Gaining weight as a diabetic

  • mtneerman

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    Jul 18, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    Last year I was diagnosed with diabetes. i went from 220lbs of pretty solid muscle to 160 within a year. i am now on insulin and have gained 30lbs back, but i'm wanting to get the other 30. it took a lot of work and a LOT of eating to get there the last time, but the foods i ate (pasta, potatoes, breads...) now sent my blood sugar levels thru the roof. any suggestions on how i can get the carbs and calories i need without raising my sugar levels so drastically?
  • UncleverName

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    Jul 19, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    Do you happen to know what caused your diabetes? I know that you can get Type II diabetes from consuming sugar in too many large doses.
  • HereNBoston

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    Jul 21, 2008 8:58 PM GMT
    look up the glycemic index and stick with foods that have lower values. those are the whole grains, veggies, and certain fruits. stay away from really processed carbs like white bread, regular pasta (as in not whole grain), and that sorta thing.

    you'll gain weight slower, but you'll be gaining the right kind of lean mass I assume you're after.

    might want to see a dietician, and keep track of your A1c through your doctor's office to see if you've gotten better control of your blood sugars.
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    Aug 01, 2008 3:58 AM GMT
    The best thing is to concentrate on controling your sugar level and by that protecting your kidneys. If your kidneys start to fail due to uncontroled suger your muscle mass will decline below average. Try lentus and egg white in healthy amount and check your kidneys closely.
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    Aug 01, 2008 6:20 AM GMT
    There are cookbooks out there for diabetic persons. You could try that out maybe? Good luck with everything. Stay well!