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    Old 11-11-2014, 07:16 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Diabetes

    I have Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obstructive sleep apnea.
    Im trying get control of my health problems but it seems all I do is make things worst. I have a overeating problem will eat when im board, when im not hungry in fact I eat one meal a day, a meal that last all day and in the middle of the night. Recently I have felt terrible I have constant headaches, back and stomach pain and constipation. I take mega doses of Novolin R insulin, so my sugar which would 500 is only 165 or better. recent urine test revealed trace amount keytones and sort of high protein levels. I have told my doctor my bad eating problems that I can stop, but he blows it off. I was thinking of committing myself in a mental hospital in hopes to save my life. I know death is knocking (Yes im overweight 455lbs) The mental hospital said they couldn't commit me unless a doctor or court says so. I want to live!! any suggestions?

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    Dear Steven,

    Hey! I really commend you for hanging in there with trying to get help to deal with your problems. Medical doctors often are focused on medications and have no tools for dealing with our emotional and mental issues. General practitioners really should refer us to the appropriate specialists, but they almost never do. It seems we have to figure out which specialist we need and refer ourselves, most of the time.

    I go on binges of over eating. I don't know what is behind your overeating, but I know for me it's emotional eating. Sugary, high carb food numbs me out. It's good for me to sit here and discuss this with you, since I have been ignoring my health and eating wrongly myself. I saw some of myself in your message. I need to lose about 70 pounds, myself. Now that I figured out the number I need to lose I am shocked at myself. So I am writing to you and myself at the same time. I hope what I share helps you.

    The only time I don't eat inappropriately is when I eat regular small meals of protein and fruits & vegetables. If I make blender smoothies of low fat milk, protein powder, 1 tablespoon cold pressed olive oil, 1/2 to 1 cup plain yogurt and frozen no added sugar fruit (and I started adding a couple fresh kale leafs)(also you can use any kind of fresh fruit), and have those smoothies twice a day in between meals, I don't over eat. So it's worth it to use food money and buy a blender.

    I think over weight is more about what we eat than how often. When I eat several meals a day I lose weight while my stomach is almost always is full. In fact I just read that eating three large meals a day the weight will remain the same or won't come off. When I eat several small meals I keep several different types of nuts and dried fruit and yes, even some dark chocolate chips for in-between meal snacks. I end up eating all day long, that way, and still lose weight. I have lame legs so walking for exercise doesn't work for me. I have to sit and do leg raises and stretches, and upper arm exercise. If you can, make yourself go for walks two or three times a day, and park away from doors so you have to walk. Walking will get your fat burners going. It's really important to build the large muscles, like the thigh and buttock muscles, since only muscle burns fat. Cardio helps the heart, but cardio does not burn fat. Only muscle burns fat. So build up your muscles and the muscles will burn off the fat.

    I think I understand some of what you are going through, because I am a very orally inclined person. Obviously your eating pattern isn't from true hunger for food. I eat or chew my nails from inner stress over things in my life I cannot control. Maybe you, as well, are eating out of anxiety, not genuine hunger for food.

    No one can change how you eat but you, as you know. However, if you see a mental health worker you can learn what your anxiety is from and how to make sense of it and stop punishing yourself. I think over eating can be a way to hide inside oneself. Trouble is this still shows on the outside by excess weight as you know. If you will really look at why you eat or what's eating at you, I think you will discover what professional can help you to correct the imbalances. One thing I do is take B 100 complex vitamin daily to feed my nerves to help me calm down. (B 100 complex is not the same as "B complex".) The B feeds the nerves so they can calm down.

    Medical doctors can rely too much on medications for helping people and ignore other issues that should be addressed. Obviously your meds are helping your blood sugar, but blood sugar is far from your only health problem. If your doctor won't refer you to a counselor who can help you learn whats eating at you, then you can change doctors until you find one that will. A good physician should refer you to a dietician as well, as the weight is a serious overload on your heart and lungs. And we always need exercise. But if your doctor doesn't think of those things, you can ask for those specialists and say you need help. I have even said I don't want to live if I cannot get help. That shocked one doctor into making a referral I needed. Don't say anything you don't really mean. Know that you yourself have to take charge of your own mental, emotional and physical health. No one else can do it for you.

    To deal with stress I chewed my fingernails mercilessly stripping off teeny layers to avoid bleeding. I made myself stop the biting by smoking, then when my lungs rattled, I stopped smoking and chewed just one fingernail. Now I still keep putting my fingers in my mouth. Eating for me is also part of my oral fixation.

    We have to do the work of changing ourselves. I think a mental health worker could help you discover why you are over-eating, but on the other hand only we can do the work of changing the way we eat. I say change rather than stop because food is necessary and enjoyable.

    You might want to try one of the other board topics to find like minded people that can help motivate you, or join a live group. There are people that meet for just about any reason we can think of.

    I think you can be proud of yourself that you are motivated to make a change. Just know that only we can change our minds how we use our bodies and take care of them. You want to live, that's the first step.

    Now change the way you live so you can enjoy life even more. You are so worth it!!!
    ~ YaYa ~

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