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Lose weight for diabetes treatment which is due to genes
Many people would have been misunderstood about the information whether you should lose weight for diabetes treatment or treat diabetes to lose weight. I also did wrongly understand this and now I want to make it clear in this article.
Lose weight for diabetes treatment
Diabetes is in my genes, but my doctors always advise me to lose weight for a more effective diabetes treatment. My maternal grandmother, Bubbie Ghana, was one of the first to benefit from the discovery of insulin. She lived in Toronto when Dr. Banting discovered this new “wonder drug.” As a child I remember my grandmother giving us the little wooden boxes with the sliding lids, which protected her vials of insulin. She lived to the age of eighty-two.
When my parents were in their forties they both developed type 2 diabetes. So it was not a big surprise when, at the age of thirty nine while in preparation for surgery, I was found to have diabetes. (Back then we didn’t know what prediabetes was.)
My internist put me on oral meds, cautioned me to avoid anything with sugar, and told me to “lose weight for diabetes treatment.” Since I had been battling the bulge all my life, I guess my attitude was “so what’s new?” I was not much good at following his advice. Over the years we moved around the country. With each move I tried to find the best possible health care, either through recommendations from friends who were in health care or through the universities where my husband worked.
Although I was frustrated by being told to “lose weight” without any specific recommendations about how to do it, I was able to keep my diabetes under control with oral medications, exercise, and an awareness of the need to eat a healthy diet. My husband retired in 1983 and we moved back to Los Angeles. I found an endocrinologist recommended by a friend, who was a nurse.
Knowing that diabetes treatment helps you to lose weight
Did this new doctor tell me to lose weight to treat diabetes? Of courseâ€”and once again I lost a little, but once again it was not enough. During one visit he asked if I would like to participate in a study for a drug called metformin, to be conducted by Dr. Anne Pet j Pets. By joining this study I was put in touch with the newest ways to treat diabetes. I benefited personally, not only from the study medication but from the team of health care providers who were available to help me.
They helped me understand that the success or failure of the diabetes treatment did not depend on the seemingly impossible goal of losing weight. They also helped put that goal in perspective with all of the other goals of my care. With a new attitude and a revised approach, I was able to control my diabetes well and even lose weight. I have stayed with this team of health care providers ever since. I am now eighty-three years old.
I live alone, volunteer in my community, and feel great most of the time. I have two suggestions for living a long and healthy life with diabetes. First, read nutrition labels on everything you are thinking of purchasing. When I do this I put back as many items as I buy. Being aware of the calories, sugar, fat, and carbohydrate count has helped me lose weight at long last! Second the e most important thing you can do is to find a health care team who takes care of your diabetes and cares about you as a person. The partnership you form can help you for many years to come.