diabetes a drepressing subject

toads cove
By toads cove Latest Reply 2010-07-04 09:53:06 -0500
Started 2010-07-02 22:18:49 -0500

i am a 48 yr old female and feeling depressed over my having diabetes im after trying everything to lose weight up one wk down the next does any body have any solutions for weight loss . i just recently lost my 44 yr old sister to diabetes and its heart breaking.

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Richard157 2010-07-04 09:43:33 -0500 Report

In order to lose weight I cut my daily carb intake to 130g . I had been eating considerably more than that. I increased my exercise to at least one hour of brisk walking per day. I also stopped compensating for low blood sugar by eating food or candy. I now use glucose tablets almost every time. Each tablet has only 15 calories, and zero fat.

Some diabetics have found they can function well with less than 50 carbs per day. That will certainly help blood sugar and cause weight loss too. I find that impossible to do. We are all different. I have tried 100 carbs per day, for three weeks, but I lost so much energy, and could not do my exercise properly. I lost my extra weight with 130 carbs per day and exercise.

gregsteele 2010-07-04 09:53:06 -0500 Report

I know what you mean RICHARD though im not overweight 5 ft 10in 172 lbs i cannot function on less than 65 grams per meal and a couple 25-30 gram snacks love to all GREG

GabbyPA 2010-07-04 08:38:36 -0500 Report

Diabetes cares not who it takes or the age. I am so sorry that your younger sister is gone and even more sad that she lost the battle we all fight daily. It does make it hard, and sometimes seem that the worth is not there in the efforts. The point is that you are still working on it, and while it doesn't go exactly as you hope, you are still working.

For weight loss, I don't focus on the scale. I focus on my BG numbers. If those are in good control, I am going to lose weight. Now, that works for me because I still have a lot to loose, but my point is. When I start focusing on the scale, I can't drop a pound. But when I am getting my lifestyle in order, the weight comes off. That includes my food choices, but also my exercise and my state of mind.

petals 2010-07-03 17:54:53 -0500 Report

I am sorry for your loss. Stress can cause your weight to be up and down if you are an emotional eater. I am. And when my dad was diagnosed with cancer I gained some weight. If you are like me, find something else to do. Like take a walk, read, get on here and talk to us. Ray gave you some of the advice that I was going to, so listen to him. I am here for you.

Harlen 2010-07-02 23:28:46 -0500 Report

I am sorry for your loss
I lost my mom to it too thats why I work so hard on taking care of it ,it was a bad way to go and I am not going to go that way !!!!
We are here for you , are you carb counting?
what do you take for your diabetes?
I do know how it feels to go down one week and then up the next I had to realy cut the carbs and then it started to come down a little each week.
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-07-02 22:38:50 -0500 Report

First of all I am so sorry for your loss. There is no doubt that the tragic loss may have something to do with your ups and downs, physically and emotionally. You raised the question of solutions for weight loss and that is a rather common question asked here and in just about every other website that I have come across.

I don't have the solutions but I have some tips if you'd like to hear what I have to say below; however, I would also encourage you to read the archives here with keywords like "weight loss tips" and related searches.

It is important to realize that everyone's bodies are different and it's metabolism that has alot to do with ones success in weight loss. For the diabetic, weight loss is simply one component of control of the disease. Exercise and medication (if needed) are the others. Your body will be able to tell you what works and what doesn't and you'll get the facts from your scale and your glucose meter/a1c level tests.

What I have found that has worked for me with weight loss (20 lbs is about 10% of my body weight) was taking baby steps and setting realistic goals. I've learned the importance of eating over starvation mode and begin every day with breakfast of some kind. Breakfast kick starts the metabolism and gives energy. That's very important. Most people have morning high numbers that breakfast can (usually) help to lower.

I have been drinking alot of water daily. Hydration is very important to the body's function. Exercise (again, baby steps) is important to weight and heart and circulation. I owe my weight loss to those key factors because I am not on medication.

The following list was obtained from a book I have recently taken from the library. Some may while others may not work for you:

set realistic expectations
make small changes and make them slowly
make healthy foods more accessible
"hide" vegetables you don't like in sauces and casseroles
don't buy junk food (or limit it)
distract yourself … walk in park, phone call, write letters
list quick and easy menu plans
portion control
exercise more (a little at a time is more than nothing)
try a group class or home videos for exercise
vary exercise (don't get in a rut)
you don't need a gym (walk, sit ups, pushups, whatever)
exercise in morning gets it out of the way
keep a journal
reward yourself with pampering (sensibly)
take deep breaths to destress yourself
develop a positive attitude

We are people who understand where you are and where you've been. We understand the fears, frustrations, depressions, etc. Please… if there's anything I can say or do, drop me a line.

We're in this together!!!