Maintaining Weight with Diabetes

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2014-08-21 08:23:25 -0500
Started 2014-08-19 11:35:49 -0500

I am not overweight. I do not have high blood pressure. With the diet you have to be on with Diabetes, it is hard to maintain the weight. Is there any supplement that can be taken to help maintain the weight?

10 replies

Type1Lou 2014-08-19 17:22:02 -0500 Report

I have had diabetes for 38 years. In the early 2000's, I started reducing my carbohydrate intake to gain better BG control. Initially, I lost about 10 pounds but I have been able to maintain my weight at around 120 pounds (plus or minus 3) for the last 10 years by limiting my carbs to 120 grams per day. In the 1980's, my endo started me on lisinopril, not because of blood pressure issues but as a preventative and I still take 10 mg per day. My body mass index is good and 120 lbs is reasonable for my 5'3" 65-year old female frame.

Billy Mo
Billy Mo 2014-08-20 10:50:08 -0500 Report

Lou, Thank You for your response, but being 50 is alittle different, with no disrepect to you. I have only been doing this for 2 years, and it has been alittle tough trying to find the right balance. Its a battle every day.

Glucerna 2014-08-20 16:33:22 -0500 Report

You're right that it's not easy making changes to your usual habits, and looking for balance is key. Have you met with a registered dietitian? She can help you figure out how to eat to manage blood sugar as well as keep your weight in a healthy range. Also, often people with diabetes lose weight when their blood sugar levels are high, so managing diabetes may also help manage your weight. ~Lynn @Glucerna

haoleboy 2014-08-19 13:22:44 -0500 Report

I have the same issue with maintaining weight. I looked at weight gain supplements but was put off by the cost and the ingredients so I opted to do it 'naturally' by eating a low carb diet that is high in protein and fats.
Not only have I put on a couple pounds my blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved.
Of course … YMMV


Billy Mo
Billy Mo 2014-08-19 14:17:27 -0500 Report

I would also like to add that I am not overweight and I don't have high blood pressure. This Powder Drink by Naturade is a no Sugar Added Supplement that you can take with proper exercise. Once in the morning and one before bed.

Billy Mo
Billy Mo 2014-08-19 14:13:58 -0500 Report

With the fast pace world we live in today, it is hard to plan, make, pack a proper diet every day. With work, kids, and everything else it makes it very difficult to constantly eat the right diet every day, week, month. Thought there would be a quick everyday supplement, powder drink that could help the situation. I did see a all Natural made by Naturade. Powder drink twice a day,

haoleboy 2014-08-19 14:31:12 -0500 Report

In my opinion … and I may be an outlier on this … but, it is our modern fast paced world and the resulting lifestyle/diet that are directly responsible for the incredible explosion of type 2 diabetes in he western world.
I have chosen my health and the health of my family over the frantic "everything all the time" lifestyle and to return to a simpler more "natural" way of eating that does not include processed foods and quick fixes.
I understand your situation as I once faced many of the same challenges but some serious health issues that were directly attributable to diet and lifestyle made me re-evaluate priorities … and happy to say it has changed my whole families outlook on health.
I don't mean to come off as judgemental, you certainly have to lead your life as you see fit … I just feel compelled to offer alternative solutions.


Billy Mo
Billy Mo 2014-08-20 10:55:12 -0500 Report

That seems all well and good, but when you have to pay for certain things in life. Mortgage, taxes, college tuition, etc it doesn't sound fair to not be able to do that for my family because I have diabetes. There are daily challenges for everybody and we choose the path in our life, but its not all about us. We have the responsiblity of our families lives also. Trying to find the fine line is not easy but I will still search for that. I don't think my life has anything to do with yours and the decisions that you make. Might be good for you but maybe not for me at this stage

haoleboy 2014-08-20 13:21:38 -0500 Report

I get that Billy Mo … as I said you have to lead your life as you see fit and that I certainly have a perspective outside the norm … probably due to the stroke I suffered back when I was worried about mortgages, taxes, college tuitions and all that other stuff … it sort of changed my perspective and my priorities, and, as I also said, after what I have been through I feel it is my duty to advocate for making the healthy choices in life.
Good luck to you my friend … we are more alike than you may think.


Billy Mo
Billy Mo 2014-08-21 08:23:25 -0500 Report

Thank You for your concern. Maybe in time I will be able to slow down. Till then I will fight the fight

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