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Type 1 and weight loss.....

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by AnnaBanana, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. shop

    shop · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Anna,

    I ordered it from Amazon and it came really quickly it is brilliant and is handy to carry around in your handbag. I have also downloaded the BDEC course and am following it. The only thing I have adapted (am doing at the moment) is that I have changed the daily diary so that BG results are in columns so that it is easier to see patterns forming. It is very much a learning curve but things are really starting to click for me now. ( I am not the quickest at picking up things, so if I can do it anyone can. )

    The key is not to give up as I have had alot of ups and downs but its because of them that you learn.

    Good luck and if you have any questions I would be happy to try and help,

    Lucy. :)
     
  2. persian

    persian Type 1 · Newbie

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    I became Type 1 Diabetic, after going on Progesterone to treat Endometriosis. My GP at the time decided I didn't need treatment or the need of a specialist and should just 'cut out juices'. 1.5 years later, during which time I tried changing GPs, I finally found one but by that time had a leg abcess, eyebrows & hair fellout, skin was porous and in bad condition, I felt very ill indeed, and you can imagine the need to drink loads and constant wee'ing was exhausting.
    I was sent immediately to hospital the following morning by my new GP. I was in shock and had to start insulin injections immediately. In no time at all, I went from over 8 stone to nearly 14 stone - in 3 months! I thought I was fat when I was 8stone, funny eh. Unfortunately, at age 30 I should have been seen by a Consultant, but was seen by a Junior Doctor - which may have stopped this scenario from happening. When I did get to see a Consultant a few months down the line, I was put on Metformin to counteract the Insulin Resistance. I was tested positive for Type 1. Injections were not a good experience, I just seemed to keep growing, I have always been a healthy eater and a dedicated exerciser, so this was soul destroying. Having starchy carbs to feed the insulin was a vicious cycle.
    4 years ago, I started on animas insulin pump, thanks to my very good consultant. I am no longer feeding the insulin, rather it's feeding the relevant meal, carb-counting of course. But I still had this weight to lose, as a short person just over 5ft, being nearly 14 stone is an absolute killer. I've packed in my job to focus on my health. I have doubled my cardio exercise (step/aerobics, etc, etc), which in turn has made me insulin-sensitive. This allows me to reduce my dose, which in turn creates weight-loss. It's slow as you have guestimate if you have enough insulin to be hypo/hyper free during exercise, and not be over-insulated which prevents weight loss. I have managed to get down from 83kg to 68 kg since xmas. I am aiming to hit my target of 50kg. My Carb-Insulin Ratio has also changed as a welcome by-product of this.
    If I was on injections, for which the dosage was continually increasing upto a pen per day for boluses! - it would be impossible. The only way is to be on an Insulin Pump/Carb Counting - most of my life I have had a naturally low-dairy/low-carb diet with plenty of protein & greens, and low-sugar fruit - before I was a Diabetic and have continued this way of life - real & tasty food only. As you have less hypos on a pump, you don't need to stuff your face with the emergency unhealthy carb.
    I have reduced my total daily insulin dosage from 55 units to 15 units per day, inclusive of all bolus/basal.
    I feel so much better, and feel like I'm on my way to who I used to be. Luckily, I've always loved exercise, not had a sweet tooth and would just love to look in the mirror and not see this fat-insulin face. Anniversary of becoming Diabetic is in end of this year, I hope to hit my target by then.
    Reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes & The Blood Sugar Solution have validated with science what quiet a few of us Type 1's have experienced/felt already.
    I cannot recommend enough, how important it is to count-the-right-carbs & be pumping!
     
  3. keycare

    keycare · Member

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    Anna,

    Take a look at this...

    diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=30297

    Insulin (carbs) is what makes you fat, the more Carbs you eat the more insulin you need, the fatter you get. On the other hand fat makes you FULL not fat.
    Steer clear of low fat foods, they all have higher Carbs.
     
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