Im 66 and I stopped smoking on OCt 1st 2010 after 48 yrs. of smoking. Im type 2 diabetic and I also have a bad case of Edema and I have COPD. Please help me!!!
If you have edema you are retaining water and just getting rid of that edema will help you lose quite a bit of weight depending how much water is being retained. first of all be absolutely vigilant with your salt intake. read labels and watch for hidden sources of salt. You would be surprised at how much sodium is in some cereals and some beverages! Watch frozen and canned foods, of course, as they have high sodium content for the most part. Look for low sodium varieties. Increase your fluid intake unless your Dr has told you to limit fluids. Even though you are retaining water, making sure you are drinking plenty of water will help flush the retained fluid out of the body. Increase your fiber intake. Eat whole grains and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Avoid the starchy veggies and limit bread intake. When you eat bread, choose whole grain types. Fruits will raise your sugar a bit but if you watch the starches it will even out. see if you can visit a registered dietician for diabetic teaching or look into a class locally. this will help you understand diabetes better and help you make good food choices. Check into the website American Diabetic Association. They have excellent weight loss ideas, recipes for diabetics and you can buy cookbooks and resources there too. great site for diabetics. Portion control, staying hydrated, and if you can add just a bit of exercise in will help. Start with baby steps and small changes. As you begin to see results it gets easier to make and maintain those changes. I also have a friend who swears by the Weight Watchers points program. It might be worth loking into. My friend says you get plenty to eat and you are denied nothing. Everything is broken down into points. I imagine it would work fine for diabetics too.
DzooBaby has a lot of good ideas. I am not diabetic, but my husband is. We both quite smoking 6 or 7 years ago. I gained about 20 pounds that no matter what I do I cannot lose that weight. He on the other hand has not gained weight, but he still used gum or lozenges for nicotine. In my opinion he hasn't quite is just substituting. Anyway, back to your problem; when my hubby was first diagnosed with diabetes, we were both counseled (since I did the cooking) by a diatien(sp) at our local hospital. Our insurance paid for it too. They gave us a 1200 calorie diet for a diabetic to lose weight. It worked so well we both lost 10 pounds in one week! I was really skinny back then (1994) & didn't need to lose the weight,but was being supportive & not eating the things he couldn't have. He went from 250 to 170 on that diet. I'm sure if you called the dietien at your local hospital, they could give you a similar plan. When you quite smoking your metabolism does slow down so it may take a little longer, but please don't start smoking again. The advantages so out weigh the disadvantages, & COPD is not a fun disease. I had a neighbor who died not long ago who had it so bad he was carting around an oxigen tank, but was still smoking. Actually so much, he was lighting one to the other! We were both 2 pack a day smokers & I quit useing the patch. I only needed it for a week. Now I can't stand even being around anyone that smokes. Makes me sick to my stomach! II know hard it is to exercise, but that is important too. Just walking will help. Let us know how you are doing, & I wish you all the luck in the world!
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