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commorat_55
By commorat_55 Latest Reply 2011-03-19 15:47:23 -0500
Started 2011-03-19 00:07:41 -0500

Hi Im phil and feb 17th i was told by my doctor at the vetetans hopital Thati have type 2 diabeties the VA told me there going to give me a meter and show me how to use it im on other meds too i heard that crestor can cause type 2 is that true??? Im trying to watch what i eat and im learning about this decease can some one please tell me what i need to do today i felt very woozy at my internship i think my sugar levels were probly high


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csurgtech
csurgtech 2011-03-19 15:47:23 -0500 Report

Hi Phil, I'm Eric, and was diagnosed at the VA also. You'll probably get the Accu-Chek by Aviva, that's the only meter in the VA Formulary. Depending upon your doc, you won't be testing every day, so the test strips you get will last you a couple months. Get to know your Diabetic Educators at the VA, they'll be your best friends and sources of information.

realsis77
realsis77 2011-03-19 12:50:44 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to our family! First it is very important to do your testing as ordered by your doctor so you know where your levels are! Second make sure and take all your medication as directed! Third always remember carbs are not our friends! Carbs will raise blood sugar very fast. You will need to learn how to eat using a low glycemic index on foods. If you look up the glycemic index it will give you a great idea on what foods are high and bad for us and what foods are lower and good for us! It will be a big change but you CAN do it! I know its a big adjustment and understand how your feeling! Also learn learn learn! Knowledge is power! For me what helped was getting some books specially written for the newly diagnosed diabetic.you can find many titles avaiable at amazon or ebay. I got my books off amazon very cheap and the books walk you through EVERYTHING you need to know depending on the book! I got several different titles and it was a HUGE help for me! Some books even talk about the emotional ascept of diabetes and that's also very helpful. They also help you learn what to eat! Diet is a important part of controling diabetes! I wish you the very best and hope you continue to be a part of our community! Remember no question is a bad question! Ask many questions and learn learn learn! Hang in there its hard at first but it does get better and easier! Again id like to say welcome and we look foward to hearing from you soon!

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-03-19 06:45:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to our site! I just recently "celebrated" my one year anniversary as a diabetic. There are some changes and challenges to take on but you can do it just take it all one step at a time. I found baby steps were the best way to motivate myself to control. I lost 30 pounds but not overnight. I took it off one pound at a time which was the same way that I put it on. I found that this resource has provided me with education, inspiration, education and motivation. I hope you'll find the same. What a great group of people here! I hope you will use the words "community" and "family" like I do when I speak of this website. If there is anything that I can do or say, friend me (is that a word?). We're in it together and in it to win it. Check out the links to the left to explore more of our community. Thanks for joining us.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-03-19 03:11:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Phil!

Welcome to our little family here at DC.

And before I go any further, please accept my thanks for serving our nation, keeping us free.

Well, Phil, take a deep breath and relax. Diabetes ("DM") is a condition that requires a lifetime of learning. Learn all you can, but don't cram. Take "baby steps." This condition is not a sprint, but a marathon. So don't get burned out by DM.

I wish I had DC available when first Dx'd. I could have read around here and maybe learned enough to forestall some of my other DM related conditions.

Read around in the "living with diabetes" tab on the left margin. Pay attention to the discussions having to do with carbs, and/or Blood Glucose (or "sugar") testing.
The neat thing about that is that if your memory becomes fuzzy on a concept presented there, you can always go back and re-read it.

There are also videos to watch too.

And don't forget the discussions. There you can pick up little helpful tidbits from those of us who are living the life (and also from some of us who fall off the wagon sometimes too. You will also find counsel and encouragement, and sometimes tough love when it's necessary)

I note in your original post on this discussion you said that the VA told you they were going to give you a meter. The way I read it, you don't actually have the meter yet? Until you have your meter about the only thing you can do is learn about DM. Once you have your meter, then you can begin to set about learning how certain foods affect your body. Once you have it, you can contact me on this discussion, and/or email me on DC, if you have accepted my friend request. I can walk you through the steps of how to find out which foods/drinks spike your BG#s and which don't. (this reply is alredy getting long.)

And here's information from Mayo clinic website on chrestor: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-informa...

You might use this site to look up your other meds too.

But like I said before you don't have to do this all at once. This condition is a marathon not a sprint.

Blessings to you and yours, Phil.

sincrely

James

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