From Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA:
I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about three months ago. I've had a concern with my weight for years and have been trying to lose about 15 pounds. In fact, when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was on the Atkins diet. Now that I have regulated my sugars, I have put on more weight. I want to lose it, but nothing is working. What can I do to lose this weight and feel better about myself?
I would suggest you start with the dietitian on your diabetes team. Weight gain is a common problem for many people with or without diabetes. Some of the reasons for weight gain include: a history of dieting, lack of adequate exercise, and lack of monitoring exactly what is being eaten on a daily basis. Many foods, high in fat, low in fiber, have crept in to the American diet, and they are taking their toll. Exercise is a big key to weight loss and maintenance. It is recommended people exercise a minimum of three days a week for 30 minutes (working up a sweat). I can be very helpful to write down everything you eat on a daily basis in order to help you recognize any problem areas and to get a better idea of why a few pounds may be creeping on. A visit with you doctor may also be helpful in order to rule out an physical reason for weight gain. Good luck.
Original posting 25 Jul 2000
Posted to Weight and Weight Loss
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