Scared I will get diabetes

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   Posted 9/15/2007 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't spell. I am sorry, but i think you'll know what i am talking about. I think that i have this, but I am not sure. I went to a dieticion and she said that i was prediabetic if i didn't get my weight under control. She put me on a 1200 calorie diet but i could not follow that because it was not enough food. So now I have joined wieght watchers and i am eating about 1500 calories a day and i am starving. I want to eat every 2 hours. I am on depakote and it makes you hungry so my doctor gave me topamax to help with me being hungry, but it has not worked. I have lost 16 pounds, but it is by sure will power, because i am hungry all the time. Diabetes is really strong in my family. Both my mom and dad has it. I go see a dietiction on Monday, so we will see.

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   Posted 9/16/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Penney, sorry about your frustration.  Do you have a glucose monitor to measure your own blood sugar?  I'm wondering what your blood sugar is running.  It's true that with weight loss and change of diet, a person whose blood sugars are not too high might be able to control them with diet and exercise. It's important to lose the weight since it can be a factor.  Try adding more vegetables and meats and take away all breads, cakes or food made with flour and sugar.  Eat nuts and cheese for snacks, not a lot.  They can help with that hunger in between meals.  Can you exercise?  This is very important not only for weight control but for your blood sugar control.  Let us know. I hope this helps.


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   Posted 9/16/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Penney ...

I was on depakote for YEARS and it didn't make me gain OR lose weight! Losing 16 lbs. is a GREAT start ... and I know you can do this. If you're hungry, drink water. It takes a couple of weeks for your body to readjust. You might try cutting back on your CARBS and eating more protein. I know I feel less hungry when I've eaten protein.
Cheers -


age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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   Posted 9/16/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Penney,

Go to the top of the class for losing 16 lbs on a low calorie diet - that shows real willpower!

I think many of us here have found that cutting right down on the carbohydrate foods (sugars, starches, wheat, rice and potatoes) will make an enormous improvement to your blood sugar levels. If you replace these foods with protein and fat this will ensure proper nutrition and, at the same time, it should be a great help in sating your hunger. I have always found that eating carbs only succeeds in making me more hungry, not less. Having pretty much given them up, my weight, blood sugars, energy and hunger levels are now just where they should be - in control.

We're here to help if we can.

All the best,


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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Way to go, Penney! 16 lbs. is awesome! Now, listen to what the above posts are saying. I, too, tried weight watchers, the American Diabetes Exchange diet among others. I was hungry on all of them and it was always a struggle to not eat. Then I stumbled on to this forum about a month ago and took what they were saying to heart. I have not problems sticking with this. I'm seldom hungry. In fact yesterday I was so busy I didn't even think about lunch. Skipped it altogether. My blood sugars have come down, as well as my blood pressure and I've lost weight (and my husband has junk in the house...osmosis?) You might look at South Beach or Atkins or just do like Fergusc, Ruth, and Lanie have said...cut out the carbs. You will be amazed at the difference. I know my husband and I were! Good luck and keep us posted.


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   Posted 9/16/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi penny,
I know it can be and is tough to stay on track when it comes to watching what you eat but the benefits are MORE then worth it.
For me I use a 6 day diet. If I stay on track 6 days a week then on either Sunday of Saturday I have a whatever I want dinner. I don't go crazy but I do enjoy myself with a reward like tonight I am going to fix my killer enchaladas. woo hoo!
Hang in there you can do it. You have already proven that with youe 16 lbs.
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   Posted 9/16/2007 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
If I may add my 2¢ here, you are doing great and with the right food plan you can keep going. What fergusc said is true. If you want to leave your hunger behind stop eating starches, grains, breads, pastas and potatoes and instead double up on your broccoli, spinach, salad and all things green. Drizzle it with olive oil (good for your cholesterol levels and holds hunger at bay) and then add your tablespoon of real dressing. Eat healthy meats, fish, cheese and eggs along with lots of veggies and some bananas and oranges, apples and even your serving of pineapple. You will find your hunger disappears. I've been doing this for some time.. and today at my daughter's baby shower there was precious little to eat that wasnt' starchy... I ate veggies & cheese and had a taste of bread and an apple salad (that turned out to have cut up SNICKERS bars hiding in the cool whip!!!) Just that small amount of carbs and by the time I got home I was ready to rip the cupboards apart and eat everything that wasn't nailed down.

I had a scrambled egg and some sausage with a slice of cheese. It was fast, filling and helped me handle my 'starvation attack' brought on by the carbs at the party. Eating piles of veggies sautéd in olive oil and lots of garlic keeps my tummy happy and my weight dropping. Hang in there and don't worry. If you have diabetes we can help you learn how to live, and live well, with it.
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