Group Forum: sugar goes up when I lose weight

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Willowmim

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 10:11
Has anyone ever had their sugar go UP when you first start losing weight??? I am totally baffled by this, and this is not the first or even second time it has happened. It seems when I lose a few pounds, my sugar goes up by about 5-10 'points' (or what ever you call it). I had been "borderline" for a long time, now I have type 2, sugar usually runs from between 117 up to 130's, but this morning it was 151!
mamabird69

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 14:17
I have had Type II diabetes for about 7 years and 151 is a great reading! Your sugar reading will depend on what you eat and when you take your sugar after you eat. Did your doctor go through all the stuff with you or send you to a nutritionist? I just don't want to sound like a record player if you've heard this all again and again. I would love to help in anyway I can. Remember eating fruits, which we think are healthy, can raise a diabetics sugar readings dramatically. I can only eat a half of a banana at a time and it still raises my sugar a couple points. Also, don't take your sugar readings until at least 2 hours after you've eaten because it takes at least that long to get a true reading. Again.... I do not mean to repeat anything your doctor has already told you so I'm sorry if I am. Heres what I'll do, because I could go on and on and I don't want to sound bossy, so I will keep an eye out for this post and I will send you a buddy request and if you have ANY questions about diabetes I will do my best to help. By the way.... My sugars average in the 190's with meds..... Even with great eating my pancreas just doesn't work real great. I'm hoping by the time I lose more weight my averages will come down. Hope to hear from you!
Be Strong and MAKE it a great day!!
Mamabird
Willowmim

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Posted: 03 Aug 2013, 20:27
Hi Mamabird, No, you don't sound bossy, or like a record or any of that stuff. As I said though, I am fairly "new" to the diabetic scene. It runs on both sides of my family and I have always been a little over weight, so I figured I would get it sooner or later. I will be 59 this December and HAVE put on quite a bit of weight with getting older, started when I got an job, before that I was pretty active during working hours. I agree that 151 isn't bad, but my husband gets on me when it goes over 120... I guess he is just trying to keep me healthy. And yes, it could very well be what I am eating... I really do need to start keeping a food journal. But writing down every little thing I put in my mouth is a pain... I'd practically have to carry it around with me...lol, not really.
Anyway, I would love to be on your Buddy list... I use to go to weight watchers, but just can't afford the weekly dues, nor is there any real close to where I live now (Delray, W V) Thanks for the reply, I am new here to 'FatSecrect' also, so am just learning the layout. Nice talking with you... Willow
PS, Congrats on losing 28 pounds... WAY TO GO!!!
cpmodem

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Posted: 04 Aug 2013, 12:43
151mg/dl is nearly 2x normal. Clinical trials over the years have proven that this high a bg will result in greatly increased bad effects on the body. In fact recent studies suggest that BG's higher than normal (84 mg/dl appx) start deterioration at the cellular level. Diabetes won't disappear once you have it, but it can be controlled. Depending on the person, different strategies are needed. Some folks (like me) react well to carbohydrate restriction. Other's may not have the same results, but bottom line is that carbs are what cause high BG's in diabetics. Read Gary Taubes' books. They are a good way to get up to speed and on the right track quickly. Remember, it is your body and your health. It is your responsibility to ensure that you mitigate the effects of this insidious disease, not your doctor's. Losing weight may not make the diabetes go away, but it will make it much easier to contol. I have lost 20% of my starting weight 13 months ago by using the Atkins method. My insulin requirements have been reduced by 50%. Don't be afraid of using insulin injections to control your diabetes. It is a very powerful tool and one with the least adverse effects if done properly. I brought my A1c down from 9's & 10's into the low 5's using these techniques.

You can do it if I can.
Avoiding the things that raise blood insulin and leptin levels works. Really!
mamabird69

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Posted: 04 Aug 2013, 15:19
Willowmim,
Glad to hear from you. Please note the 151 is not 2x what it should be...if you got down to 75 as a diabetic you would be shaky and weak....take it from me, I've been there. Not fun. Now a person without diabetes can handle a low number like that. Just remember ...no two people or their bodies react to diabetes, the meds, food, or insulin, the same. I have been through nutritionists, schooling, and doctors care throughout my time as a diabetic. I am not a doctor by all means and would never tell you what to do but I do believe that if you listen to YOUR doctor, who knows you better than anybody here on FatSecret does, that will be your best first step in lowering your numbers.
With that, I will be happy to help with food ideas, and recipes that are low sugar/carb. I'm surprised at some of the diabetic cookbooks that I have gotten and how high the carbs are in some of their recipes.
Well, I hope you're having an exceptional day!!! MAKE it great!!
Be Strong and MAKE it a great day!!
Mamabird
mamabird69

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Posted: 04 Aug 2013, 15:31
Cpmodem,
I read through some of your posts and really liked the info you have! I literally just bought the book, The New Atkins for a New You. I am anxious to get reading it!! I was just wondering, that as a diabetic, if I had any questions would you mind if I came to you on here and asked you since you have done this and lost the weight on it?
I hope you are having a wonderful day!!
Be Strong and MAKE it a great day!!
Mamabird
cpmodem

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Posted: 05 Aug 2013, 01:16
Like I said in my last post, everyone is different and must find what works for them, but I would be happy to relate my anecdotal experiences. BTW, "Atkins for the New You" is a great book. Lotsa useful information.
Avoiding the things that raise blood insulin and leptin levels works. Really!
Willowmim

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Posted: 06 Aug 2013, 22:19
I have a question about the Atkins diet, it is "very" low card, right??? And your are supposed to eat a lot of meat, am I right on either... I don't have the book, just going by what I've heard. Anyway, my question/problem is that I also have high cholesterol, I've had it a lot longer than the diabetes. So, what will this diet do to my cholesterol.
OH, and mamabird, as for my Doctor, she is GREAT... but my hubby and I have recently HAD to change health ins. and my Doc is not in there network, so I haven't seen her or had blood work done for about 5 months... (trying to get things straightened out with ins.) But in the mean time I can only monitor my sugar, not cholesterol... things have been... weird Smile
Anyway, I will be gone for a couple of days, going to Maryland for a Wedding, will be back on Sunday, so I won't see any of your post till then. oh, cpmodem, thank you for your info also, didn't mean to seem to leave you out Smile
You all have a great Week, talk to you later
Willow
cpmodem

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Posted: 07 Aug 2013, 00:21
Atkins is low carb but not high protein. Protein in my case is around 20-25% of total calories. As far as cholesterol goes, latest research and peer reviewed studies suggest that dietary cholesterol intake has little or no effect on blood cholesterol. In fact, it has been found that with many people, carbohydrates have a much larger effect. This is especially true with diabetics. My cholesterol number decreased dramatically when I started LC even though I was eating bacon and eggs almost every day. Now after over a year on LC, I am off both my cholesterol meds and my BP meds. Get the books and get started. The sooner you start, the sooner you can start taking control over your health, your diabetes, your life. Diabetics deserve normal blood sugars.
Avoiding the things that raise blood insulin and leptin levels works. Really!