Type 2 diabetic

By cherylisfun Latest Reply 2012-08-09 00:43:56 -0500
Started 2012-07-16 23:17:32 -0500

9 yrs ago when I was pregnant I found out I had type 2 diabetes. I gained 100lbs while pregnant and gave myself 4 shots per day. After having my daughter (a complete miracle, she was 100% healthy as my sugars ran high almost always) I stopped caring about my health. Until 2 yrs ago when I turned 30 and everything went down hill. I was raising a family, working full type at a great job for a Utility, we were bringing in more money than we ever had before and things were going GREAT. Then I got sick, I was admitted into the hospital for cellulitus. My legs & feet were severly swelled, and my AC1 was at around 10. I also weighed almost 400lbs. (I'd been a lil under 300 the last time i was at the dr before that) Anyway, fast forward to now I have been on 55 units of Lantus 1x per day & 5mg of Tradjenta 1x per day. My A1C was 6.2 in Jan & 5.8 as of 3weeks ago. BUT I have only lost 20lbs. I am going through the process of being approved through my insurance for gastric bypass…I know things are going to just get worse if I don't do something. It's so hard to excerise being this big. I always feel hungry. I did stop eating sugar but I eat a lot of bread & cheese. My biggest reasoning for joining this community tonight though, my dad passed away today at the age of 53. I am so afraid I am going to end up just like him. He had been sick for about 15yrs before he passed. I am just really at a stand still on how to lose this weight.

8 replies

Prprincess0923 2012-07-21 22:50:00 -0500 Report

Keep your head up high and you'll be fine and I will be praying for you and if you need a friend I'm here to talk and I have a shoulder you can lean on.
I also take lots of mess too and doing the same for the gastric bypass too.

Jake Levinthal
Jake Levinthal 2012-07-19 12:21:18 -0500 Report

I suggest you talking with your doctor about your concerns. They are very experiences so probably they could help you design your diet in a professional way. Hope you could get better soon. Keep up posted.

Juan M.
Juan M. 2012-07-17 23:21:27 -0500 Report

When faced with a difficult task I like looking at things like, "How does one walk from New York to California?" answer: One Step At A Time!

Lose a pound, then lose 2, then lose 5, then lose 10, etc. but, but, but…celebrate attaining each goal! Never set a goal unattainable and never look at failure as an excuse. In other words u set the parameters and go get them! Trust me no ones "attaboy" can compare to your own!

Nick1962 2012-07-17 10:50:58 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard!
Your story is a lot like mine (except for being pregnant). I lost my father at an early age as well, and most males in my family never saw retirement age. I was on my downhill slide since my teens, made one brief comeback in the mid 90’s but slid further downhill after that. I’m 50 now and facing that family genetic possibility of not seeing retirement either (or even 55). I don’t want to go.
I was over 300 lbs at times, but still healthy. However as I got older that weight just became more taxing. When I was diagnosed 5 years ago it was a wake-up call. What have I been working and saving for all my life? It was time. I put myself on a low carb diet, and exercised moderately and it worked. It was a lifestyle change and it has changed my life.

James below has a pretty good meal plan, but you may need something for a more active person. And that extra weight you’re carrying? It’s actually like using weights when you work out and can be a help.

You’ve come to the right place and any one of us can help you with diets or whatever else you need. We can get your weight down I’m sure without the drastic step of bypass. Your daughter is probably at the age where she’ll need braces soon, and then there’s college yet, so we need to keep you around and healthy.

jayabee52 2012-07-17 04:38:38 -0500 Report

Howdy Cheryl

I agree with Mays about losing the weight. It didn't go on overnight and it won't come off that way either.

I would caution you, however, about the Gastric Surgery. Some friends of mine have done this and looked nice for a while, but couldn't stand the restriction in volume (only 3 oz/meal) so she is blowing up like a blimp again.

And once you've had that surgery you can't undo it any more than one can un-break an egg. (talk to Humpty Dumpty).

I note you eat a lot of bread & cheese. That may be a part of your problem. Another issue is your focus on sugar. It is only going part way toward solving your weight problem. As a Person With Diabetes (PWD) you may wish to count your intake of carbohydrates.

I had a problem with weight also (not as bad as you, but bad enough for me) and at one time had been as high as 240. When 2011 rolled around I was 215 and quite by accident I discovered that my pancreas was producing enough insulin that IF I would eat very carefully, I could manage my Diabetes Mellitus (DM) without the use of DM Medications. (I had been on insulin at the time).

You can read more about my low carb/high protein meal plan in my discussion here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

I do not recommend you go off your DM meds altogether unless and until you lose more weight, and then only in consultation with your Dr. But in my experience I was not aware that I was losing weight until my pants started fitting looser and I had to hold them up with a belt.

I had not historically had much success with "diets" but this meal plan has been very helpful for me.

I would also like to point out that there is a sister site to DC called "Obesity Connect", focused on weight loss. At the top black band you'll see the words "visit another community" Mouse over those words and you'll see a drop down list of other communities available. Select the "Obesity" link. To join just type in your DC login info in the page which pops up. You will find me and many of the folks from DC there as well as a few other people without diabetes.

Praying God's richest blessings to you and yours. To your improving health

James Baker

MAYS 2012-07-17 02:31:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family!
Take your time losing the weight, you didn't gain weight over night, neither will you lose it that way.
Gastric Bypass may work for you, but it is up to you.
You must stay positive and focused throughout this, you must not give up!

Talk to your doctors, if you have either a dietician or a nutritionist, let them work out a plan for you, your medical team can be a big help to you in dealing with this.
Remember that you are part of a wonderful family, a great support system here at Diabetic Connect…set your sight on your goals and obtain them…you can do it!