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Hello all! I am not sure if this is entirely unusual or not, but I gained over 40 pounds within the past 2 years, and I have type one diabetes. Hopefully this program will help me lose the 15 I have struggled with for the past 6 months! Are there any other type one diabetics trying this program?.

Hope to hear from ya's!.

-Sarah..

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You should check with Nutrisystem because I believe Medifast is not ok for Type 1...

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I am also an insulin dependent diabetic. My doc put me on this diet and it is working thus far. Already decreased my insulin...

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I'm classified as a Type 1 1/2 (translation, the doctor isn't sure) and my endocrinologist actively supported me going on MF. I thought my sugars would drop drastically, but they didn't. We decreased my lantus by 4 units, but had to up it. My novalog is essentially unchanged probably because I've restricted carbs for years...

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Type I diabetes is a contraindication to program. Please get with your doctor first and make sure you have a doctor's order and that your doctor follows you and monitors you completely!!..

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Hi Moni, yes if it is approved by your doctor fine, but a Type I should not do this program without doctor's consent. Congrats on your success. I hope you become healthier and feel great! Best wishes...

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Hi Sara, I'm a type 1 also, on the pump. I just ordered Medifast yesterday - I can't get control ofmy eating and needed to do something. I check my sugars couple times a day and will be on top of it. I gained weight w/eating and taking insulin to cover food - not good. I needed to do something - so Medifast it was - never have done it - little nervouse - but it's better than eating a box of Girl Scout thin mints. Thanks, Pamvt..

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Who ever told MacGrandMa that they are a Type 1 1/2 needs to have their medical license revoked. MacGrandMa, I would find a new doctor, and run as fast as you can from that idiot. There has never been such thing as a Type 1 1/2 diabetic and as a Type 1 diabetic I am offended by any one who would put your life in danger by saying such a thing.

Beyond that. I'm glad to hear there are some other Type 1s out there. I ordered mine last week and am awaiting it's arrival. I'll keep in touch on my BS and weight loss (fingers crossed)...

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I think I understand what MacGrandMa means - I am in the same boat! I was 20 when diagnosed, but was also 75 lbs overweight. I was diet controlled for a while, but ended up on insulin about 3 years after I had a child. I think if I'd have gotten a handle on my eating at that time, I could have stayed just diet controlled. So, many moons later, now I'm 56. With MF, I've decreased my NPH insulin from 50 units twice a day to 7 units twice a day. I still take metformin, and probably always will.



Good luck in your journey - you won't be sorry you started on MF!!..

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JackieS55 and MacGrandMa, I just don't want anyone to have their health put in danger with a made up diagnosis!! This disease sucks, and I wouldn't want anyone to suffer unduly. I apologize if my post seemed insensitive. =).

Beyond that though! Today was my first day on Medifast and my blood sugars were great! I am on an insulin pump and have bolused twice today. Once in the morning for a high blood sugar, which was a reaction to a low I had in the middle of the night, and once again at 3 pm for my afternoon snack. My afternoon bolus was 0.5 units!! All day long (minus this morning) my blood sugars have been under 180! I even lowered my basal rate before I started to 1 unit/hour for the whole day. Amazing!! The food is a tough adjustment, and I'm dying to have my salad, but my blood sugars are so great I might actually shed a tear or two of joy!..

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So, you musta made it through the first few days! How are you doing now? I bet your sugars are much lower than 180 - it feels great when that happens! Enquiring minds want to know!!..

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I'm a type 1 diabetic. This is my first week and my insulin bolus' have been almost eliminated! I am just now having to adjust my basal rate, but I think this program is just what I needed. I think Medifast tells T1's not to do it, because of the dramatic decreased that can happen to your blood sugar. If your dr. is ok with it and you are knowledgeable to fix your pump/med. issues you'll be fine! My weight has been ballooning since becoming type 1 (I feed my low blood sugars) and I have to do something.

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<div id="post_message_1328579" class=post_message_Div>My 38 year old son was dx with Type 1 when he was 17yrs old. He is currently on a pump. He needs to lose 75+lbs. He talked to his doctor this week about going on Medifast and she thought it would be fine if modified to his situation.He has access to a dietician at work so hopefully they can help adjust the meal plan. I would like to follow any members who are also TYPE 1. Please send me a message if you are Type 1 and I have not contacted you to add to my friends list.



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<div id="post_message_1367320" class=post_message_Div>I'm a type one on a pump as well. I'm classified as "brittle" because the slightest change affects me. Medifast really does help keep the sugars right where they need to be for me. The same portion/carb count evenly spaced makes a HUGE difference (no more rollercoaster rides from 35-550,lol). I think the pump with it's ability to dose insulin in the tenths of a unit is pretty important though since sometimes I only need 1/2 a unit to cover a Medifast meal. Good luck!<br />.

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<div id="post_message_1373327" class=post_message_Div>I would definitely download the Medifast diabetic pamphlet<br />.

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For individuals that have less than 100 pounds to lose, we recommend you consider the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan for Diabetes (800-1,000 calories), or the Medifast 4 & 2 & 1 Plan (1,100-1,300 calories). The Medifast 5 & 1 Plan for Diabetes provides 85-100 grams of carbohydrates per day. The low carbohydrate amount encourages your body to use built-up fat for energy. Weight loss generally occurs at a rapid pace once your body is in the fat-burning state. If your doctor recommends a higher calorie or carbohydrate level, consider the Medifast 4 & 2 & 1 Plan.<br />.

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For individuals that have more than 100 pounds to lose, we recommend you consider the Medifast 5 & 2 & 2 Plan for Diabetes (1,4001,600 calories). Weight loss will be slower (yet steady), and you will not be in the fat-burning state. Once you lose 50 pounds, your doctor may recommend that you begin to follow one of the lower-calorie plans. Keep in mind, switching to a lower-calorie plan will likely increase your rate of weight loss. Once you and your physician determine the right plan for you, please do not switch plans (unless directed by your physician).</div>.

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<div id="post_message_1374472" class=post_message_Div>Hello to you all! I have type 1 diabetes and I am working with a nutirtionist and endocrinologist. They both recommend Medifast and have been supportive of me doing it. I got married and gained 20lbs. I have been on Medifast for a month now. When I began it was very rough, but now it works very well with my schedule. If you do chose MF, please follow up with your healthcare team.



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The oral meds that I was taking along with the Byetta was useless. He told me that I was between Type 1 and Type 2. The reason for that comment was due to the fact that I have only been a diabetic for a little over 2 years my pancreas should still have some function left, but it doesn't. I am now on Novalog 70/30 and my readings have been great altho the weight that I lost is now back on. This is the reason I have started the Medifast program.</div>.

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<div id="post_message_1437248" class=post_message_Div>Hi ... I am also a Type1 diabetic and in very tight control. Never had been in the hospital since diagnosis 42 years ago (aside from having 3 kids with 2 C-sections!). I had used Medifast maybe 10+ years ago through my doctor's office (whereby he sold it to the patients) and it worked wonders. So, when I told him that I wanted to return to it via the local Medifast retail office/location, my doc was A-OK with it. But, Medifast was not.

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Comment #11

All I also am type 1 diabetic and have been using Medifast for a total of 4 days now. So far I have cut insulin usage in half! I have also learned that my mornings are still when I need my insulin and not sooo much at night...odd but I am working with it still. I also made sure to inform my doctor and endo and they thought it was great, but to make sure to do tight control on blood sugar and insulin..

I have also found that I do much better if I eat every 2 hours vice 3 hours..

If any other type 1 diabetics have some tips let me know... =)..

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This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.

 

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