Raidens_grandma

Q:

Walking and caring for my grandkids isn't helping me lose weight. I've gained 64lbs over 3 years (138lbs since 1983). I have arthritis in my spine & joints so movement is painful. I'm type 2 since 1983, and my different treatments seem to clash. I was on IV solumedrol, iron, benadryl and antibiotics on and off for 3 years plus solumedrol injections when not on weekly infusions. I take 200 units of 70/30 Humulin daily. Any advice would be welcome. My kids need me alive & healthier.

Amy Campbell

A:

Losing weight can be a challenge, especially when other health issues are involved. However, it’s not impossible! There are several options that you may want to consider. First, think about meeting with a dietitian to work out an eating plan that will help you lose weight and manage your blood glucose levels at the same time. A dietitian will take into account your food preferences and eating schedule, among other things, to customize a plan that will work for you. If you feel like you need more support or structure, consider joining a commercial program such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem. These companies offer programs for people with type 2 diabetes, and checking in regularly can help you stay on track. There may also be a weight management group at your local hospital or elsewhere in your community. Physical activity is the other half of the equation when it comes to managing your weight. Although you have arthritis, you can still be physically active. My suggestion is to ask your healthcare provider for a referral to a physical therapist or exercise physiologist who can help design a safe and effective activity program for you.

October 29, 2012 at 9:57 am