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i have diabetes type 1 and am trying to loose a few extra pounds. i'm not exactly sure how to do this since i have to eat carbs, i suppose i could talk to my doctor and lower my dose to eat less carbs, but is there an easier way? thanks
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Think too about changing the TYPE of carbs that you eat--try to avoid the "empty" carbs, or those with a particularly high glycemic index, like white bread, potatoes,  regular pastas, white rice, etc.

Try to include plenty of whole grains such as 100% whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, rolled oats, etc.  Do a search for "glycemic index" and you'll get an idea of what to include in your diet, and what to avoid.

And start walking!  As mentioned previously, this is something low impact activity that almost everyone can do or build slowly up to, and will have a wonderful effect on your fitness level and weight.
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You're 100% right when you said "I could talk to my doc" cuz that's the safest, surest, and -- in the long run -- easiest approach.  We do need carbos, we do need fats, we do need proteins, and we do need fiber/roughage.  Most of us who need to shed some pounds have managed to create a lifestyle where we take on more calories than we burn.

With your doc, you can brainstorm on an overall fitness plan.  Starting slowly, of course, perhaps an extra walk or two around the block if you've been sedentary for a while.  Or perhaps something more active if you're ready.  The key is always for us to balance our insulin and activity and food.  And as we become more active, our metabolism tends to speed up, too -- making it easier to burn more calories.

The kicker is to avoid the yo-yo of ups 'n' downs.  That yo-yo'ing actually makes each successive attempt at weight loss more difficult, cuz our bodies hoard the fat/weight to protect against another "famine."  

Exercise is the weakest link in my overall DM management, so it helps me, too, to encourage you to increase your activity level.  We're not physicians here, so our advice is coming only from personal experience and reading.  If you like what you'll read here, chat with your doc about whether/how it could apply to your specifics.
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There is never an easy way to lose weight in my experience. Dieting and losing weight is not easy for anyone, but I do understand the particular challenges for diabetics.  After going through a few lows, you often just feel like giving up.  The one nice thing about diabetes is that it provides you with the basics for a healthy balanced diet, so we already know what we should eat.  Of course, the key to losing weight is eating less and exercising more, both of which can affect your insulin requirements.  I would encourage you to talk with your doctor about learning how to calculate your insulin dosage based on your food intake.  Although it may take a little adjusting to get the right dosage, it may be easier than you think.

Depending on the kind of insulin you take, you may be able to adjust your dose with some real precision. I am on the pump and that is one of the nice things about the pump.  Because the pump only uses short acting insulin, I am able to bolus my mealtime dosage to match my food intake.  

I also think the best way to lose weight is slowly. Sometimes a change in eating habits is in order even for us diabetics who are always on diets.  As you discuss ways to adjust your insulin with your doctor, it may also be a good time to make an appointment with the dietician and figure out a new diet that you can live with for a long time beyond the diet.

The bottom line is that it is not easy.  Get some support and find a plan you can live with.  Good Luck!  This a struggle that many of us face.

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