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 Can diabetics be cured ?
If we regularly follow the guidence from the dr take medicenes as per dr instuctions withous miss and follow a perfect diet regime and do excercise will this (diabetic) be cured no issue if takes ...

 whats wrong with me? i'm 15 years old, and been constantly thirsty for about 2 weeks.?
i've had loads to drink, but it never seems to stop me being thirsty. my granda has diabetes is this a sign that i have?
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ADD: it's just water i mainly drink ...

 My Mum Is Refusing To Inject Herself With Insulin, What Should I Do?
She has to take alot of tablets in the morning and night not to mention injecting herself with insulin twice a day. She doesnt do any of them, she thinks that it is gods decision whether she dies or ...

 Is it true if you have diabetes you lose weight/bodymass?

 Who else has Diabetes? If so what Type?

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Type 1 since I was 11!

Never been over weight!

Very annoying!...

 I am fifty and have just been diagnosed with diabetes. I've attended diabetes class and it scared me. If I am
able to get my blood sugar down consistantly through a combination of medication, diet and excercise, will I have a normal life expectancy?...

 How can you tell if your diabetic?

 What are the symptoms of diabetes?
I have cousins on my dad's side of the family and my mom says that it would be very easy to get diabetes because of that and I don't really eat very healthy even though I'm a ...

 Im 5'7 285 lbs with diabetes in my family. i am already feeling some of the symptoms of it. what can i do?
every site i go to tells me to eat right or diet and exerise but what if i cant excercise and what is eating right

and how can eating right help when everything you eat rurns to gluclose ...

 ok does this sound like diabetes? i've been to the doc but havent got my results back yet and realy scared.
1)realy bad dizzy spells + bluryness
2) sickness
3) i get ill realy easily (i've been ill every holiday)
4) feel hungary all the time
5) feel tirsty all the time
6) need ...

 has any one else got type 2 diabetes & how do u manage your blood sugar levels ?
im having trouble maintaining mine and i think im doing everything right [diet medication etc ]
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thanks to all who took the trouble to reply . i got some wonderful feed-...

 do i have a sixth toe?
cause i want ed to kno cause idk if i do or ot come and tell me???:)...

 What the different between type 1 & type 2 diabetics?

 HELP! My dad's diabetic...?
Diabetes runs in our family and my dad just recently found out that he got it as well. Can anyone advise me on how to take care of a diabetic person? The do's and don'ts? What to eat and ...

 should someone who's type 1 diabetic drink coca cola?

 What are some symptoms of diabetes? What symptoms made you call the doctor before you were diagnosed?

 Does this sound like diabetes?
I am waiting on my blood test results, but the suspense is killing me....I am constantly tired, fatigued, and hungry. I crave sweets all the time, have split, blurry vision, have gained weight in the ...

 Is diabetes contagious?
just wondering....

 Can drinking too much soda pop over time help contribute to diabetes? ?
If someone drinks an abnormal amount of soda pop per day, say 3/4 of a 2 liter per day, can that help to onset diabetes if they eat otherwise pretty healthy?

Can drinking too much soda ...

 Is diabetic chocolate different?
Is diabetic chocolate any different from normal chocolate apart from having no suger....

adam p
i weigh 550 pounds if i don't eat at all just drink water how long well it take 2 lose weight?

I went on a water diet and only ate twice a week. I lost 45lbs in about 3 months. You won't die because your body will use the fat as food.

You weigh about 35 stone. You really DO need to lose weight.. You could live for 3 or 4 days just drinking water but that is not the best way. Go on a strict diet O(absolutely no fat) and eat lots of fruit and veg and no sweets and no alcohol and you will lose weight. Think about what you eat at the moment and reduce it by loads. Also exercise as much as you can. Good luck

Jen G
Your body will go into starvation mode after a week or so, your metabolism with slow down & when you start eating again your body will hold on to every calorie.
If your prepared to feel hungry why don't you go on a shake diet. Or go see your doctor & they will give you a 'diet' plan to help you lose weight properly so you'll keep it off long term.

Aldo 78520
by just drinking water it won't help much... you need to make major changes in your diet and make some exercise. it will take time doing it, but starving yourself will not solve your problem.

Graeme B
Terrible terrible question....

If you would like to go on a hardcore liquid diet, atleast go on something like OPTI-FAST rather then pure water.

Yes, on water alone, u will die. To the person who said he will burn fat, that isn't accurate. Your body burns Carbs > Muscle > Fat.

Atleast if you go on a VLCD like optifast liquid diet you'll be getting enough Protein to ensure your muscles arn't broken down and used for energy, (thus going Carbs > Fat)

Ps, In answer to your question, Optifast claims you'll loose approx 9-12 kg per month (19-26pounds) as a ketogenic diet.

Check em out.

Soham N
don't do that eat otherwise you will die of starvation.Exersise a lot and keep a check on what you eat

You need food to obtain your bodys nutrients. As some poster mentioned there is Medifast and inpatient weightloss programs. But if you are a good candidate medically, I would consider the gastric bypass surgery, but know it's a tool and if you don't change the mental part the weight can return eventually.


Good luck and know you are not alone.

you need to eat. if you starve yourself your brain will store the fat on your body to feed off.
You need to eat little meals often, no fat, no salt and no sugar.
drink water inbetween meals.
snack on fruit and/or raw vegetables.
you will have to lose weight slowly rather than swiftly as the weight will come back on if you lose it too quick.
start slow exercise by walking everywhere.
buy a pedometer to measure 10,000 steps a day.
it will work. give it time

you'll lose some weight that way, but it won't stay off.

fllow this link, and then follow the advice, and you'll lose the weight:


Well that is a stupid way to lose weight. You have to eat, and if you just stop, you are not losin weight the correct way. I might suggest weight watchers as it has worked for me. Now, I am not 550 pounds, but it did work for me.

You can't stop eating because this will cause more problems than what you will gain from the weight loss. Lose the weight smart, and on a plan. Not by starving yourself.

Good luck.

Let me tell you this. When I was 12 my aunt and uncle locked me in the bathroom and I was not let out until I apologise for whatever. I stayed in there with no food and I only had water. It was tough but I managed it for 3 days. I felt very weak but I did not lose much weight. So if you are thinking about taking the water diet....don't, it doesn't work.

Alan C
As some of the other people have said, you're more likely to become seriously ill than lose weight just from drinking water. When the body is starved, you will have to rely on your fat reserves, and this may well make you lose weight rapidly. When you start eating again, your body will hold onto everything including the fat, and the weight will appear again, just as qucikly as it went off.

I would speak to your GP or doctor and ask them about your best course of action, and they would most likely refer you to a nutritionist. I would do this before I do anything else.They will give you a tailor made plan that will allow you to lose weight safely and efficiently, without having to resort to drastic measures like starving yourself.

Best of Luck, Alan

Angelika W
so you are 39 stone----is it joke or you realy need a help?

You need to eat to loose weight, if you starve yourself you will loose muscle first now fat and this is very bad for you.

I would suggest that you cut down on fatty foods and carbs, eat small portions 5 times a day instad of 3 big meals. Plently of veg and protine and cut out alkohol and you will see a differene in as little as 2 weeks.

cross-stitch kelly
That's not the way to do it, because you'll gain it back when you stop. Plus, you need nutrients, not just calories, to keep going. You might try the diabetic diet, instead. That way, you eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks every day. It gives you the nutrients you need, and since you're eating the snacks too, you don't get as hungry, and you're metabolism is going constantly. Get a good calorie counter, one that lists protein, carbohydrates, fat, etc. My nutritionist recommended the following schedule:

Breakfast: 2 carbohydrate servings (15 carbohydrates each--ex., a slice of bread or 3/4 cup of cereal
1 serving of low-fat milk or yogurt (8 oz.)
1 fruit (1 piece, 1 cup, or 1/2 cup of juice)

Mid-morning snack--1 fruit

Lunch--2 carbohydrate servings
3 oz. of meat (about the size of a deck of cards)
2 vegetables (each is one cup of raw, or 1/2 cup cooked)
1 fat serving (6 grams--about a pat of butter or a tablespoon of salad dressing)

Mid-Afternoon Snack--1 fruit
1 milk

Supper--2 carbohydrates
4 oz. meat (about the size of the palm of your hand)
2 vegetables
2 fats

Bed-time Snack--1 carbohydrate
1 milk

It's very effective, and it's the way you should eat anyway. If you go slightly off the wagon, don't get discouraged--just start again as soon as possible. And if you'll be eating out, you can "borrow" some servings from other meals that day. And if you can't stand it, you have to have something, you can have all the sugar-free drinks you want, boullion, sugar-free jello, or 1 1/2 large dill pickles (up to 3 servings per day).

Dorothy and Toto
Hi, Adam. TWO things come to mind. They are nutritional deficiency and candida. Either or both could be causing you problems right now. This is going to be long, so please bear with me.


The vast majority of people living in industrialized nations suffer from deficiencies in major minerals like zinc, magnesium and selenium, and in other nutrients. The brain, sensing these deficiencies, sends the signal to keep eating until the needed minerals are acquired, but since most modern processed foods are virtually devoid of these minerals, a person will never achieve the necessary mineralization consumption, no matter how much food they eat.

That's one reason why people can eat enormous quantities of processed or manufactured foods and still feel hungry. Their body is not receiving the proper hormonal "full" signals due to the absence of minerals necessary for normal blood sugar metabolism and hormone balance.


If you have CANDIDA, or SYSTEMIC CANDIDIASIS, you will absolutely not be able to lose wieght!
This may be the cause of a candida infection: Although Candida albicans is a common yeast found in our digestive system and throat, when we are exposed to anti-biotics, birth control pills, corti-steroids, or prednisone the good bacteria which normally keep candida under control in our systems are killed off and the candida can overgrow. When the candida yeast gets out of control, it morphs into a MYCELIAL FUNGAL FORM, becomes invasive and grows rhizoids which then burrow into our intestinal wall. These rhizoids leave microscopic holes in the intestinal wall which allows toxins in the form of undigested food particles, bacteria and candida into our blood stream. When this condition occurs the overgrowth is called Candidiasis or a systemic yeast infection. One indication of candida is oral thrush or a white coated tongue.

Not sure if you have a candida..? Take this simple saliva test tomorrow morning!
When you awake in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit it into a clear glass of water. You may want to spit in the glass 3 or 4 times, just make sure you have enough saliva in the glass to cover the surface of the water. You want to observe the reaction of the saliva in the glass about every few minutes for up to 30 minutes. If there are strings coming down from your saliva, if the water turned cloudy, or if your saliva sank to the bottom, you probably have candida!
(You may want to put out a glass of water in the bathroom or on the nightstand the night before you wish to do the test just to remind yourself not to brush your teeth prior to spitting into the glass.)
(Yes, we have seen people test negative for yeast with this test. If you do NOT have a yeast concern, your saliva should stay at the top of the glass and will eventually dissipate.)

So, Adam, I would recommend you check this out before any engaging in any radical diets. Best of luck.

bon b
It sounds crazy, but, you'll actually lose weight in the beginning, but, then your body will struggle to keep hold of it. Because your body won't be getting any more food, it will go into starvation mode, your metabolism will drop, and you won't lose anything. It will be better to eat a healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and proteins, and you'll lose faster.

24-48 hours to hospital for ketoacidosis

Jon E
To lose 1 pound of fat, what you have to do is burn off 3,500 calories. That is, over a period of time, you have to consume 3,500 calories less than your body needs. . If you assume that you weigh 150 pounds and that your body at rest needs 1,800 calories per day (150 * 12 = 1,800) to live, here are several examples
You could lie in bed and starve yourself. Since you are lying in bed, you are consuming 1,800 calories per day. Since you are starving yourself, you are taking in no calories. That means that, every day, you create a deficit of 1,800 calories and, approximately every two days, you will lose 1 pound of body weight.

third space
the question should be how long can you survive (both actually) and emotionally without food. highly unlikely you could go for more than a few days without food if you absolutely didnt have to (e.g. people in concentration camps, severe anorexics etc). plus u would get so weak from no energy that you would have to cave in.

Gavin V
You'll be dead before you notice it.

At that size, your body would need FOOD.

seven thimbs up to the first answerer. i also say never

you mean how long till you die

I'm going to assume that you're diabetic since you've asked this question here.

If you're Type 1, this will be very dangerous. Without food, you are very likely to become diabetic keotacidotic in a few days, and that's a medical emergency that requires proper supervision with lab tests and all that to handle properly.

If you're type 2, there's less chance of DKA, but unless you're already on insulin, you probably won't be able to adjust your metabolism to match the lack of carbohydrate input. And you might become ketoacidotic anyway, it's not impossible.


When no more carbohydrates is coming in , the local stores (in liver cells and in muscle cells -- glucose stored as glycogen) will be used up in a few hours. At that point, in non-diabetics, the body will go into ketosis, in which fat is taken from fat cell, processed, and then burned for fuel. This is perfectly normal, and it's the way the body manages between small meals or for long period between larger meals. This is good, in some sense, as you will be burning the fat as you want to. However, in diabetics, this conversion doesn't always go right. In type 2's who are still producing insulin, their insulin levels may be high (after all their cells -- about 2/3 -- have more or less stopped listening to the insulin signal), and it's the insulin level (low) which triggers ketosis.

Second, it's possible to get some glucose, by converting a few amino acid types (ie, building blocks for proteins) into glucose. The rest of the amino acids from a dismantled protein are, typically, just discarded. If you're starving enough to be disassembling protein for glucose, you won't be doing much tissue building. The bad thing is that the protein that gets disassembled comes from your muscles, including important things like your heart. Not good.

If you're a type 2, loss of weight is very likely to be a good thing. it has turned out in the last few years that fat, in and around the abdominal organs, is a very active tissue, not merely a fuel store. It seems to be involved in triggering type 2; it even produces a hormone which seems to tell other cells to ignore insulin -- it's been named resistin. Fat tissue elsewhere (thighs, butt, under the skin generally) doesn't seem to be as important. So if you lose enough weight (and it might not be all the way to 'normal' for you according to the tables), you may get your type 2 to back off some. Some people manage to go off medication entirely...

Food doesn't contain just calories. You need vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential amino acids, and essential fats, etc and if you stop eating entirely, you'll not get any of those. And that will lead to trouble more or less quickly from any of many reasons. You definitely don't need multi deficiencies on top of diabetes and serious overweight.

Your best bet is to reduce your calories substantially (talk to your doctor or dietitian or both) every day. If you lose a couple of pounds a week (possible, for real), you'll be in reasonable territory in less than a year. Without risking additional damage from metabolic problems caused by starvation.

By the way, there's a rule of three for non-diabetics. it's more or less accurate. The average person can survive for about three weeks with no food, three days with no water, and three minutes with no air. But, diabetics are not 'normal' in a metabolic sense and quite a bit of what your body used to do automatically (more or less), you have to now do for yourself. DO NOT TRY TO LOSE WEIGHT TOO QUICKLY. IT WILL BE DANGEROUS.

Best of luck.

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