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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/29/2006 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
As I already stated about being newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic.  I was overweight but for the last year have changed my diet and started taking more exercise etc, so this came as a shock when I went to the doctors because I was feeling awful.  He told me that my fasting levels was 10.5 and normal blood glucose was 12. So from what I gathered they caught me in time.  Also because my mother has it it really was out of my control that I would eventually get it as well.
Since then my weight has kind of stalled.  Im on metphormin 3 times a day and the whole diet thing.  Then he mentiond slimming pills.
"Is this the way to go?" Because he is slightly worried about the weight
Feeling all these emotions about this is wearing me out, snapping out of them hard work.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 6/29/2006 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
It is better to exercise to lose weight than take pills. When you stop the pills the weight comes right back on. Exercise has benefits for your heart, muscles, lets you utiiize your own insulin better and releases endorphins that raise your spirits. It helps you sleep better and is what your body is designed to do to use up excess weight.

For myself (THIS IS MY OWN OPINION!) I would not consider slimming pills even if prescribed by a doctor. The health hazzards following those things are mountainous! Is this doctor an endocrinologist? Is he a medical doctor or a DO? So far, unless you are misunderstanding him, he seems a bit 'out there' to me. You may want to consider a second opinion.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi DD,

Well, Im kinda at a loss as to what a "slimming pill" is.  I know that if you are 20 lbs. or more overweight it has a major impact on your endocrine system and could be the cause behind your diabetes.  There is tons of evidence out there that obesity is one of the major causes of diabetes. 

Now Im going to depart from my partner in crime, Jeannie's opinion at this point (we usually line up on the same side of an arguement most of the time).  She is right in that once you stop taking pills the adjustment period will have your body slowing down and trying to put the weight right back on again.  HOWEVER, if you are seriously overweight and your doctor is willing to prescribe "diet pills" AND monitor you, that is probably the best route to go.  Why?  Because it will accelerate your metabolism and help you get the weight off!!  and getting it off quickly and safely is what your ultimate goal is. 

Pills don't excuse you from exercising, eating correctly or any of the other things that go with taking weight off, they just give you an "extra" advantage.  ONLY people that have 50+ lbs to lose should be thinking about this type of extra help from their doctors, and in your case it sure would help your blood sugar!

Go back and talk to your doctor and find out what's involved with the "pills" and at the same time, look at some serious lifestyle changes that will help you lose that weight.  Its eithter undergo a major lifestyle change, or be loaded up with medications and die way before your time.  To me the choice is a no brainer.

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 115
   Posted 6/29/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Could you explain "....He told me that my fasting levels was 10.5 and normal blood glucose was 12. So from what I gathered they caught me in time......" What do you mean my 10.5.

As far as diet pills go that is really a judgement call that has to take into consideration your overall health situation. I know losing weight is very important to you. Extra weight is vey harmful - getting it off will make big differences. How you do it is the question here. I lost 70 pounds at a steady rate taking metformin and changing my diet. Exerecise was not in the picture yet. It brought down my blood pressure and really helped with all my blood tests.

It is important to get your glucose levels down closer to normal. You said that they are normal, that is why the numbers you gave throw me. I know the difference in American and the International standard. If you are quoting International numbers then you are very high for a fasting number. What am I missing here?

I think we all have to look at our particular health situation and decide what we must do to get into a safe range no matter what we are talking about. Worry about what it takes less than how to ge the job done. You will make a lot of changes in your own treatment program as you go along. Do what has to bed done now. if you cannot make the drastic changes in lifestyle right now then maybe the pills will have to be it for now. Be honest with yourself here, what can you do and what will you need help with then go do it.
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x

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