I thought skinny was the key. I was wrong!

By Mando_Lynn Latest Reply 2015-03-09 17:07:38 -0500
Started 2015-03-07 22:28:59 -0600

Both of my parents have DT2. I didn't want to get it too and I thought that staying thin would be the key. I've been about 112 pounds all my life and have gone to the gym for 30 years. When I got my diagnosis almost a year ago I was shocked. Not only did I get it, but I got it in my 40s.

All the articles I read said to lose weight but I don't really have any extra to spare. So I decided to change my body in the opposite direction. I'm now working out twice a day but with the heaviest weights I can handle so I can build muscles! Muscles burn sugar and I don't have much (muscle).

I'm now up to 119 pounds and my A1c went from 6.5 last May to 5.7 in December. I'm expecting a 5.5 in a couple of weeks.

So, to those looking to get lower numbers, don't just "stay active" like the docs tell you. Work with weights!! Hard. As hard as you can. Build up some sugar-burning muscles! If you also need to lose weight, muscles burn fat too :-))

11 replies

JoleneAL 2015-03-09 09:15:46 -0500 Report

Congrats! I too was diagnosed under-weight and am told I couldn't possibly have diabetes because I'm too skinny (not now, but that's another story).

Its the damn food we take in, skinny or not. (sigh)

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-09 17:07:38 -0500 Report

I'm not even sure that's true. Don't we all know folks who have soda with breakfast, fast food for lunch, carb overload at dinner and are just fine? None of my friends who eat like that have diabetes.

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-08 18:29:38 -0500 Report

My dad was diagnosed at 37. Skinny as a rail. Mom diagnosed at 55. Heavy. All types of folks get it and I don't think it's anyone's fault. I have no idea what I could have done to prevent it.

I was probably diabetic long before I was diagnosed but it just never showed up until I got a teaching job and started eating school breakfast and lunch. About 100 carbs on average per meal. It didn't even occur to me I could be eating unhealthy. After all with Michelle Obana and all her school lunch childhood obesity stuff I figured school lunch was a good option. Oops! Wrong!

I feel lucky that my A1c had only gotten up to 6.5 in my first year. Cutting out school food and bumping my workouts to twice a day instead of once was enough to get my numbers to (almost) normal.

Pegsy 2015-03-08 18:37:25 -0500 Report

I am trying to get my A1c below 6. Even with careful diet and exercising twice a day on most days, I am still struggling. I take 2000mg Metformin daily. I would love to get off of it but I am beginning to accept that may not happen. It won't stop me from trying!

haoleboy 2015-03-09 11:29:40 -0500 Report

Getting your A1c below 6 may or may not greatly improve your overall health … but sticking to a healthy "diet" and lifestyle absolutely will.
Keep fighting the good fight Pegsy!


Pegsy 2015-03-08 18:13:55 -0500 Report

My grandfather and my mother had T2D. My grandfather was diagnosed in his 70's, my mother in her early 60's and I in my early 50's. For the longest time I blamed myself for being diabetic. I really believed that it was my fault and I could have avoided it. I've learned a lot about diabetes since then. I've learned about the hereditary nature of it. I've learned that smoking during pregnancy can predispose the unborn child to type 2 diabetes. I've learned that the diet I was raised on also contributed to it. While I may have delayed it, I don't think I could have prevented it.

That being said…I have much greater control through weight loss, a very carefully controlled diet, exercise, getting good sleep and reducing stress.

I am right there with you in that muscle mass really does help. I get plenty of aerobic exercise as well but my A1c does a lot better when I am consistent with resistance training. I decided to take a break for a while and stopped my resistance training for about a month. I saw my glucose rise as a result. Now I do my best to get aerobic activity every day and resistance training 3 to 4 times per week. It really does wonders.

haoleboy 2015-03-08 15:37:03 -0500 Report

I'm a big advocate of increasing muscle mass to improve blood glucose levels for type 2's.
IMO lifting heavy is not required as mass is best acquired by lifting multiple, high rep sets with lighter weights and then some less frequent "heavy" workouts.
All ages and physical abilities can benefit from weight / resistance training.


Good luck on that 5.5!


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