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Old 07-20-2014, 11:43   #1
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I am writing on behalf of my dad who is diagnoised with diabetes type 2 1.5 months ago. He experienced rapid weight loss from 70kg to 59 in just 2 to 3 months and blood test showed a high of about 399 mg/dl = 22.16667 mmol/l.

The doctor put him on Glipizide and Trajenta Duo. He had a total change of diet from oily unhealthy food to Oat and wholemeal bread for breakfast, brown rice, vegetable, fish and chicken (steamed or roasted) for lunch and dinner. In between meals he will take an apple or high fibre, low sodium crackers or milk.

He managed to bring down his sugar level to an acceptable 4 to6+ mmol/l in just a month's time. Doctor has been reducing Glipizide.

However, he is still losing weight. He is now underweight and is abouth 56kg even though his blood sugar is acceptable. I would like to ask if this is the norm? Or is he getting too little food? I would like to get him to a healthy 65kg or at least 60kg.

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Rapid weight loss is not a good sign and I hope there are no other health issues involved. High blood sugars do result in weight loss as the kidneys are unable to process all the circulating glucose in blood & release it in the urine, a condition known as glycosuria.

In my opinion your father is now undergoing a double whammy effect. Firstly he is being made to eat stuff that is designed to raise blood sugar very high & then he is being made to take medications which bring sugars down with highly undesirable side effects.

On this forum you will find websites, like bloodsugar101 and dietdoctor being recommended for a better understanding of the disease. Please do read them thoroughly. While doing so, it will dawn on you that the carbohydrates in diet convert to glucose when digested & that raises the blood sugar. So it is best that diabetics avoid them like the plague. Many of us here, stay away from all grains and all sugars. Beware, they are hidden everywhere.

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Hi skb

Thank you for the reply.

Yes my dad's diet before diabetes diagnoise was bad. He ate unhealthily. His blood sugar was way too high for months and I guess that explained his rapid weight lost.

Every since he is taking the medication, his blood sugar began to normalise. We measure his blood sugar on every alternate days, morning, afternoon and before bed time. I guess losing weight might be 1 of the side effect of a drastic change in eating habit and medication. He is still losing weight but not in a drastic manner. My guess is that his body is not used to such healthy food rich with fiber. Did a blood and stool test on him and showed no serious illness. I guess I have to monitor his weight every week for 1 more month. If it keeps dropping, more tests need to be done.

He felt terrible before discovering he has diabetes and now he has much more energy after changing his diet and getting his blood sugar level down. I am just hoping that he wont lose more weight at least.

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Hi skb Thank you for the reply. Yes my dad's diet before diabetes diagnoise was bad. He ate unhealthily. His blood sugar was way too high for months and I guess that explained his rapid weight lost. Every since he is taking the medication, his blood sugar began to normalise. We measure his blood sugar on every alternate days, morning, afternoon and before bed time. I guess losing weight might be 1 of the side effect of a drastic change in eating habit and medication. He is still losing weight but not in a drastic manner. My guess is that his body is not used to such healthy food rich with fiber. Did a blood and stool test on him and showed no serious illness. I guess I have to monitor his weight every week for 1 more month. If it keeps dropping, more tests need to be done. He felt terrible before discovering he has diabetes and now he has much more energy after changing his diet and getting his blood sugar level down. I am just hoping that he wont lose more weight at least.
I think the drastic decrease in blood sugar has more to do with very, very, very, very bad medicine than diet. The Glipizide will burn out his pancreas in time and he will no longer be able to produce Any natural insulin. I'm very sorry. I think you need to read sites like bloodsugar101.com and learn more about this dreadful disease. You may be very surprised.

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Yes, a good thorough read of Blood Sugar 101 will teach you more than your doctor ever will about this malady. I'd advise you starting today.

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Hi Bree

I will take time to read up. Thanks! The doc has reduced the dosage from 1 tablet twice a day to 1/2tablet twice a day. Latest dosage is 1/2daily. I hope with this reduction, his body can take it. Certainly do not want him to be on insulin jab.

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Gradually reduce the amount of grain in his diet, replacing it with more fats and protein. He will get lean and his blood sugar will reduce. Be ready for some drops and have eggs and cheese standing by for snacks. I agree that the faster he is off those meds the better. Most of us do better with metformin, a tried and true help but a reduction or removal of grains is necessary for best stabilization of blood sugars.

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Hi JR

I have not read up yet but isn't brown rice a better alternative?

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Replacing one carb with another is not the solution. Brown rice or white rice both will spike.

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Hi mdslim

His rapid weight loss has slowed down when his diabetes is under control. He is still losing weight slowly, like 2kg in 1.5mo mths. So I thought its his diet that's making him lose weight now. Just have to weight him weekly for 1 more month and see how it goes.

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