OT PCOS Insulin Resistance Diabetes Anyone

14 Replies
mcatherine - January 30

I was diagnosed with pcos a few years ago. Weight was never a struggle because I spent 1-2 hours in the gym everyday and always avoid carbs to the best of my ability. After having this baby (that I was told I may never have...yay for my family!!!) I haven't been able to lose the weight even though I am back in the gym 1-2 hours/6 days a week. I have been back and forth with a few doctors and this morning after my 4th fasting blood glucose test with a level over 125- they have decided that I have passed pcos and may have diabetes. There is a chance that the tests I will be taking over the remainder of the week (glucose tolerance) may find that I am only insulin resistant/pre-diabetic. Is anyone here diabetic or insulin resistant/pre-diabetic? Does it really affect your life that much? And more importantly - can you lose the weight? It's killing me. I hate to look in the mirror. I don't really care about the sweets, but I do miss my favorite jeans. Anyone? I've had a horrible, horrible night thinking about whats to come... Thanks.

 

sahmof3 - January 30

I've been thinking about this, too. The few people that I know with diabetes have to follow strict diets, but their bodies still don't seem to want to lose weight, so I really need to lose mine now before I get it full b__wn and it becomes even harder!!! I also had PCOS (many cysts) and have other risk factors for diabetes... overweight, family history and a baby over 9 lbs. (and one over 10 lbs. to boot!). I think I am able to lose weight, just haven't been motivated lately, but when I've started eating healthier in the past the weight did come off, so for me at least, I believe it's possible... now if I could just get motivated again...

 

Kara H. - January 31

My hubby was diagnosed with insulin resistance. His sugar levels were fine but the insulin was elevated. I was really surprised by how many carbs he actually can have. It's more about balancing your food thru-out the day. Yesterday's menu for Chris (which he will obviously need more calories than you since he is a husky guy) would consist of a bowl of hi-fiber cereal, a piece of fruit and a gla__s of sugar free carnation instant breakfast and a cup of coffee for the road. He would have a Luna Protein Bar for a mid morning snack. For lunch he would have a low carb wrap with turkey, romaine lettuce, poblano chedder cheese and low fat southwest ranch spread on it, an apple, baby carrots, a 100 calorie bag of popcorn, two sugar free cookies and a diet pop, for dinner he would have blackened chicken, whole wheat pasta with spicy marinara, a chef salad with eggs, ham, turkey, etc.. and two crispy pieces of whole wheat low carb garlic toast. In the eveing he had a cup of no sugar added hot cocoa, and a couple more cookies. The trick is to make sure you get enough protein. Also, the glucophage will take the weight off. Chris lost 7 lbs the first week, but it does give you diarrhea as your body adjust the first few days. Chris has lost about 2lbs a week since and he started this the week before Christmas. We have had a couple of social sitations where alcoholic drinks were served and Chris would get diet coke and rum or a gla__s of red wine. Really the only thing that has changed, is that you have to think ahead. If you want a sandwich at lunch on a big kaiser roll thats fine, you will just need to give up a bread/starch at dinner, so you pa__s on the garlic bread or whatever. Also we make sure we do keep sugar free treats in the house. We found he was less likely to fall off the wagon if he could tame his sweet tooth every day.

 

Mingill - January 31

You can lose the weight, my mother was diagnosed pre-diabetic when she was 18, she had ovarian cysts and full b__wn diabetes by her 30's and has been on insulin since her late 30's. She has lost weight since, she follows a strict diet and exercises everyday, but it can be done. The trick is to maintain it once you have lost it. Good luck mary catherine, I'm sure with the help of your docs, a good dietician and the gym you can fit into your fav jeans again. I'll be thinking of you.

 

mcatherine - January 31

Thanks ladies. I had the first tolerance test this morning. Two more to go. I guess all we can do now is wait and see, really - which is the hardest part, I guess!

 

Gena - January 31

mcatherine, i also take glucophage and was seeing a dietician and excercising before getting pregnant. I only went to the dietician about 3 times but I thought it really helped. this time last year I weight 45 lbs more than I do now. I just had a baby 3 weeks ago. I think the glucophage really works and watching what you eat. Good luck to you! I hope youfind what works for you.

 

sahmof3 - January 31

Does anyone know if you can take glucophage when NOT ttc? I was on it when I was having trouble getting pregnant and I dropped 20 lbs. in a few weeks!! I actually felt full after a good meal, instead of constantly hungry (which, unfortunately, is my norm).

 

LisaB - January 31

I know nothing about any of this but have you had your thyriod check also? I know that can mimick diabetes and cause you keep the weight on- again forgive my ignorance they where ckecking my mom for thyriod and diabetes at the same time and for her it turned out to be thyriod.

 

LisaB - January 31

thyroid- sorry for the typos...

 

Kara H. - January 31

If your fasting glucose OR insulin is elevated, the glucophage is appropriate. Call your family doc and asked to have it checked. Mine likes to do a full fasting panel on both of us every two years or so. I found out that my thryoid is screwy when I had mine blood work done 2 wks ago, so it is a good idea to have it done anyways.

 

mcatherine - January 31

They talked yesterday and this morning about putting me on Metformin - I believe it is the same thing as Glucophage. It's a diabetes medication (but is commonly used for women with pcos that are ttc). Metformin can also be used on people that are prediabetic and insulin resistant. They also took blood this morning to run a full female hormone screening on me as well - which will include thyroid levels. The doctor made me feel a little better by saying that if it were to be any of the situations - that all of them would prevent me from losing weight until they are under control (and then he told me to stop crying, lol). My husband is being so supportive, but I can tell he's nervous and frustrated because I'm so worried. Gena - were you taking Glucophage because you were ttc or was it due to other reasons?

 

sahmof3 - January 31

Yeah, Metformin is the same. That's what I was on. I guess I need to get to my doctor and get things checked out!!

 

mcatherine - January 31

sahmof3 - it certainly sounds like this drug covers all my symptoms and would help me out a lot. I'm frustrated that they are going to make me wait another week or so until they decide...argh! (I guess the hormone panel take a couple of weeks to come back).

 

Gena - January 31

mcatherine, yes I was ttc for about 15-17 months andthey finally tested everything and found out I was PCOS and insulin resistant. I had got up to my highest weight and was doing nothing differently. So I was on glucophage for 1.5 months before finding out I was pregnant. I was on it through the whole pregnancy and I'm still on it. Good luck again

 

mcatherine - January 31

Thanks, Gena. Congratulations, btw!

 

ADD A COMMENT:


You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!


Already a member?
Please login below.





Forgot your password?
Need Help?