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Type 2 Diabetes Diet Soda Warning

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Health Experts Warn Against Drinking Diet Soda

Trying to cut down on calories, many consumers turn to diet soda to watch their weight. But some health experts are warning that diet soda has its pitfalls. At Signature Medical Group, our nutritionists and dietitians will offer you the best advice on healthy food and drink. Our nutritionists have a verified background in nutrition research and training, and can advise you on how nutrition impacts your health. A nutrition coach will help you make lifestyle choices. A nutritionist or registered dietitian will educate you about nutrition, weight loss, weight management, the advantages of cooking more of your meals at home and gastrointestinal issues. We will help you to develop a healthy mind so that you can have a healthy body. Diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you’d find in a sugary drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners. But there are many problems associated with diet soda, health experts say: Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit. It can lead to weight gain, not weight Continue reading >>

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  1. rubyfruit

    We have a cat that was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago. The vet prescribed insulin (1/2 m) twice a day. It seemed to help for a while but then he started to lose weight again. The vet had said we could up it slightly if he started having problems. He's unable to gain any weight and he eats ALL the time. We have dry food out all the time. He will also troll around us when we're eating and even get up on the stove or in the sink if he thinks there is something in there to eat. He will even eat the dogs food if she doesn't eat it all. He does this because he is starving to death. He is hideously skinny. If I had to guess how much he weighs, I would guess 6 pounds at the most.
    I've been giving him wet food every day (while keeping our other cat away since he actually is a little heavy and doesn't need extra calories) and I will also give him people food when it's something that won't mess his stomach up (chicken with no skin for instance).
    I don't know what to do. Do I need to start giving him chicken every day? The vet just keeps bumping up his insulin (he's up to 4m at a time which seems excessive to me) and he just keeps getting skinnier.
    If anyone has any suggestions on how I can regulate his diabetes and get him to gain weight I would appreciate it.

  2. Vicky & Gandalf (GA) & Murrlin

    rubyfruit said:
    We have a cat that was diagnosed with diabetes about 6 months ago. The vet prescribed insulin (1/2 m) twice a day. It seemed to help for a while but then he started to lose weight again. The vet had said we could up it slightly if he started having problems. He's unable to gain any weight and he eats ALL the time. We have dry food out all the time. He will also troll around us when we're eating and even get up on the stove or in the sink if he thinks there is something in there to eat. He will even eat the dogs food if she doesn't eat it all. He does this because he is starving to death. He is hideously skinny. If I had to guess how much he weighs, I would guess 6 pounds at the most.
    I've been giving him wet food every day (while keeping our other cat away since he actually is a little heavy and doesn't need extra calories) and I will also give him people food when it's something that won't mess his stomach up (chicken with no skin for instance).
    I don't know what to do. Do I need to start giving him chicken every day? The vet just keeps bumping up his insulin (he's up to 4m at a time which seems excessive to me) and he just keeps getting skinnier.
    If anyone has any suggestions on how I can regulate his diabetes and get him to gain weight I would appreciate it.
    Click to expand... Absolutely! If you could answer a couple questions for us first, so we can help better, that would be great.
    First, what type of insulin is your kitty getting?
    Second, what type of food is he being given?
    I'm sure there will be more members answering shortly, with great suggestions, so I will relate the similar story of my feline diabetic, Gandalf. During the first 3 months after his diabetes diagnosis I watched as he continually declined, rather than getting better, even after raising his insulin dose from 3U to 6U. He lost 5 lbs during that time, and boy was he hungry! I bought a timed feeder and he would push it across the floor, turn it over, you name it, to try to get at the food before it opened the next meal.
    So when I joined FDMB back in 2005 I quickly learned that diabetic cats do best on a low carb diet and that the symptoms I saw, weight loss, excessive urination and hunger were probably due to TOO MUCH insulin rather than too little.
    It seems counter-intuitive that less is more, but in the case of insulin, it usually is. Once I lowered Gandalf's insulin dose and changed over to low carb wet food, such as certain varieties of Fancy Feast, grain free varieties of Wellness or even certain varieties of 9Lives, he got better and gained some of his weight back. He has been diabetic for 6 1/2 years now, so there is hope for your kitty!

  3. rubyfruit

    He is on humulin. The wet food I've been giving him is Fancy Feast. I am not sure which cat food they are on right now because I don't buy it (and it goes in a bin so I never see the bag). I do know it's weight management because the other cat is overweight. And of course that seems counter intuitive for the cat I'm trying to get to gain weight but it would be hard to separate the 2.
    We need to take him to the vet and I've been thinking about getting a home health kit just so I can monitor him more closely.

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