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  1. Lol no. I’ve only been Type 2 diabetic for about two years and just found out a few weeks ago that I am also a Type 1. I wasn’t even a gestational diabetic during pregnancies. I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. I’ve been at this 180ish mark since my last round of fertility treatments in 2011. I didn’t even reach much above that the whole pregnancy. It’s a terrible plateau. My meds are in flux. The one drug that worked great caused liver damage, so now we’re trying new ones again. I’m not on the right combination, but the endocrinologist is working on it. I am starting Ozempic this week along with increased insulin and Januvia.
  2. Boiled sweet potatoes aren’t terrible. They basically turn into candy if baked or fried. I boil and mash them with just a little cinnamon. The total carbs in 1/2 cup is 15, which is higher but not awful in conjunction with everything else. The diabetic nutritionist says my diet is pretty good(I do eat a small bowl of oatmeal two or three times a week, which isn’t great). I should be losing weight and not having highish blood sugars if we look at diet alone. This is why I’m considering the surgery; I think the issue is hormonal. (Stupidly, I can also eat all the ice cream and cheesecake I want, and I also don’t gain weight. But I feel so much better on low carb, plus DH can’t have gluten, so that’s just how we eat)
  3. Is it just being argumentative and your NT son is much more mellow and easy going? My HFA son loves to argue. If he changes his mind about science, I am going to recommend law school. Fortunately, there are several people in my family who love to debate. He fits in well. Is your son argumentative just for the fun of arguing, or is there something malicious behind it?
  4. Truthfully, I don’t even know what or if I would qualify for. My endocrinologist offered a referral to the bariatric surgeon, but I opted to research and try a new med(Ozempic) first. I go back in six weeks and will ask(or not ask) for the referral then. PCOS is an extremely complicated disease. Some people do exceptionally well on a very low carb diet; most likely it’s related to weight loss which then has less fat triggering the body to produce more insulin. So you produce less insulin when you weight less, which helps. Something about bariatric surgery seems to flip that hormonal switch and the body regulates insulin better, which then tells the body to produce less testosterone as well. These effects are happening early on before a person has lost significant weight, so something about the surgery itself is flipping that switch. Last night, I ate 6 ounces of steak, broccoli and sweet potato. This morning it was 2 eggs and 1 slice of no sugar bacon. I’m not hungry so I will skip lunch. Even on that diet, I am not losing weight at all and my blood sugar, even with diet, exercise and meds, is 300ish. I kind of feel like it might be time for drastic measures.
  5. I’m short lol. I weigh about 185 and I’m 5’2” so I could definitely stand to lose weight. More than that, though, I take three meds a day for PCOS and two for diabetes. I just want to be healthy again.
  6. I was always very thin(BMI of 17-18) even with PCOS until I went on fertility treatments when I was 29. I gained 70 pounds between fertility treatments for two kids and have never ever been able to lose that weight. I don’t gain weight overly easily, actually, and I have been at the same weight for about eight years now. If anything my eating habits have gotten better. My doctor thinks the pcos hormones make my body just hang onto that weight, no matter what we try. There is apparently a lot of evidence that bariatric surgery reverses PCOS and type 2 diabetes, even before the patient has lost significant amounts of weight. They believe the reversal is due to the decrease in hormone production from the stomach fundus and intestine. I absolutely do need to lose about 40 pounds so I really feel good, but my consideration for bariatric surgery is that hormone change.
  7. We’ve been gluten free as a family for several years, and that’s eliminated a lot of carbs. DH doesn’t like any of the gluten substitutes so we really live on a diet of meat, vegetables and occasional bean casseroles. I don’t eat much fruit because of the diabetes. I think I am attracted to the long term nature of the surgery as well as the hormonal change benefits seem to be fairly drastic. My concern with keto is that everyone I know who has lost a ton of weight with it eventually gained it back.
  8. I am actually doing intermittent fasting for the last six months, and lost about three pounds with no blood sugar changes. However, I think it’s because I work three 24 hour shifts a week, and that kind of sleep pattern screws up the hormones and hunger signals.
  9. I’ve had PCOS since I was 15 and type 2 diabetes for about two years. My pancreas has given up the ghost and now I am type 1 too. My endocrinologist suggested bariatric surgery today. My BMI is 33, so just borderline for surgery, but I eat 1600 calories or less a day and exercise but my hormones are so messed up I can’t lose weight. He said the data is showing people are off the diabetes drugs and it’s reversing PCOS even before the patient has lost significant weight, so they think there are hormonal benefits beyond just weight loss. It’s also known to reverse fatty liver disease, which I also have. Tell me the good the bad and the ugly. The people I know who have had it in the last few years have had fantastic results, but they are careful about sticking to their eating plan. It would just be nice to get off most of my meds. Some weight loss would be great, but I am wearing a size 10/12 and I look like death in anything below an 8, so it’s not a huge priority.
  10. Ugh. I’m sorry. I know how scary it all is. i am praying for you.
  11. We’re surviving. His behavior has been atrocious at school but we are recognizing it as a grief process. One of my coworkers and friends committed suicide this week, leaving three kids under 4. The kids knew her and we had to deal with that too. Small town, I don’t want them hearing it in school. Sitting on the couch tonight DS took my hand and said, “The world is just too much some days for me to take.” I feel the same way.
  12. It was quite good 20 years ago when I was there. But—it was 20 years ago. Houghton has a long history of trying to be technologically cutting edge and they’ve put a lot of money into their STEM programs. I worked in the admissions office during college, and I will tell you that the kids who visited and expressed strong interest in Houghton(whether true or not) were the ones given preference when considering institutional financial aid. Obviously some kids could not visit due to distance(though the location is so rural I strongly recommend visiting to make sure that’s not a problem), but if they stayed in contact with their admissions counselor and expressed a lot of interest, it helped.
  13. The academically inclined students thrive at Houghton. If you want to be challenged intellectually and have deep conversations over coffee, it’s a great school. If you’re looking for more socialization opportunities(parties) and a lighter homework load, don’t go there.(Though we had a lot of fun, too, and the college did well at recognizing it was rural and isolated, so they offered a lot of activities) My best friend at the time went to Liberty and we had the same major. I was consistently annoyed that her coursework was easier than mine. I am not knocking Liberty—in fact, I am doing a master’s degree through them right now. However, the academics weren’t comparable. Even now, my master’s degree is a lot easier than my undergrad was. And I am now working full time and have a family. And if you like sunny, warm weather, I wouldn’t recommend it. I graduated in 2004 and went back in 2013 to study Human Resources, though I had to quit when I accidentally got pregnant and had a high risk pregnancy and a NICU baby. The atmosphere and academics had not changed, however. I am strongly considering going back to Houghton again for a second master’s degree when I finish at LU. Edited: Houghton had a very good reputation with graduate schools as well. I didn’t attend right out of college, but I did apply to many secular grad programs across the country and most were familiar with and spoke highly of Houghton grads. Two of my sisters are also Houghton grads with graduate degrees, and they found the same when applying to graduate school.
  14. I am a Houghton College alumni, as well as several of my siblings. While the full scholarships are only 3, financial aid scholarships plus grants are generous. I know several high achieving students who didn’t get the full scholarship, but received several smaller scholarships and grants that equaled full tuition. They have a fantastic honors program your daughter would qualify for that includes freshmen spring in London. However—Houghton is basically the rural snow capital of the world. And the academics are not for the faint of heart.
  15. I get it. I am so sorry for your loss.
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