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obevie 06-22-2016 02:53

Obevie Type II
 
I am 71 years old and was diagnosed in 1996 with type 2 diabeties. I struggled for many years finding my way into the new way of eating, etc. I am currently taking Victoza and Metformin. My A1c has been at 5.5 for almost a year now and I have currently lost a total of 55 lbs. I keep a food diary daily (an occasional miss). I track calories keeping carbs in mind. Currently I am on 1100 calories per day and watch my portion sizes with only an occasional slip up. I am obese but hoping to lose another 50 lbs which will make me a little overweight but not obese. I look forward to that very much. I have bursitis in both hips and while I am not handicapped and do not have to use a walker or chair there are days and times when just moving about is painful. Currently I try to walk for 10 minutes - 4 x a day. I cannot do that much all together and my Dr supports this method of exercising for me. I walk briskly but not so fast that I look like I'm on the verge of running. That's me, and it's now time for my 4th walk for today. Thanks for listening.:smile2::vs_wave:

moon 06-22-2016 05:26

Welcome to the forum, Obevie, and congrats on keeping your A1c steady at a great number.

I admire your determination, re exercise. I've also had some physical/health challenges and there are days I'm woefully short on your kind of determination. You're right - it's important to do what we can, as long as we can.

Glad you joined us!

pwatcher 06-22-2016 05:41

welcome obevie! i'm just a couple years behind you, but not anywhere close to your a1c yet. maybe by the end of next year though, if i continue my very low carb and high fat eating program. i am well into ketosis at a 4.8 blood ketone level, and it has helped me trim a few more pounds and eliminate food cravings.

i have some neuropathy in my feet, but can still feel it if i step on a pebble. eyes are free of complications other than cataracts starting, and kidneys seem fine too. how is your hdl and triglycerides? not on any statins i hope?

obevie 06-22-2016 15:43

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Originally Posted by moon (Post 1135393)
Welcome to the forum, Obevie, and congrats on keeping your A1c steady at a great number.

I admire your determination, re exercise. I've also had some physical/health challenges and there are days I'm woefully short on your kind of determination. You're right - it's important to do what we can, as long as we can.

Glad you joined us!

Thanks for the welcome and the congrats. confession...Over the last year and a half I lost a total of 65 lbs but somehow got off track and am back down to only 50 lost.:vs_no_no_no: Am desperately trying to get back to good loss of weight. Right now am struggling with dehydration. So difficult to realize suddenly that I haven't been consuming enough water. Also very HOT here at 98-100 with very high humidity so mid day walking discouraged.

obevie 06-22-2016 16:06

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Originally Posted by pwatcher (Post 1135409)
welcome obevie! i'm just a couple years behind you, but not anywhere close to your a1c yet. maybe by the end of next year though, if i continue my very low carb and high fat eating program. i am well into ketosis at a 4.8 blood ketone level, and it has helped me trim a few more pounds and eliminate food cravings.

i have some neuropathy in my feet, but can still feel it if i step on a pebble. eyes are free of complications other than cataracts starting, and kidneys seem fine too. how is your hdl and triglycerides? not on any statins i hope?

Yes, hdl and triglycerides were high recently but am taking fenofibrate for that and hopefully keeping it in line better in my diet. I did have cataract surgery about a year after my diagnosis of type II, but due to several changes of Doctors (due to job changes at that time and therefore insurance Doctor lists changed) they think I might have been diabetic for some time already. I see a really good nurse practitioner now (who has a PhD in Geriatrics) and she checks EVERYTHING as regular as allowed by Medicare. I had started losing weight (24 lbs) on my own with a sudden realization that I just wasn't really hungry so started pushing away from food as soon as satisfied, which was VERY quickly. No neuropathy as yet and hopefully keeping my blood sugar on track will keep that from happening. Anyway after a loss of 24 lbs on my own my Doctor decided to try me on Victoza and BINGO. My blood sugar levels have been perfect ever since then....about a year. Right now am struggling with dehydration. Somehow I hadn't realized that stopping drinking about 3 to 4 cups of tea each morning and going to only 1 or 2 was cutting down on my fluid intake dramatically. Dumb. Just really didn't think about it. Anyway suddenly have terrible headaches and discolored urine and dramatic loss of sleep and have discovered that dehydration causes cravings of sweets and carbs badly. So am working hard on that since 2 days ago when realized what was happening. Be careful to keep your fluid intake up. Dehydration sucks!!! :vs_cry:

div2live 06-22-2016 17:28

Welcome Obeive.....I am 66 also type 2 since around 2006. Last year I learned about this website and read all I could find regarding living Low Carb High Fat (LCHF). You can find out about this at www.bloodsugar101!

When I started eating Low Carb High Fat on 5/1/15 I weighted 320, at 6'2'. My A1c was around 7.9 within 6 months my A1c was at 5.8 and I had lost 50lbs coming in at 270. I lost 6" off my waste and all my health indicator improved dramatically. I was able to reduce my meds substantially and never felt better. That was a year ago and my weight has remained study at 270. I want to lose another 50lbs. but realize I must be more active to accomplish this goal.

I do not believe in tracking calories or portion control, as long as I keep my carbs below 50 per day! I eat till I am full and rarely snack, my cravings went away soon after I started on LCHF.

Good luck

VeeJay 06-22-2016 18:58

Here's a helpful site for the LCHF way of eating.
Low Carb for Beginners

This WOE is the only management tool I use for controlling BG. It not only works very well, the foods on LCHF are absolutely delicious.

moon 06-23-2016 04:11

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Originally Posted by obevie (Post 1135545)
Thanks for the welcome and the congrats. confession...Over the last year and a half I lost a total of 65 lbs but somehow got off track and am back down to only 50 lost.:vs_no_no_no: Am desperately trying to get back to good loss of weight. Right now am struggling with dehydration. So difficult to realize suddenly that I haven't been consuming enough water. Also very HOT here at 98-100 with very high humidity so mid day walking discouraged.

I'm not sure what the trick is on the water thing. This is a struggle for me also, and important for both kidney stones and some medication I'm on that requires it.

Something that helped was that I got an infusion pitcher, this one, and have enjoyed adding a bit of natural spice to my water. Makes it easier, and I make myself drink one pitcher at a minimum, in addition to tea and coffee each day. Also resorted to setting a kitchen alarm for every two hours as a reminder to fill up.

Weight loss/gain is such a tricky, complex physical and emotional issue. Mostly, please don't beat yourself up. Saying it's not your fault might fall on deaf ears (those of us who have struggled with it have mastered the art of self-flogging.) We all know about set-points and the problems of yo-yo'ing - but I invite you to read this article anyway. It might give you some new insight (did me). If not, hopefully it will at least help you take that monkey off your back and re-assess ... monkeys can get heavy!

Roxanne0312 06-23-2016 04:18

My kidney specialist told me to put fruit in my water. So I use sliced oranges and lemons with a few drops of liquid sucrolose that I make up and it really does taste yummy. The fruit hasn't raised my blood sugar either , which I was really surprised by. Just drop the fruit in water (I use a giant mason jar) don't squeeze the juice out. Stick in refrigerator to get cold. Yummy!


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