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 :-))
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