Can You Get Diabetes If You Are Skinny?

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How A Thin Diabetic Reversed Her Type 2 Diabetes

I received a letter from reader Sarah, who has successfully used low-carbohydrate high-fat diets and intermittent fasting to reverse her type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, she is not particularly overweight as measured by body mass index, yet still suffered from T2D. At her heaviest, she only had a BMI of 24.9, which puts her in the ‘normal’ range. She writes: The letter I immigrated to US from P.R. China in the end of 1998 when I was 31 years old; I weighed about 55 kg (121 lbs). While I was in China, I lived thousands of miles away from my family, so I had sort of an intermittent fasting life style from age 19 to 31 years old. The meals in China were mostly vegetables and very little protein. I had an annual physical check up every year, but was never told of any abnormal blood results. After I immigrated to the U.S., my lifestyle suddenly changed from one meal per day to three meals consisting of mainly grains with little fat and protein. I gained about 25 pounds (11 kg) in a couple of years, my weight did not continue going up. My heaviest was about 145 pounds (66 kg). When I was diagnosed with diabetes in Dec 2004: Weight: 142 pounds (64 kg) Height: 5 feet 4 inches (163 cm) H Continue reading >>

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  1. distracted

    Skinny/Fit and Type 2 [Rant]

    Being fit and diagnosed with Type 2 has to be the worst Type 2 diagnosis one can get. I read a lot that one can 'maintain' with good diet and fitness. Overweight people can make better lifestyle choices and maintain there Type 2. Overweight people have a lot of room to improve. They likely have never worked out so they can start doing that. They likely never ate healthy so they can start doing that.
    Now what do you say to the Type 2 who has already followed better lifestyle choices? Eat healthier? I already ate healthy. Are you saying that I now need to cut out that one oreo I'd occasionally indulge in also? Work out? Been doing that for the past 2 years!
    Can anyone relate? I feel so hopeless against this Type 2 that I don't even care. It's so ridiculous that I even have this disease

  2. Triv

    I can relate to the skinny part but I admit my diet wasn't the best prior to diagnosis. I improved my bg a lot with diet, exercise and meds but yep, I'm still stuck with it for forever.
    I figure I got dealt this card so I accept it and play it for all it's worth. There's a saying, "I have diabetes. Diabetes doesn't have me." Or something to that effect.
    (One 'occasional' Oreo? Heck, I'd indulge in that!)

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    You could really be type 1 would that make you feel better ?

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