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I have lost 17 lbs in the last month.
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I have lost 17 lbs in the last month.

Congrats! Really, I know how difficult it is to lose weight,but a caution. If you are losing more than three pounds a week, you are probably losing muscle as well as fat. Muscle that you may need to burn off sugar and calories. If doing aerobic type activities is what you're doing to lose weight, I would suggest taking Glutamine.Also, if you are doing aerobic activity, the best time to do it is first thing in the moring on an empty stomach. Your glycogen levels are low at that time and you'll be burning more fat than sugar.

Just a thougth or two.

J.P.
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Congratulations. I lost 30lbs in 3 months when I was first diagnosed mostly by cutting way back on my diet. As long as you are dieting under a doctor or nutritionists supervision, you should be OK. Just remember that living with diabetes is not a sprint - it is an endurance race.

Fuskie
Who has been slowly gaining weight and is assuming it is muscle mass from working out twice a week for the last six months since he has not really changed his diet other than to increase his intake of potassium and protein...
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Hi Fuskie,

Who has been slowly gaining weight and is assuming it is muscle mass from working out twice a week for the last six months since he has not really changed his diet other than to increase his intake of potassium and protein...


I finally bought a membership to my local gym in Nov.I was lifting in my basement and, usually when I bench, I close my eyes....well...on the last rep of my last set,I missed the rack support on one side and got trapped under the barbel until I could roll it off me.Enter:gym membership!

It's difficult to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time, but it doesn't stop me from trying.Now that I feel a little more comfortable in the gym, I go 3 or 4 times a week to lift and hit the treadmill after lifting. I am taking a lot of supplements to help me along as well as increasing my protein intake. I don't notice any size differnce yet, but I've noticed that my muscles are getting denser.Hopefully getting a bit more size is the next step.

Best of luck, J.P.


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I haven't done that much excercise yet. I have walked some days, but haven't really got a routine down. Mostly, I have just been sticking to the diet I have been given.
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I haven't done that much excercise yet. I have walked some days, but haven't really got a routine down. Mostly, I have just been sticking to the diet I have been given.

It is hard to make a lot of life changes at one time, so take your time. I do my cardio each work afternoon, walking about 1.5mi in 5 laps around my office building. My co-workers don't even comment on it and my boss once congratulated me on sticking to it last year. Plus, given the average summertime temperatures in Atlanta, I assured of not being invited to post-walk meetings.

Fuskie
Who is not sure about today as the South GA fires have created an ash cloud that have made their way thickly northward...
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I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 29 yrs ago with hypertension. I will be 59 this November.

My doc recommended meds, diet and exercise.

I followed my doc's advice and had regular checkups and testing. All my tests, for the most part, were "perfect" according to the doc. My doc said a small "blip" out of the normal on rare occasion can be expected. IWO, no cause for alarm.

Today, as I type this, I am in a motorized wheelchair, have glaucoma and cataracts. When I was first diagnosed I weighed ~210 lbs. Today I'm down to ~150 lbs. Height 5'7".

He can't explain how or why the neuropathy, glaucoma and cataracts decided to suddenly raise their ugly wrath 5-6 years ago other than to say, "Sh*t happens." I bust out laughing! He knows and I know that medical science is nowhere near perfect. All a person can do is put forth his or her best effort and hope for the best.

I wish you all the best in your efforts to defeat this ugly beast within you. I tried but lost but I'm still fightin'!

Best regards,
Duane
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There's a lot physicians still don't know about Type 2 diabetes. The kidney specialists here will talk about a patient who had all the deterioration of a patient with Type 2 diabetes, but never had an abnormal blood sugar. The human genome project is expected to shed some light on this area in the future. Controlled studies do show consistently better outcomes with better blood sugar control. In spite of this there are outliers, people with poor control who seem to do quite well and people with good control who seem to do poorly.
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All a person can do is put forth his or her best effort and hope for the best.

It bears repeating that diabetes is a degenerative disease. There is no cure and it will eventually get worse. Our job as those dealing with it is to put it off for as long as possible through diet, exercise and when necessary, medication and hope that a cure is around the corner.

Fuskie
Who notes you were successful in your battle for 25 years and as long as you can still post, the battle is not yet lost...
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