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Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired......And FAT!


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Old 05-23-2011, 02:45   #1
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Greetings everyone!

I don't know how I found this site, but I did. I was looking for Diabetic friendly low carb smoothies last I remember. lol.

I have been on Metformin for 5 years. It did NOT make me lose weight. I was reading some posts here that people were losing weight.
I am on Lisinopril HCTZ for high blood pressure too.
I have seen 3 different docs. All they do is dump more meds on me. Pretty soon they are going to say I'm a noncompliant patient. Well, to them maybe I am, but I know how I feel and they are not listening to me. The patient shouldn't know anything and should just listen to the doc. One doc couldn't find anything wrong with me from the symptoms I was describing to her. Dizziness, weight gain, weakness, anxiety, tiredness, irritability. She flat out told me it was all in my head and I should go see a psychiatrist......I did. There is nothing wrong with me!

My bg's in Jan. were 160 -190 A1C was 8.2 down from 8.3. She wants me at 6. My normal weight was 145. Its slowly been creeping up. I was up to 205 pounds. I'm 5'3 and am 48 years old. According to some charts, I am obese...After that appointment, she had me on injections of Levimir (pen) 10 units 1x/day in the morning. That was along with 1000mg of Metformin 2x/day. She put me on it because it was garanteed to make me lose weight....Bull!....3 months later, I am stressing out about going to the docs. She took me off the pen and was going to put me on something else. I flat out refused. I told her that I am gaining weight, I can't stop eating carbs, and when I change my diet, like now, I HAVE to eat when I'm not even hungry. My A1C went up to 9!! So now she wants me on Glyburide 2.5mg 2x daily. She said don't take it if I don't eat or bg would bottom out. That little sentence was enough to scare the bejesus out of me. My bg DID bottom out on me once. It went down to 40. I thought I was gonna die!! I feel like hell and start seeing spots if it gets down to 70.
I cannot take the Glyburide and she wants me to call her this week. I'm totally afraid to. I am hypersensitive to medications. (I'm even allergic to most antibiotics).

I asked her to give me 90 days. I'm up for my blood work for my A1C at the end of July. I found a book called "The Diabetes DTOUR Diet". There is a 2 week phase where you ease into it. By the 5th day, I can't handle it anymore! I feel like crap, I'm jittery, grumpy, emotional. I know it's all hormones rebelling, but I don't know what to do to keep at it. I DID go from 205 down to 197. Because, of the plain and simple fact, I'm getting 1,400 calories a day on this diet, but if I'm not hungry, I don't eat!

I need to quit stressing about going to the docs in July. The cortisol levels are probably astronomical, which in turn makes more fat & higher bg levels.

I walk every day for 45 minutes to an hour. I have no moral support. My husband says he supports me, but in order for me to talk to him I have to shut off the tv, take away his cell phone and hide all shiney objects......Some days its not even worth the struggle.

AND, I am in the middle of Menopause!

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Welcome, Madea!

You'll find lots of info and support here. In fact, I see on another thread that Beefy has already gotten off to a good start!

Folks who don't have D can offer support, and in time can learn to do it well. But there's no substitute for getting together with folks who've Been There.

I think menopause and diabetes hit me at the same time, too. Aaaaaahhhh, good times! But I was only very recently diagnosed. I didn't suspect something else was going on during The Change.

Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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Welcome! Hopefully we can help you break your unhappy cycle.

For me, very low-carb (Atkins) was the way to go to keep my BG under control and lose weight without being hungry. When you are carb addicted, you need to go cold turkey, dropping down slowly will only prolong the very uncomfortable in-between stage.

I instantly went from massive carbs to 20 a day (15 from salad vegetables) then came the withdrawl.. hunger, headache, waves of exhaustion, diahrea, constipation, nausea... you name it - for 3-4 days - for some people it's a little longer. This is your body begging for more carbs and the only way to break the hold carbs have on you is to tough it through this transition. You just have to be very strong for a short time. You don't ever have to be hungry - eat protein and fats anytime - no calorie counting. Once the carb addiction is broken you should find that you only get hungry when you don't eat - real hunger not carb begging "hunger".

Eventually I did start eating less because I want less. As long as you don't give your body the carbs it will quit begging for them. I never go hungry, I eat whenever I want to.. but not carbs. It might not work for everyone but most times it does.

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welcome Madea glad you stumbled across this forum. I'm sure you'll find it a great place for support and info. Getting the right balance of food and meds can be hard sometimes... but don't worry you'll get there. As you say, stress is no help at all... so breath. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

 
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Wow, thank you everybody! I think I am going to like it here.

Wink/Vicky, what you said about the carb withdrawl makes perfect sense. I also learned from my Chiro that part of feeling so bad with the carb withdrawl is that my hormones (insulin & cortisol) are so used to being elevated, that they are making me feel like a war zone is going on inside me. So, carb withdrawl & lower hormone levels 10, me 0!

My real name is Rhonda btw. Madea is my alter ego. lol

I am going to be in this community for a looooong time. Looking forward to getting to know all of you as well. Like I said, I really don't have any support.
My mother-in-law is Type 1 and she is absolutely no help at all to me. She was dx'd when she was a teenager. She's 60something now. But she refuses to take care of herself and eats whatever she wants. Her 2 sisters, her mother & grandfather all are/were T1. Her mother went blind and eventually died from it. Her grandfather had both legs amputated and died from it. One sister is in the last stage of renal failure and needs weekly dialysis because of it and the other sister has had 3 toes amputated. If THAT doesn't scare her or bother her, then no amount of preaching from me is going to change her mind.

So, I'm here with a new attitude and hopefully end up with a new me!
I am presently going through carb withdrawl now AND having a hot flash.
Wow!! Nice cold bottle of water helps..............

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I am presently going through carb withdrawl now AND having a hot flash.
Wow!! Nice cold bottle of water helps..............
First you gotta decide whether to drink it or pour it over your head . . .



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lol @Shanny.
Sometimes I have to do BOTH!

Reguarding my first pot above:

I was also on a new Non-insulin called Victoza. OMG! I was supposed to see "significant weight loss" on that too. I was on it for a month and I actually gained weight. It made me sicker.

I'm concidering seeing an Endo. I've been reading the pros an cons about them on here. Currently I am seeing a Nurse Practitioner for all of this. My Primary doctor is hard to get a hold of and his appointments are always way out.
I know physicians are important to see when you have diabetes, but I'm starting to lose my trust in them. Rather than helping me, they just dump the meds on me. Try this or that and we'll see you in another 3 or 6 months. I've been misdiagnosed, over medicated, looked down upon, and blown off.
The dietician is of no help at all either. I've used up the 4 visits that my insurance allows. If 1800 calories don't work, then go down to 1200. Well, gee thanx! What I learned on here and my other research, I could be concidered and expert too!
My body is producing enough insulin, but my cells are not absorbing it. Insulin resistance right?


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Try toughing it through the Atkins diet for however long it takes. I lost from 183 to 138 from July to Jan and it brought my cholesterol down amazingly and my BG to good levels without drugs, yet. It does take some getting used to in the beginning few weeks both as to feeling and wrapping your head around the fact that you can have all sorts of wonderful things you've thought for years you couldn't have like full fat cream in your coffee, in fact, full fat everything, lots of great meats, even wine with dinner if you wish. Now, I can eat a small amount of good bread if I smother it in real butter...not everyday of course, but when eating out and the bread smells especially good. Beefy does have a good note about weight, but this worked for me and very well! Look at what you CAN eat, not what you can't. That's what I did.

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Jumping in late, howdy!

Yes the meno fairy and the beetus fairy BOTH waved their wands over me, at the same time, too.

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't HCTZ implicated in Diabetes onset?

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Welcome - my image of you now is in stone: scurrying around hiding your husb's shiny objects ...

I'm here to piggyback on the lowcarb bandwagon and what it can do for blood glucose and weight. A few months ago at dx I dove into lowcarb eating, first because I was terrified to eat carbs, then because it made sense. I've brought my bs down considerably, with the side benefit of dropping weight like crazy. Now, I have a lot to lose (60 more lbs) but have lost 23 since my endo appt in Feb.

My weight pile-on was mostly in the last 5 years, and dramatically the last two. I now realize I didn't get diabetes because I was fat, but got this fat because I had diabetes. Once my carb addiction was strangled, I started having hunger I could trust. Before, my eating plan consisted of, "well =that= looks good."

Off to the hospital now to pick up my first A1C lab result (and nasty lipids) since dx. I feel like I used to at university after finals - both excited and scared to get the results!

Glad you've joined this great forum.

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