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New Member

Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/16/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i am a new diabetic, i found out like2 months ago i have type 1.
before i was diagnosed i dropped down to like 113 pounds. i was so happy. then i gained weight and now i weigh like 145.
what can i do to lose weight quickly, like will my weight go down a little like once like they get the insulins figuredout.
&like ivebeen really depressed lately, like i think about just like eating so much and not giving my insulin just to lose weight, not caring if its unhealthy and it can cause long term effects.
what can i do? sad

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 5/16/2007 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Jazzy, this is a very difficult and confusing time for you and I'm sure it's hard to understand what's going on.  You need to talk to your doctor about all of this and have some nutrition counseling.  There may be a support group in your area, too.  Here where I live, two hospitals have group meetings for diabetics and they don't cost anything to attend.  Don't stop the medication you were given and follow the meal plan they should have given you.  Daily exercise, like just walking, is also important.  How about your family?  Do you live with them?  How old are you?

I'm sure others will be around soon to answer your questions here on the forum.  Until that time, try to learn as much as you can about diabetes and also read back through the topics on this forum.

Take care 



"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 5/16/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jazzy,

I understand the weight struggle. It amazes me that some people can hardly keep weight on their frames and others FIGHT to get it off! Have you had a physician tell you what you should weigh? Is 113 realistic for your frame and age?? If so, diet and exercise are KEY! While I am not "thin" my BMI is just fine (dead center). My doctor is ok with my weight ... maybe would like to me lose five more pounds but that STILL will not put me a "thin" due to my frame (medium).

I have been so pleasantly surprised at how little I actually NEED to consume. I used to think I'd fall apart without larger amounts of food but the kind people here have helped me learn I need stable blood sugar, grazing throughout the day, if you will.

Please keep taking your med and following Lanie's excellent advice! Talk to your doctor and see a nutritionist/diabetes educator. Seeing a diabetes educator literally changed my life and gave me some concrete goals!

Hang in there and it's great to "meet' you!
Cheers -


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

Dead Man walking
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/16/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
So.. Do most people gain weight when they start taking insulin?

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 234
   Posted 5/17/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -7)   
A type 1 makes pretty much no insulin. There may be a little there for a short time. So, because there is no insulin there the cells aren't able to recieve the nutrients they need. The body then believes it is starving and begins to eat up the stored fat cells. So, the rapid weight loss was your body thinking it was starving. When you begin to take insulin your body is able to take the nutrients to the cells. Your body is now able to take the nutrients to the cells. The key to keeping a healthy weight with type 1 diabetes is the same as for those with type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise. The quick weight loss you got at the beginning of your diabetes was not a good thing. It meant that your body was in trouble. Now your body is working and you have put a little weight on. The answer now is to eat healthy, keep your numbers in line and be active. Don't focus on just the weight. You really want to be more concerned with your BMI. We don't have any idea how tall you are or what type of a body frame you have. We can't really be sure if 113 is a good weight for you or not. It could be underweight or it could be just right. Talk to your doctor about your weight gain.
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   Posted 5/17/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
As your new friends wrote above, this is a confusing time for you. There is lots to learn and it seems overwhelming in the beginning. Please start keeping a food/medication/exercise/blood glucose log and take it with you when you have your doctor visits. This will be a good way to see how the foods you eat affect your sugars and how the insulin is working. It will also show you how the exercise helps you as well.

Many of our members here are Type 1 and very knowledgeable about sugar control, food plans, foot care, depression, educating friends and family, and all the other stuff that goes with this dumb disease. Please listen to them. They have all been where you are and have learned excellent coping skills. They know how to stay on track and how to get back on track when things go cattywampus. We will all be here for you as best we can.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"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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