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    Weight Loss...can you reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

    The Health Section's appeared while I've been having a bit of a break from RnS, but I thought I'd post here about my journey since January with my weight and diabetes.

    I've been overweight for most of my life, and I've been Type 2 Diabetic - officially diagnosed - since 2006, but I reckon I've had it for a lot longer than that. **** diet, sedentary lifestyle with a desk job, and massive weight issues have all contributed to it.

    My weight peaked at around 22 stone when I was 28, in 1998. I then sorted myself out, dieted, went to the gym, and lost 6 stone.

    That didn't last though...I put half or more of that back on over the next couple of years, then found out I was diabetic in '06.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I treat my medication as a get out of jail free card - didn't worry about my diet, just ate what I wanted, hoped for the best.

    That changed earlier on this year though. I was getting stressed at work, not eating properly, and managed to lose half a stone without trying too much. Then I saw the Channel 4 documentaries about reversing Type 2 at the same time as my wife was trying the Cambridge Diet plan, so thought I'd give it a go.

    So far, so good. I've now lost just over 2 stone, taking me down to 14st 10lb - the lowest I've been since I was a schoolkid. My last diabetic clinic, my sugar had dropped, cholesterol had dropped, and everything else was good. And more to the point, I'm not craving food all the time like I was before I started on the plan.

    Thought I might do a bit of a weekly update thing - I hope to lose around 3-4lb a week until I get to target of 13st. Let me know if I start to get boring about it lol.

    Anth

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    Top effort Anth, trying to get into the 14s myself, but the weekend beer - and lack of willpower! - is the killer. BP and cholesterol all good. Currently 15st 5, down from 15st 9, it's a long road!

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    Nice one! I don't have the beer issue as I very rarely drink these days (drank my lifetime quota in my 20s and 30s lol)

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    me too mate but I didn't stop...lol

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    Anth - Just the other day I read about the MP Tom Watson doing something similar.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45495384

    Good luck, Paul.

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    Hi Guys. Diagnosed like you around 2006. Tried to stick to the NHS healthy eating plate. Short term success but it stalled. Doc referred to Dietician who said stick to following the guidelines set out on the NHS healthy eating plate but more portion control, Modest success then stalled again. Did research and found that the NHS healthy plate wasnt doing me any good as My Blood sugars rose each time I ate anything carbohydrate. Bought extra test strips to test the effects of cutting carbs and found Lower carbs equalled better Blood sugar control. Came across an ethical American doc (Dr Mercola.com )who challenges mainstream medicine practices. I signed up for his free newsletter and found out about the Low Carb High healthy fat life style (Ketogenic, which is similar to the Cambridge). Bingo weight comes off Blood sugars coming down. He challenges the theory about high chloresterol and quotes many researches done by emminent scientists and heart specialists. He also speaks about Intermittent fasting and High Intensity Interval training exercise HIT. Where you only do high intensity exercise for short periods (15mins.)

    What meds do you take


    Keep healthy ... Jon
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    Good man.
    I was diagnosed type 2 early this year.
    Am taking Metformin.
    But I find dieting leaves me hungry and I eat ****e then and it ends up worse than before.
    Will look into that Cambridge one.

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    It's worth a look Alan, deffo working for me. Shaved my goatee off today and found that there was one less chin lurking underneath it lol.

    Was on Metformin, Glimiperade and statins Jon, got that down to Metformin now trying without that while I stick to the plan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickrack-Alan View Post
    Good man.
    I was diagnosed type 2 early this year.
    Am taking Metformin.
    But I find dieting leaves me hungry and I eat ****e then and it ends up worse than before.
    Will look into that Cambridge one.
    Where diabetes is concerned 'dieting' is the wrong approach. You have to make a lifestyle change. Do you have a Blood sugar test kit?. Eating the right foods that don't spike your sugar levels invariably mean you can eat these until you are full. Because of this you are less likely to feel hungry. Snack on unsalted Nuts not peanuts though. My choices are cashew, brazil. Stay away from Granola the Carb content is massive for what is put ut there as healthy aim to keep your carb intake for the day to below 50gm or lower. Considering 1 slice of bread is on average 17gms its a challenge if bread is your craving. Who buys the food in your house? if it's you do your reasearch of what spike by testing before and 2hours after eating a food type. That way you'll see which ones spike your sugar levels. Read ALL the ingredient lists. I eat to my meter. Remember the faster certain foods raise your sugar levels the faster they'll come crashing down making you feel hungry again.


    I don't knowingly have any sugar or sweetners in my foods because even though sweetners have no calorific value they still feed the cravings and in fact stop the brain sending messages to stop eating so you end up eating more.

    Hope this helps ... Jon
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