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Old 02-15-2009, 06:10   #1
 
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I am a 57yo male, 6'1", 277 lb. I have not been able to stop gaining weight over the last several years. I am a Coke/Pepsi addict...I like candy, Tastycakes, donuts, and chocolate milk too. Sandwiches on white bread, etc. I like beer too, but I don't drink much, it has been many years since I have been intoxicated.

My blood sugar has always been normal, or maybe a little borderline, and I figured it would stay that way...even though diabetes does run in my family...both sides.

This past week my doctor said I am Type 2 diabetic.
Fasting results: Serum Glucose 157, Hemoglobin A1c 7.4

I was hitting the sodas, candy, donuts hard in the weeks preceding the test.

My doc said he would put me on meds in 3 months if the numbers are still up...I guess I am not sure exactly what is necessary to get them down.

I have stopped the sodas and sweets cold turkey. I am just not sure I can drop the weight (gut). I know loosing weight would help me with all my other issues: BP, sleep apnea...syndrome X.

Anyway, I look at the prospect of a strict diet and get very discouraged. The prospect of getting seriously ill doesn't look so good either.

I think if loosing weight was easy I would have done it by now. Of course I have not been scared up till now.

I am going to talk with a dietitian at the hospital so I guess that will help answer a lot of questions.

If anyone here has any insight to share with me about this I would greatly appreciate it....

Does this one reading class me as a diabetic forever?

Can I correct the insulin resistance?

I don't know how much effort is necessary... is eliminating the 2 or 3 sodas, candy, etc. a day enough?...or is it too late?

I guess I want to ask: what does it take to make a difference in 3 months?

I know a lot of folks are worse off than I am, but I am still kinda worried.

Thanks for listening.

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It is my personal opinion (I am NOT a doctor) that those numbers definitely classify you as a type2 diabetic. Cutting out the sweets and sodas will help you begin to lose weight as it is. If you can walk about a half hour a day that will help, too. You'll have 'withdrawal symptoms' (cravings) but those will go away. Try to eat more vegies, whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, lean meats, etc. Truly, the diet is eating like we all know we should be eating in the first place. Also, portion control helps, too. Both in weight loss and in controlling those high numbers like you have. Other people will come along with ideas, too. Good luck and let us know if your progress. You can do this!

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Hello and welcome! Ruby has given you very good advice. I don't ever eat ceral but some diabetics do. I eat low carb whole grain bread, 8 carbs per slice. I count carbs and eat a maximum of 130 carbs per day. A low carb diet and exercise will help you lose weight. It worked nicely for me. Ruby was right about portion control. Here is a link that might help.

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Welcome Padowser , I see that you have good advise already.
By being diagnosed a diabetic is a shock and it's by no means easy. I would look at little processed food and count the Carbohydrates. BUT!! but, Carbs can be your friend if you work it off. Do you cook? If you do then good!! The more cooking that you do the better it is for you as you know what's in your food.
The more that you sit around and eat your carbs you will just gain weight. so the more you get to know about carbs and control how much carbs you eat then your are on the right track.

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richard would that be the same amount of carbs for me also
Judy here ..its 45 per meal I think

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Hi Judy. I'm not sure of what you are asking. My carbs for meals each day average 30, 40, 30. Lunch is my biggest meal. My snacks give me another 30. About 15 in afternoon and 15 about 9pm. That is a total of 130 for the day. Some people eat a lot fewer carbs than I do but you need to eat enough to have the energy you require.

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Hello:

I am a 57yo male, 6'1", 277 lb. I have not been able to stop gaining weight over the last several years. I am a Coke/Pepsi addict...I like candy, Tastycakes, donuts, and chocolate milk too. Sandwiches on white bread, etc. I like beer too, but I don't drink much, it has been many years since I have been intoxicated.

My blood sugar has always been normal, or maybe a little borderline, and I figured it would stay that way...even though diabetes does run in my family...both sides.

This past week my doctor said I am Type 2 diabetic.
Fasting results: Serum Glucose 157, Hemoglobin A1c 7.4

I was hitting the sodas, candy, donuts hard in the weeks preceding the test.

My doc said he would put me on meds in 3 months if the numbers are still up...I guess I am not sure exactly what is necessary to get them down.

I have stopped the sodas and sweets cold turkey. I am just not sure I can drop the weight (gut). I know loosing weight would help me with all my other issues: BP, sleep apnea...syndrome X.

Anyway, I look at the prospect of a strict diet and get very discouraged. The prospect of getting seriously ill doesn't look so good either.

I think if loosing weight was easy I would have done it by now. Of course I have not been scared up till now.

I am going to talk with a dietitian at the hospital so I guess that will help answer a lot of questions.

If anyone here has any insight to share with me about this I would greatly appreciate it....

Does this one reading class me as a diabetic forever?

Can I correct the insulin resistance?

I don't know how much effort is necessary... is eliminating the 2 or 3 sodas, candy, etc. a day enough?...or is it too late?

I guess I want to ask: what does it take to make a difference in 3 months?

I know a lot of folks are worse off than I am, but I am still kinda worried.

Thanks for listening.
Welcome, as everyone ha said it's those carbs you have to watch. Cutting out those donuts etc. will sure make a difference.Exercise is also key. The thing with the carbs is ( as you'll be able to tell by reading other post) that everyone is different and tolerates carbs differently. You'll be able to tell how well and what types you'll be able to tolerate by testing before and 2 hours after meals. * years ago when I was diagnosed the 1st time I was able to get off all my meds with strict diet and exercise. Maybe you can do the same and avoid meds. Good luck

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I lowered my daily carbohydrate intake from 150 a day (which really is not very high) to 80 a day. This resulted in a 35 lb loss over a period of 8 months, and I have maintained that loss for more than a year now.

I have great glucose and lipid numbers at the same time!

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I lowered my daily carbohydrate intake from 150 a day (which really is not very high) to 80 a day. This resulted in a 35 lb loss over a period of 8 months, and I have maintained that loss for more than a year now.

I have great glucose and lipid numbers at the same time!

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Lloyd how did you do it please tell me
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I lowered my daily carbohydrate intake from 150 a day (which really is not very high) to 80 a day. This resulted in a 35 lb loss over a period of 8 months, and I have maintained that loss for more than a year now.

I have great glucose and lipid numbers at the same time!

Best wishes,

-Lloyd
That's great! I think my daily is around 60. I read Dr. Bersteins book and he is strict with the carbs. Other people can probably follow the glycemic index and do alright but I have to be even more strict than that. I know when I got off my meds before I was eating pretty much like a veg. at first. I think I'm a little more carb sensitive this time. But it's only been since the middle of Jan. that I've been on my 2's a day meds. I go March 3, to the Drs. so we'll see.

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