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Posted by Julie on September 24, 2000 at 19:59:52:

In Reply to: Re: Weight gain since diagnosis posted by Virginia on August 29, 2000 at 19:33:54:

: : I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes almost 2 years ago. I am actually jelous hearing all these people who lost all this weight before they were diagnosed. That was not my case at all. I have actually gained 30 pouns since improving my diet. I am on glucatrol xl, what the heck am I doing wrong? I need to loose the weight.

: I don't know any real easy answers for you. When your blood sugar is high, your body is unable to burn carbohydrates and burns the fat stores in your body for energy. Thus, the weight loss. When you start on medication, your body is once again able to burn carbohydrates and quits drawing on the fat storage of your body. Most of the oral medicatiions for diabetes cause weight gain. Plus the fact that the body starts burning carbohydrates instead of fat. I have stayed on a low carbohydrate diet. This is the only way I have found to keep the weight gain down. I pretty much eat what I want except that I keep track of carbohydrates each day. It is very discouraging when you get your blood sugar regulated and your diet improved and the weight keeps climbing. I get angry when I hear normal people say all it takes is diet and exercise and you can drop those pounds in no time. If it were only that simple. I have never been a big eater and am not that interested in food. Yet, I watch people consuming huge amounts of food that don't even appeal to me and I am the one who's fat not them. The only thing I've had some success with is the low carb diet. You also might want to have your thyroid checked by a blood test.

I was diagnosed a month and a half ago. And i did real well on a low carb diet, i lost the requested amount. then i started with trying to add fiber and i found I had a problem with swelling from the milk and fiber,
I ballooned up again to my pe diagnosed weight.
I found that if i stick with no more than 9 carbs total in a day, I have a better control. exercise worked backwards on me, no matter how much i exercised the sugar went up and up, and i gained.
According to the package insert, you can expect a weight gain, and iI am seriously considering changing to another metformin type to help with the weight gain and make my insulin more sensative.

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