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Old 05-18-2010, 06:35   #1
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Default Well, I'm confused!

He-e-e-elp!

You will have to excuse me if I'm typing this in the wrong place, I'm new to diabetes and new to forums (I've led a sheltered life! What is a tag anyway?).

As someone (female) who was diagnosed with borderline type 2 a couple of months ago I've read anything and everything I could get my hands on. What I can't understand is that everybody says I have to watch my weight. Well okay, but I was not overweight before having problems and the only place I've put on weight since then is around my middle. When I tried to lose weight I found I could lose it easily ...everywhere except around my middle. So I now have thin arms, legs and everywhere else but. (All I need is the hairy feet and I'd look like a hobbit.)

I've now been told by a pharmacist that the excess weight around the middle is typical. So here's the confusing bit. The mechanism for putting on weight in the normal way seems to be well-known, yet nobody seems to know what the mechanism is for diabetics putting on weight around the middle, or do they? If we knew we could tackle the problem.

Maybe I'm sounding a bit too scientific but if I can do something about the situation I will.

Good luck to you all in fighting the good fight!

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Hello & Welcome to Diabetes Forums.

Next time that you visit the doctor, Ask them about Diabetes. Do you feel that you are hungry and at the toilet more often. In general a balance of food and exercise is the key for good health!! Once that you take meds then things can become complex. Exercise is our main problem and make use if the food that we eat.

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Old 05-18-2010, 22:27   #3
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Hello Corky, welcome! I have the same shape as you, even though I have been a diabetic for 64 years. I lost 4 inches in my waist by cutting my daily carb count to 130g and exercising every day. It came off very gradually but it looks much better. I still need to lose 3 more inches. I have very good control of my diabetes, so I cannot really complain. Good luck with your problem.

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:58   #4
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Thank you both Anthill and Richard ...it was great to hear from people who have 'been there, done that'.

Yes I have been to the GP and had all of the tests, I seem to be just about holding my own with the blood sugar tests. It was the GP who told me I had to lose the extra 7 kilos I am carrying around my middle.

I am trying hard to lose it so I will never have to go on to an injection regime, and have lost over three kilos so far, but it's a bit of a shot in the dark at the moment. As I said, the weight seems to be coming off everywhere but there.

Maybe I will have to get used to it! Incidently, it would be interesting to know if all diabetics have this problem ...as I walk along I keep noticing people who are carrying extra weight in the middle region and wonder if they too have diabetes. (Humour me, I have an over-developed sense of the ridiculous.)

Byee,

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For the first 45 years of my diabetes I was never more than 5 pounds above my ideal weight. I was using insulin taken from pigs all those years. When I started modern day insulins I gained weight. I gained 57 pounds in about 5 years time. My waist did increase in size at a faster pace than the rest of my body. The low carb and exercise routine helped so much. I could have made better choices on types of food, but I just watched my total carb intake. I should have eaten less fatty foods and less pasta. I watched my portions but I could have eaten those foods less often.

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It is common for diabetics, especially type 2 with insulin resistance to gain weight in the abdomen. My endo's office does a waist measurement actually at every visit (much to my dismay!)

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Hi Corky and welcome to the forums. I have the same problem. I am 5'8 and 134 pounds. The only meat I have on me is around the waist. If you find the magical secret to losing this let me know. If I try to lose weight, I start to look anorexic.
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Hello to everbody who has taken the time to write back to me ...thank you to you all! I've learned more from you in acouple of days than in two months from the 'experts'. They just seem to talk around the subject.

But I reckon we all deserve better, don't you?

As I'm sick of reading about warnings aimed at people who already have waist-level weight and there's nothing about the possibility that people may actually gain this weight because of the diabetes, I will approach the people who are doing the world-famous research here in New Zealand (they have just started people-testing for their latest remedy for type 1) and see if there's anything going on in the scientific world to explain why it happens.

I will let you all know the result.

The best of wishes and heaps of good thoughts to you all,

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Diabetics, especially T2's often gain weight...especially in the abdomen when they are not in good control. T2's cannot move insulin into the cells properly due to insulin resistance, making their blood glucose high. When insulin cant move it into the cells, it gets stored as fat...most often belly fat. So which came first...insulin resistance causing weight gain....or weight gain causing insulin resistance? Personally I think it is both factors caught up in a vicious cycle. Many diabetics, once they get their blood sugar under control, and start eating a more healthy lo-carb diet tend to find that they are able to lose weight that they hadnt been able to lose easily before.

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Type 1, 5-3 . . . I'm going to step in here to welcome you, and to caution you about rebutting our members' personal experiences, not to mention critiquing the words with which they present their own facts. Pam has been a diabetic her entire adult life, and she is a registered nurse going for her masters degree. I think if I were you, I would be more careful about overriding her information with whatever it is that you are presenting.

I'm going to be brutally frank here, in saying that your own posts strike me as suspicious. If you have a hidden agenda, then give us all a break and state your case forthrightly. If you're only here to argue what we already KNOW to be true by virtue of personal experience, then give us a break and leave.




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