, I want to much to not be dependent upon medication. The most interesting thing is, I'm losing weight and managing the sugar, and still eat anything I want to. I don't suggest this for anyone else. I remember the battle I had with hunger. This is part of the Type 2 syndrome .. the hunger. In order to get the weight loss started, we have to change what we eat .. eat filler foods that don't raise the sugar: raw carrots, for instance.
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@rsa101 (14960)
• Quezon City, Philippines
2 May 07
I guess we're in the same situation in here. I was diagnosed to be diabetic las t Nov of last year and since then with the help of medication and dieting. My blood sugar was normalized already eversince and had no episodes of high blood sugars. My medication was lowered too as a result for having my blood sugars under control. Even my cholesterol levels which was high during those times have gone down to normal levels and my fatty liver has already dropped to normal as a result of this.
• United States
2 May 07
Congratulations! You have done well. Don't quit.
@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I've also had these same problems. I'm going in for my first checkup after being diagnosed in a week or so. I'm hoping my glucose and cholesterol are both within acceptable levels. I also had high blood pressure, too. It's so difficult to try and get all of these things under control.
@mycharm88 (2292)
• Philippines
6 May 07
Congratulations Danjenkins!!! It takes strong determination and discipline to accomplish that! For me i'm having a problem w/ my dad who is diagnosed last year, he is diabetic and w/ high blood pressure. Thanks for ther tips, i think this would really help my dad.God bless!
@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
2 May 07
thats great information! very valid indeed and true!im too are trying to lose weight without feeling being on a hunger strike! thanks for the tips anyway..more power to you here..
• United States
2 May 07
Drink lots of water. It will help to flush out the sugar, and will help you lose weight.
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@rsa101 (14960)
• Quezon City, Philippines
2 May 07
I also used that technique even before I had my diabetes. But you'll need a little exercise to really lose those pounds.
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• United States
6 May 07
My biggest problem in weight gain has always been snacking, and eating after 6PM. When I cut down on the amount of what I eat, and eat healthily, and stop eating after 6PM, the pounds come off, even with minimal activity. But, you are right, exersize is important, especially for anyone with diabetes.
@johnwoon (125)
• Malaysia
12 May 07
My wife is having Type 2 diabetes and the doctor told her that this was the result of her last pregnancy. She's doing a lot of exercise to the best she can, controlling intake of carbohydrates and sugar. She does not you the hunger problem you mentioned. Thank God, her blood sugar level has been well controlled so far. I believe one other factor for her success is the fact that she includes in her diet, foods containing bitter gourd. You should check this out! http://diabetics-guide.blogspot.com
• United States
17 May 07
Thanks for the website pointer. I had my blood work done recently, and the base line on sugar is well within normal range, so between the glucophage and watching what I eat (kinda), and weight loss, I'm doing good. But, I am still working on losing more weight. Problem is, then I have to buy new clothes! I've had to buy two new suits in the last year, and have given away at least two suits I grew out of. But, since weight loss helps keep my sugar suitable (lol), I'm not complaining.
@KrauseHome (35526)
• United States
9 May 07
Thanks for sharing this. I know due to other Health issues associated with being Diabetic, I am now considered type 1.5 and since being put on Insulin almost 3 yrs. ago, I have gained a lot of weight from it as well. (About 20 pds. to be exact.) Sometimes I know a lot of this weight gain can be from Lack of Excercise. But I have severe Neuropathy, and Rhuemetoid Arthritis which makes it hard for me to walk around a lot of the time. I do miss back when I weighed less though. Just Glad to see you have been able to do so.
• United States
12 May 07
I am so sorry to hear about your neuropathy and the arthritis. I am very thankful that I've not had those problems. I would suggest that you research exersizes you can do while sitting, and that you find foods that help to curb your appetite with fewest calories. One of my snacks is baby carrots. I dip them in fat free ranch dressing.
• Philippines
3 May 07
That is wonderful to hear! Could you tell me what kinds of food do you eat? I mean, besides raw carrots... How many times a day do you eat and what's a normal meal for you? I don't have diabetes yet, but my dad does, and the doctors say that it's usually inherited by the daughter. My blood sugar is about borderline already so I really need help...
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• United States
7 May 07
Welllllll .. I am NOT a poster child for how to lose weight and control diabetes. I am losing weight and eating pretty much what I want to.... but, I eat less, and watch how late I eat. I am a chocaholic. Have to really watch it.
@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
1 May 07
Congratulations. You can be happy. I don`t have diabetis. But unfortunately one of my dogs got diabetic all of a sudden and dogs are always type 1 and so I had to learn a lot about the disease and diets and have to give my dog 2 shots of insulin every twelve hours with each meal. The dog is fine. I read the story of a ninety year old man who manages his type 2 just with diet and sports, especially walking. Diabetis does not shorten life expectancy or quality, maybe you and my dog will get very old.
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• United States
1 May 07
It is tough on animals when they contract these kind of diseases. I'm glad to hear he is doing well.
• United States
27 Aug 07
Congrats on your weight loss and your diabetes being in the normal level! Hopefully you will lose the extra 30lbs that you want to lose and I believe you can!
@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I have also gained control of my blood sugar levels by losing weight. I have lost 38 pounds in the last 6 months. It has helped me get control. I also exercise 3 or 4 times a week and this has helped as well. I first tried to get my blood sugar down just by changing my eating habits. But, that didn't work. I had to exercise. This helped use up some of the excess sugar in my blood and it also helped with the weight loss. I am eating more now than I did at the beginning, and I'm still losing weight. I am sure this is because of the muscle I have built up. I agree that raw carrots are good to use as filler foods. I eat them with sandwiches and they take the place of the chips I used to eat. They are crunchy and help fill me up.
@craftwave (1338)
• United States
29 May 07
I recently seen my doctor and he said I was pre diabetic. His perscription for me as to take cinnamon capsles. You can buy them in the vitamen isle. He says it takes the sugar right down. This is my type of medicine.