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Old 03-04-2016, 14:13   #1
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I'm 23 and recently diagnosed with Type 2. I stay alone in a hostel. I'm from India. The food I get here is high in Carb and I'm too much stressed about what to eat and what not to eat. Presently I maintain fasting sugar level of around 90 mgdl and after meal level of 170 mgdl. Also, I'm rapidly losing weight with presently my BMI being 18.6. Please, someone suggest what kind of foods I can take to increase my weight. Also I workout regularly but now stopped it as I'm losing weight. I was wondering what kind of workouts I can do to increase my muscle mass.

Just want to ask people who have been following the medical advancements in diabetes-Is there any hope of finding a permanent solution to this condition in near-by future?

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Welcome! I am glad you joined us!

I am also a T2 and struggled with what to eat and not to eat, having been surrounded by high carb foods my whole life. I know that we have several members from India in the community, and I am sure they'll stop by to give you great ideas of what would be the best food choices.

As far as any permanent solution, unfortunately, no, I don't know of one but with continued advancements, I would like to think that there is promise for a permanent solution/cure in the future. In the meantime, I have found that being vigilant about my testing, diet, monitoring, etc. has been the key.

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Welcome to the forum

Eating low-carb in India can be a challenge, but we have had some members here who have been able to do that. The key is to greatly increase fats. I'm not sure what is available where you live, but ghee comes to mind, along with coconut oil (without sugars added).

Because you are losing weight and your blood glucose (BG) is rather high after a meal (if your 170 level is 2hrs after eating, that would mean that it is much higher 1hr after eating, which is when the spike usually occurs after a meal). Perhaps you aren't making enough insulin on your own and you might want to ask your doctor about going on injected insulin. I would think the high post-meal level would indicate that you need some help. Insulin not only lowers BG, but it stores excess BG into fat cells - which may help you with stopping the weight loss.

In any event, it would be good for you to ask for a GAD antibodies test, which, if positive, would indicate that you are a late-onset T1 diabetic (LADA, or Type 1.5). A C-peptide test would show your level of insulin production.

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Hi and Welcome aboard,
I see some of our good members have already given you some good advise. I have traveled many places around this world, but never to India. But, from what little I know let me make a few comments about what to avoid and what will be good options....

First rice is not good, it like all grains is very high carbs. Most of us here focus on eating no grains, rice, pasta, breads, etc.

If you cannot eat meat you will have to focus on other ways to get proteins and fats, lots of fats....vegetable oils should be used for cooking or salad dressings whenever you can. Hard cheese and heavy creams can be very good for us diabetics.

If you are unable to eat meats, eggs would be a good choice, coupled with vegetables, and cheese you can get a good mix of proteins, vegetables, and fats....oils on salads with lemon can also be healthful. And of course you can try tofu for proteins, but you must test your blood sugars after eating at 1 hr and 2 hr to make sure tofu or soy beans do not cause you blood sugars to spike.

Our recipe sections on this website may give you some added ideas for what you can eat that will help you control your blood sugar levels. Part of your weight loss is probably due to loss of water. High blood sugars forces us to urinate frequently with dehydrates us. So as long as your BS is high, drink lots of water to avoid serious dehydration.

Good Luck

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Hi praneethuddagiri. Welcome to the forum. Do I understand correctly that you are served meals at the hostel and don't prepare your own? I'm sure that makes is trickier to choose your foods.
I would have to second what VeeJay said about having the tests for LADA especially if you are eating a lot of carbohydrates and losing weight. This would imply to me that your insulin production is low, rather than the high insulin levels and insulin resistance that occur with type 2. I am not a medical doctor and can not give medical advice, but I would certainly suggest asking to be tested for the GAD65 antibodies and c-peptides. I hope you are not starving yourself in order to avoid carbohydrates. We definitely need sufficient protein and fats as well.

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