Byetta and weight loss question...

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ByettaMan
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   

First let me say hi to everyone since this is my first post and also I’d like to thank the person(s) who host this wonderful resource.

 

I have been on Byetta now for 1 ½ months.  I’m a little over half way through my first 10 pen.  I have had great results as far as weight loss while using this.  I was losing some weight prior so this is added in with the total.  I have lost 38 pounds in these last few months.  I have dropped 2 paint sizes, went through all my belt holes(?) and now on a new belt and working my way down on it. 

 

It’s has been like a miracle drug for me, but this is where I get skeptical. I have done the yo-yo dieting my times over the years and each time jumping up a little more in weight once the pill loss its affect.  The weight loss pills would help you loss, but then after a few months you are hungry as all get out again. 

 

Folks that have been on this for some time are you maintaining you’re weight?  I don’t expect to keep losing, but if I could stay where I’m at right now then I would be happy as hell.  I’m procrastinating on buying a new suit and other close because I feel by next year I’m back where I stated.  I already have a 3 size spread of clothing and not sure if I’m ready to open it up to a 5, or more size spread.  So, hopefully someone will tell me yes, I have kept the weight off without any problems. 

 

It’s a miracle I tell you.

 

Mark


LanieG
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Mark, welcome to the Forum.  How long have you had diabetes?

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


ByettaMan
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the welcome Lanie. I have been diabetic for 10 years.

LanieG
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   Posted 10/20/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
The reason I asked is that you were only asking about the weight loss.  The best way to keep the weight off in any case is not to depend on the byetta.  Many people lose weight when they're put on this and it's a drug that is/was used just for that purpose in Europe, but here in the States (if that's where you are) it's for diabetes.  Anyway, most of the members here on the forum follow a low carb diet because carbohydrates are what drive the blood sugar up.  Carbs also pack on the pounds.  However, changing your diet to low carb may also affect how much byetta you would be on if the diet change is drastic.  What kind of diet are you following now?

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


ByettaMan
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   Posted 10/20/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie,

I wish I was able to keep the weight off without Byetta, but from past experience I know I’ll go back up a little at a time without any help. I hadn’t dieted in over 5 years since it seems like a temporary fix and I always went a little higher in weight after. I really do not stick to any diet, just try moderation of the bad foods.

I hope Byetta helps control my BG, but was just pleasantly surprised by this much weight loss. Like I said I had given up on losing weight since it always temporary. My doctor told me I could loss some weight and that Byetta helps you maintain you’re weight as well and unlike other dieting medicines he said this one seems to keep working years after you have taken it, unlike my experience with diet pills that seem to lose their affect after a few months. I guess I’m just want to hear from others that have been on it for some time now to let me know that not only does Byetta help you’re BG, but it also helps you keep you’re weight off while taking it.

Oh, and yes I live in the US.

LanieG
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   Posted 10/20/2007 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
There are several members here that have been or are still on byetta and I'm sure they will respond, but during the weekend sometimes posts slow down.  So, you'll be able to get some answers to those questions here if you wait a bit.  I would like to say, though, that you cannot depend on diet pills for losing weight and expect that your weight would stay down.  You have to make a commitment to yourself to follow a diet and do regular exercise, and this would be lifelong.  This is for both the diabetes and your health in general.  Being overweight adds to the difficulty in controlling diabetes. and both diabetes and excess weight contributes to heart disease and other ailments.  I'm not yelling at you, just trying to make a point!  If you read through the past topics here on the diabetes forum here that talk about diet and food, you'll get some valuable suggestions about what to eat and how to cook the food that will not cause your blood sugar to rise dangerously.  Most of us here follow a low-carb diet, no white rice, potatoes, cereals, food made with sugar or flour.  Of course, you must test your blood sugar a few times a day because you're on medication so you know you're not too low and you know what foods may cause spikes.   There are folks here taking all different meds or combinations of them as well as some (like me) who are controlling the blood sugar with diet and exercise, so each of us may find foods that are ok for us to eat.  Not everyone can eat beans, for example, or oatmeal, yet others can eat them with no problem in blood sugar spikes.  I'm surprised your doctor hasn't referred you to a nutritionist.  (On the other hand, the nutritionist might give you the diet by the ADA which probably none of us here follow.)  The other important fact in controlling blood sugar is exercise.  If you can walk, then walk for your exercise.  Sports, any kind of training, anything that gets you moving.  What have your blood sugar readings been?  Fasting?  Postpradial? 

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
 
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


tutorgirl
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/20/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Mark,

Congrats on the weight loss! I was the 5 pen for about a month with absolutely no results...weight or blood sugar...and then the doc put me on the 10. Lost 10 lbs. in about 6 days but it was from vomiting and diarrhea. And the blood sugar numbers still didn't come down. So went back to the 5 pen, which still did nothing, and then discovered this forum. I started reading how many people on here followed a very low carb diet with great success. So in mid August started that. I've lost 40 lbs. since the start of summer, and with a couple of drug changes (dropping byetta and glyburide and adding januvia to my metformin) I've stabilized my blood sugar. I was active on a blog for byetta users and here is what I observed. After prolonged use sometimes the appetite would come back. A couple of people on the blog developed the pancreatitis that the FDA is now warning against and either had to discontinue the use all together or really cut back...at which point I don't now how much good it does. For other people it seems to work great. As with all drugs, it is really an individual thing. There is a great book out there that many of us here have read by Dr. Richard Bernstein called "The Diabetes Solution". It is hugely informative book by a type 1 diabetic who is a doctor and has figured out how to get good control...most of it to do with diet. If you stay with this forum and also go to the forum devoted to followers of his system you can learn all sorts of yummy ways to eat. It is not a low fat diet, which is often why people can't stick to that type of eating plan. I have found eating this way very satisfying. I am also going to give you the web site that tells about his book and plan and has many chapters you can read on line.

http://www.diabetes-normalsugars.com/

Stick with the byetta, of course, but learn to eat for diabetes while you're doing it so that if there comes a time when it quits doing the job, you will already have a way of good eating habits in place so that you don't put the weight back on and see a rise in your numbers. Good luck and keep us posted! :)
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>Karen<
~Forum Moderator/Diabetes~

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