how much weight to lose?

By taubsj Latest Reply 2010-05-17 16:47:44 -0500
Started 2010-04-03 00:48:21 -0500

ok i am pre diabetic,and my dr told me to lose weight. im 5'2 and 127 lbs. how much weight does he want me to lose? the drs say i have pre diabetes bec of my weight,i went from 150 to 127 and i thought that woud be just getting realy fustrated with everything. my sugars have been ok lately. and im on a low carb diet now. but im thirsty all the time and feel like crap. is this bec i need to lose more weight? if i lose more weight will i feel better.?

6 replies

GabbyPA 2010-04-04 17:30:28 -0500 Report

Congratulations on the first 23 pounds! That is a great accomplishment. Pre-diabetes is not "because of" your weight. Your weight may be a contributing factor to it, but it is not the cause. In actuality, studies are beginning to show that people who are predisposed to being diabetic end up being overweight because of that. So you may want to read some more and talk to him about it, because just loosing weight is not always enough.

Have you asked your doctor how much he wants you to loose? A goal would be good to work out between you and him. That way you are both on the same page and can work together. The fact that you are still thirsty and feel so badly is an indication that your levels are still too high. Is he giving you any exercise goals or suggestions about your thirst?

Ultimately, yes, as you loose weight you do feel better. But you are so close to your healthy weight, that it may not be just that at this point. Has he done any blood work that you can find out what your fasting levels are on his lab report?

Hang in there. Just remember he is your doctor. You pay him to take care of you, so you need to feel you are getting the best care you can get for your money. Ask, ask, ask all the questions you need to of him.

I would have a heart to heart discussion with him about these things.

cindylt 2010-05-17 16:47:44 -0500 Report

"In actuality, studies are beginning to show that people who are predisposed to being diabetic end up being overweight because of that " - Gabby, can you point me to the study or research about this, I am very interested to read it. Thanks.

MAYS 2010-04-03 01:20:45 -0500 Report

Click on these links for more information

Try this BMI Weight Calculator :

The thirst is because your body is trying to get rid of the excess glucose, this video should explain diabetes :

By losing weight and managing your glucose level you can possibly avoid Type 2 diabetes :

Take care of yourself and manage both your life and diabetes.

" Mays "

psl57 2010-04-03 23:28:06 -0500 Report

It doesn't sound like you are very overweight to me. One of the main keys from what I have been reading is exercise. I don't know if you are exercising at all right now, but if you start walking or do some other from of exercise every day, you may be able to ward off full blown diabetes. Also how your body is proportioned is key also, if you have a large belly, the belly fat can contribute to diabetes also. If I had known how important exercising is to prevent diabetes, I would have done it.

joni55 2010-04-14 17:35:46 -0500 Report

Exercise?!! How dare you curse on this site! LOL My pulmonary doctor was saying I should exercise to help me breathe better. I do run up and down stairs all day, as I live on the second floor. Does that count? He suggested I also go for walks. Next thing you know, someone will be telling me to do sit-ups! EWW! LOL