i was diagnosed with type 2 several years ago, but lost 85 pounds last year due to stress (?) after I lost my job/insurance. I still have about 30-40 pounds to go. I received a free meter today, and tested for the first time in over a year...it was 419. I am on weight watchers diet (for 4 weeks), but have only lost the initial 3 pounds and can't get anywhere. I have no money for a dr visit, so I am trying to get this under control with diet and exercise. Am I on the right track? Do I just need to add more exercise (I admit I don't get anywhere enough exercise)?
The best diet for diabetes is the diet that you can stick with in the long run if that diet doesn't have a deleterious effect on your blood sugar levels.
Almost any diet is better than the "standard American diet" of a lot of fast food and other restaurant meals that are high in starch as well as high in fat.
So use your meter to see how your diet is affecting your BG levels as well as your weight loss. Your reading of 419 is much too high and will contribute to the gradual destruction of your beta cells. You should try some medication to get those numbers down. You want to keep your numbers below 140, and then only for a little bit after meals. Under 120 is better.
Exercise is more effective in helping you keep your weight off than it is in losing weight.
If you've never tried a low-carb diet you might consider that. Weight Watchers tends to be high in carbs, although they keep changing their diets and I don't know exactly what they're prescribing today.
High Carb diets do NOT reverse insulin resistance.
IF a diet is HIGH CARB and you have any form of diabetes, it WILL NOT WORK for YOU.
I know people who were able to lose weight and normalize BG levels by eating high-carb, whole-food diets along with a lot of exercise.
I don't think we can ever generalize about diets and diabetes because the disease is so complex. The best diet depends not only on our individual physiology but on how far advanced the disease was when we were diagnosed.
Someone in the very early stages can usually tolerate more carbs than someone with more advanced disease.
My personal experience supports what Ester Mae states. As a weight-loss surgery patient with diabetes 2, I have found that eliminating grains from my diet works miracles. I lose weight, I get unbloated (I know that I just made that word up but it think it should be a word, LOL), and am not sluggish. As soon as I eat bread, up jump the pounds on the scale, and with it my craving for more bread, and then ultimately I feel at ill ease -- sluggish, bloated, mentally dull.
Currently, I am doing the Primal Blueprint 21-day Total Body Transformation challenge. Why don't you check it out and see if you'd like to join me? It can kick start you on a path to better health. This program is more restrictive then how I usually eat, but it is a good way for me to get back on track after all the indulgences of rich food at the holidays.
Good luck - MBL
Incidentally, Sooze, in my previous answer to you, I left out some important info - since I've been on Weight Watchers, not only have I loss a nice amount of weight, my blood sugar numbers remain near the 110-98 area, usually 138-150 after meals. I feel great! Also, and this is important, I revved-up my exercise program. I attend 2 aerobics classes a week, I go to Curves 1-2 times a week, and I walk at least 60 minutes 1 time a week. In between time, I ride my stationary bike while I watch tv at home. An increase in exercise is MANDATORY to keep blood sugar under control. Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for the advice. My mom is a type 2 diabetic and was wondering could she do the weight watchers plan. I myself have lost 40 pounds on it and have kept it off for two years. Starting again tomorrow for that last 10 pounds...wish me luck!!!!
I, too, am Type 2 diabetic. I have been on the Weight Watchers online program since February 2008. I have lost 16 lbs! I LOVE the program, because it allows you to eat the things you usually eat and enjoy, but with portion control. You must factor in fruits, vegetables, calcium needs, etc. accordingly--in other words, you must still eat sensibly and correctly, or otherwise, you might end up not getting the proper nutrition for your body. Portion control and the Food Pyramid located at www.mypyramid.gov, a website developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has been a tremendous help to me. Also visit www.win.niddk.nih.gov to get wonderful "recommendations to promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease through nutritious heath and physical activity."
I have t2 and I am currently on weight watchers. But I am having trouble loosing the weight.
I have lost 6lbs in 6wks. nothing seems to work for very long. Although I stay within my point range and have been walking every other day then doing muscle exercise every other day.
My blood sugars have been real good though.
I need help still need to get off 24 more pounds and it is embarrassing when I go and do not lose or have gained because of holding water.
Frustrated is not the word for it.
Insulin Resistance is hard to beat. With T2 Diabetes you are insulin resistance. The fewer the carbs the better. Plus, some form of resistance exercise would help.
Insulin Resistance causing weight gain and is hard to lose.
I would recommend a diet that has fewer Carbs. Not totally Atkins, have some.
I lost 30 lb. just by staying under 100 carbs a day and doing Lesley Sansone's "Walk Away the Pounds Tapes" The first one, a one mile walk seems easy the first few times but you will see results within 2 weeks, then go to the 2-mile, 3-mile, etc.
Hi, I am a 43 yr. old female with type 2. I am 5ft 1in, and weigh 265. I have struggled with my weight all my life and I was diagnosed with t2 a few yrs ago. I have tried many diets and have failed. Looking at W.W. I am concerned that it has way to many carbs, my tryglycerides are 440. way to high. So what can I do?
thanks, Wants to lose
I am type 1 diabetic for 32 yrs now and am on WW and love it. It is not a high carb diet you follow. This program just teaches you how to make better food choices. I have noticed a huge difference in my blood sugar levels to the point I had to decrease my insulin so I did not have low sugars.
I am a 57 year old T2 Diabetic. The disease runs in my family and I am the only sibling, so far, who has inherited it. I have made major changes to my diet and lifestyle since being diagnosed almost five years ago.
My endocrinologist told me to do the following: avoid sugar and white flour. Eat lean protein. Limit fruit to 2 per day and eat them with your meal as opposed to as a snack. Watch my cholesterol intake and sodium intake. Last, but not least, exercise every day for 30 minutes or more.
I have followed his advice; it isn't easy and takes a great deal of self-control. I think in terms of eating to live, not living to eat. I do not want to have my body be destroyed by this illness. My mom developed the disease at age 44 and didn't take care of herself. I saw how it ravages the body. It takes a great deal of self control but it can be done. I walk every day for 45 minutes and lift weights at home every other day.
It's not easy because we are surrounded by food every moment. Holidays, restaurants, cooking shows and advertisements - it's a part of our lives. The thing to do is to not let food control you - you have to control the food.
I tell myself every day, and every time I want to put something in my mouth, that my life and my maintaining good health is worth more than a cookie.
Good luck! You can do it! We are stronger than we realize!
reading your post is like looking in the mirror .43,type2,5ft,220.lbs very high blood sugars and triglycerides are always in the thousands ..i am trying ww again but am going to watch some of the things they say are 0 points .they said all friut were 0 points in my last meeting but i know how high the natural sugar is in the fruit .try to find a friend ,family member to join with you ..that is what i am doing this time around starting off slow but motivated .i want and need so bad to loose weight also ..
I just joined WW again and this time the program makes sense to me. I've lost 10.8 lbs in 2 weks and like you I am short 5.2 and I weight more 235 when I started. My goal weight is 140 and this time I am going to do it. I was diagnosed with diabetes and this morning my blood sugar was at 124 the doctor wants me to try and bring it lower so that I won't have to go on medication. It is tough knowing that I have a whole life of changes ahead of me. We have to think of how we are going to live the rest of our lives and how we have to learn to do it right because we did not get like this by watching what we put in our mouths. Portion control and wanting to be healthy and walking at least 30 minutes a day is a most for living the healthy life that I want. Besides buying big clothes cost more I now wear a 3x and I want to get to a medium and hit all the sales.
I just read your message and it is like your a replica of me.You wrote this message on my birthday and I think there is a reason for me reading it. I have been on Herbal Magic program and find it expensive, good but very expensive. My daughter and son-in-law have just started Weight Watchers on line and showed it to me. I think I might join. I am a type2 diabetic and I think that Weight Watcher can help me. I know what to eat but tend to forget about it. Temptations are always around. I am on medication for my diabete. I really need to start exercising. I wish you the best and hope that this time is the good one. I want to feel good. So I will go on Weight Watcher on line and start.
Thank you for posting. I am similar to your story and trying to find out if the new WW will work for me. I haven't really like it in the past and I've tried it twice over the last 20 years.
When diagnosed in 2009, I immediately lost 36lbs just by following what my Doc said. Three meals of 30 carbs or less a day and 3 snacks of 15 carbs or less. The weight dissapeared in one and one half months. Then I was stuck with 30lbs to go.
I am 5'4" and 227 today. I just went through two breast cancer surgeries in March and so that is one of the reasons I think that I gained little bit. I was about 223 before being diagnosed in Jan. The BC will be fine. And I will be cancer free. It was caught at it's earliest.
Thanks again for emailing. You had the exact answers I was looking for.
SGS in Pacific NW
Wow Mary you are such an inspiration. I was diagnosed just about five years ago also. It was cervical cancer that added 100 pounds to my 5'-6", average boned frame, back in 1994 and Graves Disease and Diabetes, helps keep it there. I struggle with embarrassment and shame each day because I can not deal with being fat. I try to move on but I always end up trying another diet aid, or program. I steer away from pills due to my fear of having Graves Disease. I must train myself to steer away from and stay away from sugar and flour. I love bread, plain old white bread but try not to eat it much. I tend to slip up during ho lidays. I was contemplating joining Weight Watchers, but their site doesn't tell a lot about whether or not they are geered towards diabetics. So low-carb dieting is what I'm thinking. I am also 56 years of age and have exercised almost everyday since I was 21 years old. It is only now that I'm getting a bit discouraged by my efforts. Nothing is working, hair is thinning, not feeling very attractive, I hide from my husband, I skip all family functions, it's a mess. I want my life back. I will give this another valid try #102 :-) I've tried them all. Thanks for your encouragement. Lyn (Type 2)
it took many years for me to realize that all diets work if we follow them. it's not the particular diet that breeds success; it's our choosing to follow it. so if you have decided that it's time to make some permanent lifestyle changes you are on your way to success. you have to do it for yourself. i'm now 58, a divorced parent of two college age sons and know that i want to be as healthy as possible as i get even older and enter my retirement years. i am the only one who can make this choice. i've been doing really well. i walk religiously and am very careful about what goes into my mouth. i have dropped 31 lbs since xmas and my cholesterol has gone down 42 points. my a1c is below 6; my endocrinologist is so happy. i still have another 31 to lose and hope that maybe i will be able to get off the bp meds.
every morning i thank god for another day and ask him to give me strength to live a healthy lifestyle. living in nyc i am surrounded by restaurants and some of the best bakeries but i want to be healthy more than i want to take a bite of the cherry cheesecake! on holidays and get togethers i will allow myself a taste, and by that i mean a teaspoon, of some delicious dessert on the table. i just make sure to walk an extra 15 minutes.
i was sick this past winter and it really shook me up. the doctors were looking for cancer - leukemia or liver cancer. after 3 months the blood tests showed me positive for mononucleosis and was anemic due to gastritis caused by taking low dose aspirin! i can't begin to describe how poorly i felt and i had to keep working as i am the head of household. when i was sick i had to have a stress test as they were looking for a cause for my shortness of breath. the cardiologist told me that the most important thing a person can do for their body is exercise. it lowers cholesterol and helps use up excess glycogen. his words have stayed with me. thank god i am well again but being sick made me so much more aware of my body and increased my desire to be well and healthy. i tell my sons who are 21 and 25 that they have to respect the body that god gave them and treat it well starting now, when they are young men so that they avoid problems down the road.
do not feel overwhelmed by your current state. you have to start somewhere and now is the best time to begin. you can't expect the weight to pour off overnight since it didn't pour on overnight. start changing your diet and exercising. my hair has also thinned out; a combination of aging and the diabetes and graves disease. i saw a dermatologist and he told me to use rogaine for men. after 3 months i should see new hair coming in.
i hope my success will help inspire you. remember that you are strong. and if you do stumble along the way just pick yourself up and continue on the right track without beating yourself up for stumbling.
Esther: Your story seems a lot like mine. I am 55, 5'5", 231# & Type 2 diabetic. My question is about your great WW weight loss success. What type of breakfast do you have? And how are your bc/bs numbers reading? I would like to incorporate 1 c steel cut oats w/1 t cinnamon/stevia & 1/2 small red apple for breakfast - but often wonder if that might be too big of a carb overload for my bloodsugar. Please let me know approx how many carbs per meals/snacks that you have been consuming to get such great weight loss & how your glucose numbers have been reading? "Thank You..." Keep up the marvelous work. I too have a goal weight of 140.
wow these few words are so inspiring. I truly feel motivated to take control of this diabetes and live a more disiplined healthy life.
The best way to continue to lose weight, is to WRITE down everything you put in your mouth. You would be amazed at the things you eat and forget about. Really, I surprized myself when I started writing down everything that I eat. Try it, I bet you will be surprized too. Try it for one whole week. From Monday to Monday and see if that makes a Huge difference. Just trying to help. Good Luck!!!!!! I
KNOW YOU WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE.
nutrisystem diabetics meal plan helped me lose weight stay heathy and also lower my blood sugar levels to 80 before breakfast and 93 after breakfast the food is great and you also get a different snack every night 28 breakfast,28 lunch,28 dinner, 28 snack, 28 protien shakes,you will love it!
Sooze, Congratulations on loosing the 85 pounds, stress or not that is a good start. I too have T2 and need to loose weight. I visited a dietician to develop a healthy meal plan and I use a combination of diet, exercise, and medication. You say you lost your job and insurance so I know finances are tight. My mother who is also T2 has been on weight watchers off and on for 40 years. I know that weight watchers is expensive but if it works then it is worth it. I wish I had my mothers bg numbers. I think you definately need to visit a doctor a bg of 419 is too high. Call the American Diabetes Association and ask them if there are any free clinics in your area or call the local health department and see if they have free clinics. Most diabetes drug manufacturers have programs to help with the cost of medication. The doctor should be able to help you get in contact the drug manufacturers. Be sure to exercise as much as you can especially strength and resistance exercises to help lower bg.
I also have T2. After trying a variety of diets I managed to stabalise my weight (after an initial loss) and my bg levels for 3 years before both started creeping up again. I have now managed to regain control with a low carb diet. My weight is back dowm and bg levels are normal.
Hope this helps.
Insulin Resistance Diets are about lower Carbs. I can see why a Low CARB diet worked for you. Congrats!
For all other readers as well:
Don't be fulled by diets that promise weight loss. When you are INSULIN RESISTANT you MUST eliminate CARBS.
Eating too many CARBS got you where you are today.
You can only reverse it by cutting back on them now.
Good Luck to ALL!
Just be careful with a low carb diet with a lot of the protein being animal protein. I just had a recent visit to the ER with kidney stones that my Dr. told me were probably caused by too much "animal" protein. The most painful thing I have ever experienced - even worse than child birth. More veges, less animal protein & more protein from other sources, & a few WHOLE grains. This has been my diet. I have lost 11# since Sept. 19th.
I am a type 1 diabetic on an insulin pump. I have some weight to lose and was wondering if the Weight Watchers plan would work for me?
Stick with it! My dad is Type 2 as well, and we just got clearance from his doctor to go ahead and start WW. Important for him was the food journal, weight watchers food calculator, complete food companion and dining out guide. He's a detail guy, so the more he writes down and reads about, the easier it will be in the long run. Plus, it's great for your brain to learn new things at any age, so don't give up! My dad has to cross reference the WW plan with food that lists the glucose index, but because WW makes so much sense, it is not too difficult to do. We started with finding all of the WW foods with zero and one point values, then deleted the ones with a high GI, or those he did not like, and then went from there. YOU can do it! I also use WW, and used a website: peertrainer.com, to calculate my points, so I can get off extra post-baby weight! Very important: research the glucose index of the foods you eat :)
Since you Dd doesn't get as many carbs as WW recommends can he substitue extra protein. My husband and I want to start WW but he is diabetic and likes protein.
Since your dad has done all of that great research, Can he email it to me? I would love to follow it/ I am on ww and was so dissappointed for my first week. I weighted in at 276 and after one week on ww i dropped only 1lb. I am now in my second week and will weigh in on Sat. I am concerned after reading all of the comments and posts on this sight about the carbs. How many carbs should i consume daily. On WW the fruits and veggies are unlimited and have 0 points. I am new to being a diabetic and I rarely take Medformin. When I do the test in the am without any food i am getting a reading of 140 or 170. Fruits tends to make our glocuse levels rise and thus will show a high reading right?
I want to get out of the 200's , I am 55 yrs old and will be 56 on the 24th of Sept. I feel that i have lived over 20 yrs trapped behind this fat body. I am a beautiful and well dressed lady; but i feel insecure about my lbs and most of the weight shows up in my mid-section. Help
Check out the raw food movement! go to sunfood nutrition.Get the movie the 30 day challenge.Buy the book " There is a cure for diabeties" Orthadox drs. only say there is no cure.They are wrong! My mom, Both of my sisters, both of my sons,my sister- in- law, and my niece are all diabetics. Just about EVERYONE GOES DOWN THE PATH --- YOUR GIVEN ONE PILL,YOU TRY REALLY HARD TO BE FAITHFULL TO YOUR DIET, this might go on a year or so then youll eat something your suger goes up pretty soon your eating sweets your suger is high,your takeing pills....Then your dr. adds another pill! now your taking 2 pills.. pretty soon the same thing happens... pretty soon your takeing insulin. All the pills stop working in about 4 years!
There is ONLY ONE CURE AND THAT IS DIET! YOU CAN GO ON A 7 DAY JUICE FEAST( VEGETABLE)FRESH ONLY. Your suger WILL drop to normal!!!! My son was just told he was to go on insulin. He juiced for 7 days his suger went down from 360 to 95.Now instead of pills he controls it by feasting.I did the juice feast then went to eating a raw food diet.There is another path.. you just have to want it bad enough! I did alot of research on all the meds..There ALL BAD.METFORMIN CAUSES LIVER CANCER!..THE ONES LIKE GLUCOVANCE..CAUSE YOUR PANCREAS TO RUN OUT OF INSULIN..ON AND ON..personally I'd rather eat raw than eat the pills! Besides I know people who got rid of multiple sclerosous, Asthma,lots of small things also like skin tags falling off, ECT.by eating raw..Go online check it out...HUGE movement!!!
Bilbont.... My sister also is t2 diabetic and she has just been taken off glucoance because it was affecting her liver etc . what is the websight address to find out more about the 7 day juice feast of veggies.
I am a type II and have been on WW since March 12th. I have lost about 12 lb. My morning glucose was in the 130-150 range with 1500 mg per day of glucovance 500/2.5; now it consistently under 100. I am down to 750 mg per day, going down to 500 mg as of May 4th. I use the meter to check my glucose in the morning, and two hours after breakfast. ADA guidelines- 65-100 fasting, less than 180 two hours after eating. Your reading of 419 is WAY out of range. It has been made possible with the Weight Watchers program.
I am on 37 points per day with 37 anytime points each week. My between meal snacks are Entenmann's Choicolate Chip Whole Grain Bars (3 points), Wise pretzel Thin 1.5 oz (3 points), 8 oz. private label fat free yogurt (2 points).
Go on WW online and purchase the points calculator. You can take it with you to the store and caalculate points for any food.
Best of luck, and get the morning number down.
Check out the raw food movement! go to sunfood nutrition.Get the movie the 30 day challenge.Buy the book " There is a cure for diabeties" Orthadox drs. only say there is no cure.They are wrong! My mom,Both of my sisters, both of my sons,my sister in law, and my niece are all diabetics.Just about EVERYONE GOES DOWN THE PATH --- GIVEN ONE PILL,TRY RESLLY HARD TO BE FAITHFULL TO YOUR DIET, this might go on a year or so then youll eat something your suger goes up pretty soon your eating sweets your suger is high,your takeing pills....Then your dr. adds another pill! now your taking 2 pills pretty soon the same thing happens... pretty soon your taken insulin.
Ther is ONLY ONE CURE AND THAT IS DIET!YOU CAN GO ON A 7 DAY JUICE FEAST( VEGETABLE)FRESH ONLY. Your suger WILL drop to normal!!!! My son was just told he was was to go on insulin. He juiced for 7 days his suger went down to 95.Now instead of pills he controls it by feasting.I did the juice feast then went to eating a raw food diet.There is another path.. you just have to want it bad enough!
I am insulin resistant with polycysitc ovary syndrome and I gained 60 pounds in the past 18 months. My mom also has type 2. I just had an appointment with an endocrinologist, and she said to do the following:
- choose whole grain options always over bleached or white options (bread, pasta, brown rice etc) The high fiber content will help the body balance the carbs
- eat meals of 1-2 cups carbs, 4-6 oz meat or protein, and a large serving of veggies.
- Make sure to drink skim milk once a day, or low fat yogurt, the dairy is good
- Watch fat, but keep eating small amounts of healthy oils
- Research the Glycemic Index of the foods you are eating (you can find this by searching google for glycemic index, there are great sites that tell you what fruits and veggies are good too, some are not great)
- always eat the whole fruit or veggies, not a juice, as the fiber is important for processing the natural sugars
- eat 4-6 smaller meals rather than 2-3 big ones
- weight watchers is not bad, as long as you are also following these rules (I was already on weight watchers when I went to my appointment)
The great thing is, that the foods she recommended are less points than the ones I was eating, so I can actually eat more and feel better!
The most wonderful program I have found that has had lasting results to my mind as well as my body is a program called Shrink Yourself. Just Google Shrink Yourself and check out his great program. Not a lot of money involved, either, and you get soooooo much help!
I take 1000mg of cinnamon every day, it helps me regulate my blood sugar levels along with metformin. You could ask your doctor on how much you could take.
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I would say that yes if you can just add in a little bit of walking say 15 minutes 3 times a week and then add a little bit each week that will help you to build mucle and shed those extra pounds that you want to.
The problem with the point system is if you use your points to eat the foods that are high carb or sugar it isn't going to change your problem. You get to a point you have to get serious about health and want health more than food. I had to cut carbs and white flour and sugar to change my blood work and get my sugar normal once again. The weight comes off when you do that. After you get to your normal weight a slice of birthday cake will not hurt you but you really can't make sweets a part of your daily life every day. It is strange after awhile you no longer want the bad foods once you change into a healthy mind set. Learning to eat well is the best thing you can do for your body, you only get one so treat it well.
If you havent been to a doctor in a long time,I think it is time to go. I am a diabetic,exercise is good,medication is also,but your doctor has to run tests of all king,urine test also,We don't know we have to listen mostly to your doctor,you know your high blood sugar brings on eye problems,heart and high blood pressure,also strokes and amputations,I'm talking from experience,so find you a internal medicine doctor or endocrinologist. PLEASE.
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I read you arcile on the internet i am a diabetic 2 also and trying to loose 50 pounds and weight watcher is a good start but i can't afford it can you tell me the first thing i need to do to get the weight off help email@example.com
not sure if this will help but where i live there is a communtiy center that you can go to and they will help you apply for your meds .along with free care .also you may try your health unit they offer some services also ..over 400 can cause alot of damage on the inside .i am not one to preach as i am not a very good dibetic also ..depression can cause high sugar levels .i am to trying the new weight watcher program along with exercise first week was not at all good but am trying to stay motivated ..