Weight Loss

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ChloeTate1993 DAFNE Graduate
Northumbria Healthcare Trust
3 posts

Hi All,

I completed DAFNE July 2016 and have managed to get my HbA1c from 97 to 76. Unfortunately as a side effect from this i have gained almost a stone !

I wont lie i definitely used my higher hbA1c to my advantage to keep my weight at bay particularly as i managed to lose a stone and a half back in 2015 (more from not eating and high bloods Sad-bad i know)

The weight gain is really affecting me as i am a keen exerciser which is where my problem lies! As i work 8:30am to 5pm most weeks and have lunch at 1pm i have to do what is known as 'unplanned exercise'. Due to this i am having to snack at 4pm ish at least 3cps(usually 1 or 2 bananas) as i drop by approx 10mmols during exercise so have to go with a reading of about 16Sad.

I could lower my lunchtime QA or take none instead of eating CPs however i will then be sitting for 4-5 hours on a high blood reading - and if i exercise more i will have to eat more cps so that also wont help lose weightSad

Any advice would be grateful. Any dietary advice also that people have found works?

Thanks in advance

Warwick DAFNE Graduate
Diabetes Australia-Vic, Melbourne, Victoria
479 posts

When are you exercising? At 5 pm?

ChloeTate1993 DAFNE Graduate
Northumbria Healthcare Trust
3 posts

Between 5pm and 6pm usually as I don't finish work until 5pm.

Warwick DAFNE Graduate
Diabetes Australia-Vic, Melbourne, Victoria
479 posts

Bleck. I cycle home around that time and I usually need to have some carbs first, usually a glass of milk, to avoid going low on the trip home. For some reason my QA from lunch seems to still have potency to send me low then.

What basal are you on, and do you inject once per day or twice a day?

ChloeTate1993 DAFNE Graduate
Northumbria Healthcare Trust
3 posts

Yeah mine too, and apparently I must be "sensitive to exercise" because of the amount that I drop in just half an hour's exercise 😣. I'm on levemir twice daily then novorapid when eating.

Warwick DAFNE Graduate
Diabetes Australia-Vic, Melbourne, Victoria
479 posts

My ideas are to either:

1) Reduce your Levemir dosage by 10% or so the night before and morning before the exercise.

or

2) Change your exercise to the morning before breakfast so that QA isn't a factor, and most of your basal insulin is gone.

or

3) Make lunch as low-carb as possible so you only need very small amounts of QA.

Hope that helps.