Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
June 12, 2003
Weight and Weight Loss
Question from Abingdon, Maryland, USA:
I have had type 2 diabetes for about 10 years, and after diet, exercise and oral medication didn't control my blood sugars any longer, I was started on insulin and metformin about two years ago. Since I started insulin, I have put on an extra 15 pounds. I am 5 feet 6 inches tall, weigh 170 pounds, and I eat approximately 1500 calories per day. I exercise between 30 and 45 minutes per day (power walking) plus light weight training twice a week. I take Lantus in the morning and at bedtime, along with Humalog according to carb counting at meals. My last hemoglobin A1c was 7.2 %. My fasting sugars always run 140-200 mg/dl [7.8-11.1 mmol/L] but are good during the day. I am very unhappy with my weight, I don't know what else to do, and I would be thankful for your advice.
I am sorry you are having so much trouble controlling your diabetes. I am also surprised that your fasting blood sugar remains so high despite taking Lantus twice per day.
I highly recommend you see a Certified Diabetes Educator to review your meal planning and help you to follow a plan that combines both carbohydrate counting and weight loss principles.