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What's the best diet for diabetes? Whether you’re trying to prevent or control diabetes, your nutritional needs are virtually the same as everyone else, so no special foods are necessary. But you do need to pay attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates you eat. While following a Mediterranean or other heart-healthy diet can help with this, the most important thing you can do is to lose a little weight. Losing just 5% to 10% of your total weight can help you lower your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Losing weight and eating healthier can also have a profound effect on your mood, energy, and sense of wellbeing. Even if you’ve already developed diabetes, it’s not too late to make a positive change. By eating healthier, being more physically active, and losing weight, you can reduce your symptoms or even reverse diabetes. The bottom line is that you have more control over your health than you may think. The biggest risk for diabetes: belly fat Being overweight or obese is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes. However, your risk is higher if you tend to carry your weight around your abdomen as opposed to your hips and thig Continue reading >>

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  1. wlscand09

    Hi all, I am a type 1 diabetic (for 13 years this year) with an insulin pump and I'm 5 years out of RNY surgery and I've put on some weight (not a ton but you know) and I was wondering if any other diabetics out there have had any issues with keeping weight off some years after having weight loss surgery and if so what did you do to lose it again?
    I'm also wondering if the amount of insulin I'm having to take could be the culprit behind my weight gain....
    Thanks a lot!
    Lance

  2. funkyphillygirl

    Hi Lance:
    I'm also type 1, 15 months out from RNY and getting ready to transition onto a pump. I've been diabetic for 26 years.
    I'm still losing a little, but have the exact concerns you described about possible weight gain from insulin use. I gained about 100 pounds after I went onto insulin 25 years ago, so I have always been worried about regain.
    I've tried to stay fairly low carb since the surgery, as that also keeps my insulin needs down. Don't know if you count carbs, but perhaps doing that will help both your weight and your insulin needs.
    Have you talked with a RD or diabetic educator about your current regime? Maybe it's time to re-evaluate? I have a terrific diabetic educator who does consultations via Skype and phone - Gary at Integrated Diabetes - http://www.integrateddiabetes.com/index.shtml. I've been working with them recently and it's been very helpful. I thought I knew everything about managing my diabetes, but I've gotten some very interesting tips and techniques. Even their website has some good info.
    How much insulin do you use daily? Do you exercise? I find that so tricky on insulin and am hoping the pump makes that easier.

  3. wlscand09

    Hi thanks for responding! I probably use about 50 units a day of the basal rate and another 20 or 30 units of bolus. I love the pump but I'm just worried that it's causing me to retain weight and not get it off. I'll check out the website definitely! And I try to exercise when the weather is nice but here in the south we are having our nasty winter weather (it's been raining for like 2 weeks almost and been cloudy a lot) so whenever I get the chance I go walking.
    The insulin pump does make it easier to keep your blood sugars more stable but I think I use more insulin sometimes on the pump than when I was just doing injections so I don't know. I may eventually get off the pump for a while and just see if there's a difference in my weight.

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