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1/3/14 8:00 A

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You're so right in your explanation about how that surgery works to help CONTROL diabetes for some people.

You are also right to be very mindful that it takes work on your part to get to where you want to be health wise/weight wise. The surgery is a tool, and if you don't use it properly, things will go "south".

So, kudos to you for using your tool, and continuing to develop that healthy lifestyle habit. THAT is going to pay off in the long run.

And for sure we have to bear in mind that type 2 is basically a carbohydrate intolerance. So that means we can't go back to eating the simple carbs (whites -- white sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, processed foods) in favor of those healthier complex carbs (brown rice, sweet potatoes, whole foods, beans, legumes (in moderation), nuts, seeds)

It's really all about thinking of food as medicine for our bodies . . . it really is! If we don't give it the right fuel, the right medicine, it will get sick.

HUGS and wishing you much continued success. Sorry for the epistle!

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1/3/14 12:52 A

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Congratulations on your success!!! emoticon

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1/3/14 12:09 A

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I think in general for this surgery they say you will lose on average 75% of your EXCESS weight. Which means if you're 100 pounds overweight, you'll lose 75% of that not of your total body weight. At this point I've almost reached the percentage so I'm considered a "successful" surgery. Anything beyond is just gravy. Personally I want to lose 40 more, it's just going to take more work, the surgery itself will only take you so far without the normal work of exercise/calories/etc. It's more of a jump start for you, but does help with cravings, and just the amount you're physically able to eat. At this point, I hope to lose that 40 by my anniversary date in May 2014.

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1/2/14 11:26 P

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I do hope you can be diabetes free for 10 years or more.Maybe by then we can all be cured.
Did you have to have a certain amount of pounds to lose?How long do they think it will take for the other 40 to drop?Fantasic job.I wish you the best.

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1/2/14 11:14 P

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I'm glad the surgery worked for you.
I have every reason to believe that eating a low-carb diet will reduce blood sugar levels and weight (body fat) and effectively cure diabetes type 2 (although not cure carbohydrate intolerance) so for anyone who has benefited from gastric bypass, low-carb eating may help you keep your sugar levels normal, how low-carb depends on the person.
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1/2/14 10:45 P

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Yes, it's not a guarantee that it'll "cure" diabetes and there's always a chance of weight gaining back if the surgery "tool" is not used properly (only guarantees in life are death and taxes.) But based on the stomach, pancreas and part of the intestines being actually bypassed, it helps the pancreas to release the right amount of insulin instead of too much or something. I understand it when it's explained but I lose it after a while..lol

Also, it's common for someone who was diabetic before surgery will become diabetic again at some point in their life. But if it helps to delay it for a little while, I'm good with that..lol

The surgery was first suggested by my fertility doctor about 3 years ago, I was NOT willing to consider it at all at that point, after a lot of research, many doctor visits, therapists, support groups and speaking to many patients who had good and bad to say about it, I finally decided it was what was best for me and I'm glad I did!

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1/2/14 10:25 P

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Glad the surgery worked for you. Hope it still will be in the future. I know of a guy who had the surgery 6 years ago. He was on insulin before. The surgery worked for 4 years but is now back on insulin.

Doctors have recommended it to me. But it is not my thing. Glad it has worked for you.

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1/2/14 10:11 P

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I am glad that the surgery and weight loss worked for you. That is really wonderful.

I have read before that there is something about the absorption of the sugars or something (I can't remember exactly what it was) that changes with the surgery which is why there are many doctors who say that it will cure diabetes. I am not saying that is does or doesn't, just read that and it is the reason. However, as was said, it is a serious surgery and something that really needs to be considered seriously.



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1/2/14 8:56 P

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Wishing you all the best.

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1/2/14 8:20 P

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Wow! That is emoticon !!! So happy for the new you and Happy New Year!

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1/2/14 7:52 P

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emoticon You found a solution that works for you. I wish you continued success.

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emoticon for shareing your story it help hear



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1/2/14 6:34 P

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I was getting ready to organize my sparkteams and leave some that aren't active or relevant to me anymore and came across this one. I haven't been involved in this one in a long time because I'm not diabetic anymore. Woo hoo!

I'm not here to convince anyone or talk anybody into anything, but wanted to share my story briefly.

I was prediabetic with PCOS for about 7 years. I decided to have Gastric Bypass done in January 2013. During the pre-op testing/blood work, it came out that my A1C was 10 and I was officially diabetic. It was a hard phone call to get. I was on insulin (minimal doses) and metformin along with better controlled diet. As of the DAY OF SURGERY I was off all meds and all insulin. My blood sugar numbers have been spot on and even slightly on the low side. I'm down 75 pounds (surgery was 5/28/13) and have about 40 more to go, but my health is so much better, I wish I would have done it sooner!

Again, I'm not here to talk anyone into it, it's a major surgery and needs to be researched for yourself in great detail before a major decision like this is made, but I didn't want to leave the group without sharing my story.

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