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Evolution Not Revolution: Adapting To Diabetes (my Vegan Diabetic Diet)

If 12 years ago someone had given me a crystal ball and shown me a glimpse of my future, I don’t think the biggest surprise would be that I have type 1 diabetes, or that I eat a vegan, gluten-free diet. The biggest surprise, I think, would be how much happier and healthier I am now, despite the challenges I have encountered. Adaptation is a process, not an event I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 years ago, a few weeks before my 25th birthday. I was in the middle of graduate school and had felt unwell the entire school year. For a week before I was diagnosed, I was so dehydrated that I could barely speak without drinking. I was exhausted and desperately thirsty. I finally took myself to the Toronto General Hospital (the place where Banting and Best first injected patients with insulin). There I received my type 1 diabetes diagnosis and my first insulin in an I.V drip. And thus began the long process of adapting to my diabetes. Initially, I focused on being “the perfect diabetic.” After about 6 months of carbohydrate counting, writing down all of my blood sugar levels, and battling the physical symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, I felt decades older than my peers Continue reading >>

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  1. doirinne

    How long does it take METFORMIN to help me lose weight?

    I have been diagnosed with insulin resistance Nov 2011. Taking METFORMIN, HCL ER 2000mg (since 11/4/11 worked my way up to full dose). Been on full dose for 2.5 weeks now. No weight loss. I am keeping total daily carbs under 45grams per day. Total calories < 1400. PROTEIN = 60-80GRAMS PER DAY. Diet controlled w/dietician every 6 weeks. I work out 5x per week, 45 mins each time = 50/50 cardio/strength training. Drink 8 glasses of water per day. I am very frustrated. How long does full dose of MET 2000mg take to lose any weight? My endo says he feels I can lose 10 lbs by the follow up appt 2/3/12. I haven't lose one ounce yet. PLEASE HELP. DEE
    Added 15 Dec 2011:
    ps I just read somewhere that I should be taking my metformin with full glass of water. I have not been doing that. Just enough water to get the pills down. Also once or twice a week I will have a glass of sugar free lemonade w/ 1.5 oz of flavored vodka (zero sugar, BUT 6-8 total carbs). Could this interfere w/metformins' effect to help the insulin resistance??????
    Added 15 Dec 2011:
    pps the carbs I consume are 99% from vegetables, either green leafy or steamed/frozen

  2. Delila

    Hi, as you probably know, metformin aids weight loss by reducing your natural instinct of hunger, so you eat less. So it is really down to you to loose the weight by eating healthily which it sounds that you are. To be honest i would have expected you to have lost some weight already... there are foods which can hinder you weight loss, such as foods that increase your blood sugar levels, so you need to be aware of these. I am going to add a link to a website that lists the things you should/should not be doing whilst taking the metformin, including dietary suggestions. I hope you see some results soon.

  3. MO mouawim

    Hi, i am healthy and completely well-balanced with no health problem. i take contraceptive pills. would like to loose around 5KG. Can i take glucofage to help me in the process? thank you

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