being fat
By Latest Reply 2011-11-23 00:42:46 -0600
Started 2011-10-20 21:41:54 -0500

what do you have to do when you get so fat you get diabetic

23 replies

annesmith 2011-11-23 00:42:46 -0600 Report

I was guaranteed that you do not get diabetes by being fat. No such a thing…here is how it works: It is already in your genes, then you get it…if you happened to drink a lot of pop, gain weight, it very well may have aggravated the diabetes you already had…don't ever put yourself down…you deserve much better than to tell yourself you got D by being fat…hope this helps..ANNE

berrykins0 2011-10-27 11:10:21 -0500 Report


Harlen 2011-10-22 19:32:47 -0500 Report

You get the pice prize as the first person to have D for being fat
I have three frends that are over 400 lbs and they dont have D
If you have D you where always going to have it you may have gotten it faster by eating badly but thats the only thing that you may have made to be .
Best wishes

nanaellen 2011-10-22 14:01:12 -0500 Report

I absolutely HATE when people ASSUME only "fat" people get diabetes!! Your weight does NOT give you diabetes!! Gabby is right, it's the PANCREAS that "gives" you diabetes! Do yourself a favor and read,read, read about causes!!!!!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-22 13:46:35 -0500 Report

You don't have to fat to become diabetic. There are thousands of slim people with diabetes. It all has to do with your pancress and when it fails you. Or should I say when it stops working properly. Valentine Lady

GabbyPA 2011-10-22 10:12:02 -0500 Report

Diabetes is not a fat persons disease. It doesn't care who it hits. Now I am not saying that being overweight doesn't contribute to it and loosing weight will help a lot and not just for your diabetes, but your health in general. Lowering carbs and eating healthier along with exercise will be what you want to do for your diabetes and it will help you loose weight as well.

Kirla 2011-10-21 21:17:01 -0500 Report

I believe following a low carb diet like Atkins or South beach will help a lot of people with controlling there blood sugar. They also might help with weight loss.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-22 10:37:47 -0500 Report

I was told by my Doctor not to follow the Atkins Diet or South Beach. Because they are to low in carbs. We need a certain amount of carbs everyday. To loose weight about 75 to 150. And a 1500 calorie diet. That's what he put me on and I've alkready lost 20#'s. Just in 5 weeks. I'm wheelchair bound and yet I sit and excersise with weights and bands. not trying to brag, but I did get this same advice from several friends on this site. To controll your sugar, as I understand it, you need a balance of carbs and calories. These diets you mentoned although good just aren't for diabetics. Try the Mediterainen Diet. That's what I go by. Valentine Lady

Kirla 2011-10-22 11:34:05 -0500 Report

By greatly reducing carbs I went from A1C of 14.1 to 5.9 in a few months. My blood sugar reading went from the 400+ range to almost normal numbers in less than 2 months. Following a low carb type of diet helped me a lot. I believe it can help other people also.

I believe that getting about 75 to 120 carbs a day is low enough for most people to see some good results. Most of the carbs I eat come from low carb vegetables. I also believe in drinking lots of water every day.

You mentioned having between 75 and 150 carbs each day. I did the math and it comes out to eating 20-40% of your calories from carbs. The ADA and medical experts recommend eating 60% of your diet from carbs. So I guess your doctor has you following a reduce carb diet.

I have been following a lower carb diet for over 2 ½ years now. Blood sugar has stayed at normal numbers and A1C’s have all been 6 or less since I got the 14.1. I figure to keep eating the way I do for the rest of my life. Was even able to quit all meds after 2 months and haven’t needed any help controlling blood sugar since. As long as I don’t each high carb starchy foods my blood sugar stays within an acceptable range.

dIDYMUS 2011-10-25 22:45:07 -0500 Report

Good for you. I have been on a "healthy" diet for 4 months. My Aic is now 5.7. It is really sensible eating. The weight comes off naturally. I for sure don't like having diabetes, but maybe in some way it is going to save my life. Who Knows?

Type1Lou 2011-10-22 10:56:23 -0500 Report

There is rampant controversy among the "diabetes professionals" about how few carbs is too few. Dr Richard Bernstein, I believe, was one of the first to advocate a very low-carb diet to control his and his patients' blood sugars successfully. His book is titled "Diabetes Solution" and was a turning point for me. I find the ADA proposes daily menu suggestions that are way too high in carbs. For me, the fewer the carbs, the better the BG's. I limit myself to no more than 120 grams of carb per day. A low-carb diet will guarantee that those excess pounds will go away. Many here on DC, both Type 1 and Type 2, have had good success with a low-carb diet and you can't argue with success.

Marytea 2011-10-21 09:17:37 -0500 Report

The only answer that works for me is to count my carbs faithfully and log them, exercise at least every other day,(I usually mall walk for 45 minutes or play with the Wii fit programs), and keep myself involved in something worthwhile. I coordinate a food pantry and much of my week is spent with my focus off myself and on to gathering food and dispensing it. It makes me happy.I am 61 and know that one day the more physical aspects of the pantry will be too much. At that point I will find another way to serve. The point is just get away from yourself while still managing your diabetes well. You can do it.

jayabee52 2011-10-21 06:43:23 -0500 Report

I am wondering if you are laboring under the same misunderstandings as many folks who don't have diabetes have. A person may get absolutely obese and not develop diabetes. And people who are relatively thin also develop this condition too. One has to have the genetic makeup to develop it.

To answer your question, you manage your symptoms as best you can with the tools at your disposal. If you can manage your diabetes through diet and exercise, by all means, do that. If you have to resort to medications th manage your symptoms, do what you have to do. But please don't ignore it.

dIDYMUS 2011-10-20 23:47:02 -0500 Report

I went on the "healthy" eating, that is recommended for everyone, not just diabetics. I lost 15 pounds so far, and still going. I was not obese, but got into my size 10 pants as a result. Still toning up, and had cottage cheese last night instead of ice creme. (Not my favorite before my DX). I try (and I said try) to eat 5 times a day, not always successful, but my blood pressure lowered to (today) 122/70. It is hard. Can you see a diabetic counselor? If not, just stick to this site and Best of Luck!

2011-10-20 22:50:26 -0500 Report

Change your eating style, and loose weight, exercise! That is what everyone will tell you, that is what you should do. Take it from someone who lost 210 lbs. (No weight loss surgery involved.) Yes, I'm still a diabetic, and always will be a diabetic. But in other health areas of my life, I no longer have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or sleep apnea. And yes, I may have diabetes, but diabetes doesn't have me.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-20 22:02:13 -0500 Report

Change your eating habits, your lifestyle and exercise!

dIDYMUS 2011-10-25 23:11:41 -0500 Report

Easier said than done. But you are right. It is the only way to keep up with or beat this disease. Sounds so simple. But to give up 75% of what you eat, and try to waddle a few blocks when you weight 285 lbs. is tough. I am going to try to help my niece through this. Lucky with D. Didn't have to do this that far.

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