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(deactivated member)
on 7/12/18 5:05 am
Topic: RE: Taking a stand against Diabetes

Maintaining and monitoring the BG is vital. Having a good anti-diabetic foods and practicing regular exercise play a vital role. We should know all about blood sugar levels - the ranges which help to identify the risks.

JustMe1960
on 6/24/18 6:32 pm - Cleveland, OH
Topic: RE: Why is it so hard losing weight being a diabetic?!

I hear ya; I'm in the same boat. I've managed to bring down my H1AC to 7.1, only to have it shoot up again to 9.0 six months later. And that's with a change in diet and exercise everyday (at least 40 minutes of walking). My insurance company (Medical Mutual) is all for me having bariatric surgery, which makes me think that it would be a big benefit for my health. Insurance companies normally don't like parting with their cash, you know? But I'm still so torn about it all. The surgery seems so drastic, and the lifestyle change so enormous that I'm not sure if I can do it. Plus, all the potential complications. I don't know, it's just hard right now to figure this all out. Are you thinking about having the surgery?

MichelleS61
on 6/5/18 6:37 am - Lindsay, Canada
RNY on 02/26/18
Topic: RE: Type Two and Complications

I'm a type 2 and am still taking insulin 3 months out I'm down to 8-10 units with meals and 10 units Long acting at night plus metformin, I've had diabetes for 15 years. My A1C at one month post op was down to 6.0 and will be getting tested again, I'd reached the point where I was up to 40 units with meals and 50 units at night, so it's a big improvement, research shows that if you are 10+ year after diagnosis remission is less likely, but I'm still hoping.

Although my A1C's were pretty good usually around 6.5 to 7.0 the increasing amounts of insulin to keep it there were one of my major catalysts for having WLS. I know I'm getting healthier as my weight goes down, but know now I might still have to take all my meds.

57 - 6'0" - HW:288 SW:260 CW:199

TWH: Referral Aug. '16, Orientation - Nov. 30 '16, Surgeon Oct. 6 '17, Start Optifast Feb. 5'18 - Surgery Feb. 26'18

Opti -25; M1 -23; M2 -17; M3 -7; M4 -5; M5 -5; M6-?

Melsbells
on 6/4/18 5:34 pm - TX
Topic: RE: Type Two and Complications

Just seeing this. I had VSG surgery on 3-14-18. In the hospital I had to have a couple shots of insulin and about 5 days after I went home I had a small shot of maybe 5 units. Since then i have had ZERO shots, no metformin. I took an at home a1c test and it was 5.4 which is in the normal range. It hasn't been easy but the whole process has been a very positive experience.

I had been taking 5 shots a day for over 7 years. It is a weird thing to me still...not taking the shots. I am so thankful though and I know i'm also very lucky!

Surgery: VSG on 3-14-2018

HW:336 SW:325.4 CW:265

Melody

Sunshine16
on 4/25/18 2:20 pm
Topic: RE: Why is it so hard losing weight being a diabetic?!

Hey lady, sorry for the lack of response. But what decision did you make? I have PCOS, with diabetics side effects that sometimes turn into full blown. It sucks, question is your cycle heavy or rough?

SW / CW / GW 292 / 188 / 174 - Height 5'7, Size 10

Tatblessed
on 4/4/18 10:22 am
VSG on 01/25/18
Topic: RE: What was your a1c before WLS?

My A1c was 14 yes it was really high but they still allowed me to have the surgery and I almost lost my life because of it a week after surgery I went into DKA

Tatblessed
on 4/4/18 10:15 am
VSG on 01/25/18
Topic: RE: Type Two and Complications

Hello I'm 4 months post op and I still have diabetes my sugars are well controlled though I'm hoping soon I'll be free of it may I ask if you still have diabetes? And how long it took you to not have it?

LauraMarie595
on 3/31/18 7:41 pm
Topic: RE: What was your a1c before WLS?

Hello everyone,

This is my first post also. I will not be getting my surgery until this fall, because I have an insurance-mandated wait period. I have not met my surgeon yet, but twice I have been told that the team would 'like to see' my A1C below 9.0 before my surgery. My last A1C was 10.2, down from previous readings. I am on 130U of Lantus in the morning, and titrated doses of Humalog (usually 15-40 units). Despite this, I am struggling to get down to 9.

Laura

With the OHSU Bariatrics team in Portland, OR.

Melsbells
on 2/24/18 6:36 pm - TX
Topic: RE: Why is it so hard losing weight being a diabetic?!

I don't know what medications you take but a lot of them cause us to retain or gain weight. I am on five shots a day of insulin and it definitely makes the weight hard to lose along with metformin. I also take some other meds that can do that too. I am Bi-Polar as well as a type 2 diabetic. I have borderline to high blood pressure.

I so feel where you are coming from! I have tried over and over to lose weight and it just sits at the same or fluctuates 10 pounds up or down. It is so frustrating. Maddening even. It feels like we are hitting our heads against a brick wall!

My best advice is to never give up! I've also been reading a lot....A WHOLE LOT! Don't be afraid to ask questions here and the General discussion forum. Everyone here is very helpful!

Surgery: VSG on 3-14-2018

HW:336 SW:325.4 CW:265

Melody

Lovechild76
on 2/21/18 8:24 pm
Topic: Why is it so hard losing weight being a diabetic?!

I've been a diabetic now for six years now, also along with other health issues, such as high blood pressure, and high cholestorol. i try my hardest to lose weight to be more healthy, and eventually get off my medications, but for some reason it's just so hard for me to lose weight and i don't understand why. i excercise, i've change how i eat, so now i just don't know. i had a doctor's appointment today, and now she's recommending that i have the bariatric surgery, before my health get any worse. any suggestions out there that may help?

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