Giving up on controlling diabetes.

By hope4me2 Latest Reply 2011-07-20 22:48:41 -0500
Started 2011-07-18 19:51:23 -0500

i have done everything possible to control my diabetes. Now i"ve developed diabetic neurothopy. I was told to walk 4miles a day to lose weight. I have lower back pain and now pain in my feet. How am I supposed to lose weight that way. Any suggestions out there.

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digitaldoorbell 2011-07-20 22:48:41 -0500 Report

I have neuropathy too. You don't have to walk 4 miles at once. Start literally a few minutes a day. I lost 40 pounds. Remember that you can do more harm in five minutes of eating that you can do good in hours of exercise. You need both.
If we're honest with ourselves…most people with type 2 diabetes are or were heavy. I'm not arguing that is the cause of diabetes or that any of us deserve it, but there's no arguing with that fact. You will see enormous results if you start slow and lose even a couple of pounds. I take r-alpha lipoic acid to help with neuropathy but I do have to resort to pain killers on occasion.

Best of luck to you.

dfinch 2011-07-19 09:29:19 -0500 Report

Don't give up. You just have to find what works for you. Right now, I am eating no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc. Nothing white and no dairy. Nothing fried. It is working. I have lost 34lbs and I haven't been exercising. There are a lot of programs out there to help you. You just have to find the right one. Good luck!!

Marytea 2011-07-19 09:11:25 -0500 Report

I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and while you may not have to walk to lose weight, you do need some form of exercise. You will lose weight for a while without it but ultiimately you need to add it. Canyou get some dvds/videos for chair exercises or something less stressful for your back and feet. My heart goes out to you. God bless you.

jayabee52 2011-07-18 23:19:58 -0500 Report

Sorry you're having such a hard time, Hope. I have the burning type of neuropathy from my knees down to my ties, and I don't like walking, especially for long distances.

But in the past 5 or so months I have lost about 40 lbs on a very low carb, high protein eating plan, without a lot of walking. Actually the weight loss was kind of a nice side effect for me, as my real goal was to see if I could stop all of my diabetes meds and control my BG levels by my eating plan. I can't say it'll work for everybody but it worked for me. I keep my BG levels in or close to the normal range for about 5 months, and my A1c is 5.5 last May. I only walked around what was normal for my day to day duties.

You might want to consider this.

JANETJANITO 2011-07-18 20:52:05 -0500 Report

Hi…Personally i don't think you have to walk to lose weight. I didn't and i lost 18 pounds in only 3 months. Plus i got my A1C from 13.5 to 6.0 in only 3 months also. I just took the bull by the horns and showed it who was boss! Maybe you can too! Don't give up no matter what!! You will only be opening the door wider for more complications to come in! In a nutshell this is how i did it…Jan of this yr i was diagnosed with type 2…i take 2 meds. Then i read everything i could on diabetes to learn what to eat. I ate nothing but healthy foods…grilled/baked chicken, broiled talapia fish, tuna, salads, all kinds of beans, wheat bread/buns/rolls, plenty of veggies, fresh fruits…mostly navel oranges,peaches,apples, cantalope,bananas. I cut out all sugar and nothing but sugar-free. So by eating like this i lost the 18 pds and got my blood sugar completely in control. Before that i had a lot of burning/tingling in my upper thigh. It would burn so bad i'd have to come home from work. i cried. I'd take a pain pill every couple hrs. Then i was tested and was told it was mild neurothopy. But when i got my A1C down to 6.0 the burning stopped. It always feels half numb and will burn only slightly from time to time but nothing like it was. I'm not 100% sure if the 6.0 A1C stopped the burn but all i know is when i got it down to that number the burn stopped and hasn't come back. I hope this helps you. Think about everything i said and if you think this might work for you all you gotta do is grab that diabetes bull by the horn and show it who's boss!! I bet you could do it!