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Treating Diabetes With Diet And Exercise

Recently, I was reading some of the readers’ postings on this Web site. Some of these postings expressed fairly strong opinions about how one should best manage his or her diabetes. Of course, one of the many good things about living in the United States is our right to freedom of speech, and postings such as these certainly get people thinking. However, it’s all too common for misconceptions about diabetes to abound. Whether it’s the belief that eating sugar causes diabetes, or that starting on insulin can make you go blind, or that having to start taking diabetes pills or insulin means that you’re a “bad diabetic,” as a dietitian and diabetes educator, I feel compelled to set the record straight whenever I can. So, what’s the best way to control diabetes? When it comes to Type 1 diabetes, which accounts for 5% to 10% of all diabetes cases, that’s a no-brainer. A person with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin to survive. His pancreas has—to put it simply—”pooped out,” meaning that it no longer makes enough insulin. Of course, a person with Type 1 diabetes has choices as to how he takes insulin. The choices nowadays range from the traditional vial and syringe Continue reading >>

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  1. BeantownMatt

    Metformin and weight loss

    newbie question here...
    Recently diagnosed but not on any meds yet. The doc has mentioned first step will be Metformin. I see a few posts of people losing weight. My curious brain would like to hear success stories of people losing weight from it?
    Also, need to read more about this but does Any one have an idea of what the drug does to help lose weight? Is it the controlling of BG that helps you lose? Does it have other affects like speed up your metabolism ( just an example)?
    Matt

  2. jwags

    Metformin works in the liver and the gut. In the liver it helps stop the liver from converting stored glycogen and turning it into glucose. It also works in the gut, so you tend to feel full sooner. I have to eat very small meals on Metformin. It also causes GI distress in some people. So I think the weight loss comes from eating smaller meals. I lost around 40 pounds over 3-4 years on the max of Metformin. I also was doing very low carb diet and doing tons of exercise. I got back to my HS weight of 110-115.

  3. furball64801

    Met helps many lose weight but also many lower carb intake and walk. It really has not made me lose weight but we are all very different. What Jeanne said covers it pretty well, also when people go on a med and know they are D will make changes and those changes with walking or exercise can cause the weight loss.

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