Type 2 and weight loss

Mom and boys
By Mom and boys Latest Reply 2009-03-14 14:57:50 -0500
Started 2009-03-09 07:22:23 -0500

I was just wondering what everyone thinks about the amount of weight you should loose. At a recent Dr. appt. my Dr. said he thinks I could go off all meds if I loose 35 lbs. It sounds really good and easy! But the last time I weighed that I was in Middle school in the 70's!

After my 1 child was born I did end up weighing about 15 lbs less than I do now … I looked really bad, felt really bad and just was too skinny for me (maybe not the hudband).

Just wondering if he is a nut job or I am a nut job for not wanting to try to go off all meds.

26 replies

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-03-13 17:54:37 -0500 Report

I lost 25 lbs after I was told about my diabetes and have gained about 7 lbs back from lack of excercise. I'm trying to get back into it, but in the I worked 79 hours last week and 72 the week before. Not much time left to do anything else.

bigjrm45 2009-03-13 18:09:23 -0500 Report

I lost 45 lbs in 4 months did not gain it back yet, I just keep walking 2 times a day good luck with yours.

lipsie 2009-03-14 07:15:42 -0500 Report

Sounds like your getting enough exercise just working!! wow That's a lot of time, don't run yourself down okay? Take care! Sheila

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-03-14 14:57:50 -0500 Report

It helps that my job is not sit down all the time, but it still is not alot of physical activity everyday.

southern_ lady
southern_ lady 2009-03-13 16:40:34 -0500 Report

I lost weight after I was diagnosed with
sugar,and i have not gained back, I heard that some lose weight and some gain weight.

dj7110 2009-03-12 20:02:36 -0500 Report

I think weight loss would help. I myself set a goal to lose 100 lbs. after being diagnosed with diabetis. I wanted to get back to where i was after I came home from the service. I only ended up sheding 50lbs mainly to diet change. Than stableized where I am now for over a yr now. Doubt I'll be able to loose anymore due to my inability to exercise. SO I'm just stuck where I am now weight wise.

jsd2005 2009-03-12 19:06:40 -0500 Report

I think your Dr. is suggesting a weight loss as many type 2 individual's can maintain a normal sugar once they have a weight loss and exercise program in place.
Maybe you don't need to lose as much as he suggests, just enough to make you comfortable and hopefully help you have lower blood sugars.

talk with you Dr. and ask him these questions also. He should give you some rational for his recommendations.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-11 16:04:24 -0500 Report

You are all great! I talked with a diatician today we agreed on 15 lbs. through diet and exercise … the dog and I have a date tomrrow morning at 7:15! And we have a Wii so maybe Wii fit is in the future!

BeckyJ 2009-03-11 14:58:14 -0500 Report

About a year ago I was finally able to loose a lot of weight. I have a couple of conditions and medications that make me gain weight and I have fought it all my life. Well I finally got down to 125 (at 5'5 that's the low end of my BMI) hoping I could go off some meds. I looked like a skeleton and my poor cheeckbones stuck out about a mile! I was able to go off all the cholesterol and blood pressure meds but still have to take the others. I've since gained back 35lbs and am still off of the cholesterol and blood pressure meds but my nephew no longer calls me shekletor lol. You know your body better than any chart…if 35lbs seems like too much start with a lower goal. I would like to loose about another 10 to be at the 150 mark but that's just me. I felt good at that number. I've been as high as 342 and as low as 92. The yo-yo dieting just seemed to make me feel worse. As long as you eat healthy and get moderate exercise don't worry so much about that stupid BMI chart.

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-03-11 14:38:19 -0500 Report

I just got the WII video game system and I'm going to get the fit on Friday. That will help me get my exercise, if I can keep my 8 year old off it. LOL

DoseyDoe65 2009-03-10 09:38:14 -0500 Report

Watch that. Its according to what KIND of meds. you are wanting to come off of. I want to loose weight too and I think I would not have to take so many,but I'm afraid to. I'm not a diabetic but because of what a doctor said, my other Dr. wants me to test once a day for a while. I have had 4 back surgeries and a lot of nerve damage,so I don't know if I could live with the pain without meds.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-11 08:31:30 -0500 Report

I am trying to come off diabetes and cholesterol meds. Just got off the phone with dietician and she seems to think 10-15 lbs through proper diet and exercise will do the trick. Or at least lower the risk for heart/stroke problems. I have been pretty good with the food but…..exercise has been difficult to make time for. I will just have to do it!

2009-03-09 18:14:15 -0500 Report

I can relate with the too skinny part. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I lost nearly 40lbs in less than 3 weeks. I was a normal weight at 5'8". I have gained about 15lbs back but I am still embarassed to go out in public. I look sick. My neck is paper thin, my jeans fall off me, it's horrible. I think a person has to be comfortable with their own weight, be it underweight, normal or heavy. I know people that don't know me think I have some kind of eating disorder, I just hate it. You know at what weight you feel better. If you think droping the weight your doctor mentioned will make you feel too skinny, don't do it. In my case, I had so many things wrong, my illness caused the weight loss. If I had a say in the matter, I wouldn't have lost one single pound. I hope you are feeling better. Take care of yourself, Angie

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-10 08:09:53 -0500 Report

Thanks Angie I think that is what I needed to hear! My best friend just laughed when I told her 35 lbs. My goal is to feel good and healthy!

SkipT 2009-03-09 17:36:28 -0500 Report

I lost 77 lbs on a very low carb diet (Bernstein plan) I have kept it off for over a year. I was able to quit both of my meds (Actos and metformin) I regulate my BG through diet and exercise and diet.
I will be the first to admit that it is HARD! But if you want anything bad enough you will do what you have to to get it.

tabby9146 2009-03-14 10:38:16 -0500 Report

That's right Skip!! You've got to want it. I was scared into losing. I had tried losing a year or so before diagnosis, but I had "cravings" that I believe were caused by too much sugar. Sure, I want things I shouldn't have now once in a while, but I no longer have the cravings and I love it!

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-03-09 15:23:08 -0500 Report

I would love to get down to a size 10. I'm on my way. When I was first told I had diabetes I was a size 18 to 20 (that was in July 2008), but with winter I have not been excersing as much so some weight has come back. Good luck on your weight loose.

Ritpin 2009-03-09 14:22:44 -0500 Report

As a nurse and type 2 diabetic, I would welcome going off any medication under MD control. You need to be comfortable with your weight and body. You may feel healthier and better at a reduced weight and on reduced medication. Give it a try. 35 Pounds does not seem like much to me. You can stop at any time or weight you feel more confortable with. Try to not be dependent on drugs. It just makes more money for their companies, which already have too much control.

Mom and boys
Mom and boys 2009-03-09 14:58:02 -0500 Report

The part I am questioning is not if I can loose the weight but, when I have weighed as little as 15 lbs less I have not felt good (too skinny) looked anarexic (sp). Grant you at that time they were trying to regulate my sugars after a pregnancy and I was too thin.

The sad part is it has take until middle age to be ok with who I am. And a size 10 pants is just fine with me. Now size 10 is not good enough.

I have an appt. with the dietician on Wed. :)

tabby9146 2009-03-14 10:36:45 -0500 Report

I was hoping to be in a size 8, ALL size 8s but it depends on how the pants are cut I guess. I was a 12, and then after losing 26 lbs. I went to a 10 easy, and 'some' 8s. I don't want to stop there. I want to do the proper exercises (more intense ab toning) to always wear a 8 is possible. That was my ideal for many years.

lipsie 2009-03-09 09:18:58 -0500 Report

I agree, I would do a very gradual weight loss plan. You might be suprised, getting off your medications in the long run, being healthier, may make you feel a lot better. :) Good luck! Sheila

tabby9146 2009-03-09 11:36:50 -0500 Report

I want you to know that you 'can' do it and that i did it! I was diagnosed in early Nov. and lost 1.5 lbs a week most weeks, other times 2 lbs, a week. I was amazed at how often I ate and how I was never deprived or felt hungry. I just found things that were healthy. I got a diabetic cookbook, I also used lots of recipes on this site. I ate the things I normally cook in moderation. I lost 26 lbs in just over 3 months. I just got off my Metformin a few days ago. So far so good. I make sure to exercise 5-6 days a week too.I wish you all the luck in the world. It's true everything the first person said on here that replied.

Ritpin 2009-03-09 14:26:05 -0500 Report

Thanks for your encouraging comments. I would like to have further dicussions with you.
Please respond. I may not be available for 1-2 days for repsonse back.

rbergman 2009-03-09 08:45:18 -0500 Report

In my opinion, losing weight and getting off meds would be nice, but, losing weight doesn't seem to be easy for anyone. Personally I know if I lost 40lbs I would probably feel better in general and not just for diabetes reasons. I think there are a lot of things to take into consideration with anyone losing weight. We all have an "ideal" weight, based on our BMI numbers and I would be thrilled to lose the weight I need to and if I was able to get off of my meds and control my diabetes with diet and exercise that would be a great bonus. I would follow the doctor's advice but just be careful not to lose too much weight too quickly by dieting too much to try and get to that goal weight just to get off meds. I would say eat right, eat healthy, exercise properly and not try to rush it just to get the weight down to get off the meds. I recently set a goal for myself and it isn't a lose weight quick kind of thing, but by not pushing myself to hard I don't feel overwhelmed by the amount of weight I need to lose, I just take it 1 lb at a time and I'm happy with the progress, any progress is better than none at all even if it isn't a quick loss.