Hi I'm new here!!!!

By Wandalita Latest Reply 2012-06-19 14:44:36 -0500
Started 2011-04-03 10:29:08 -0500

Just thought I would Introduce myself to all…My name is Wanda and this site caught my attention because I am diabetic and have been for around 8 yrs, and I cannot control my sugar, at any rate, I have entered a program that has a nutritionist in the Florida hospital, and I'm hoping to get help controling my eating habits which are pretty hard for me to control, wish me luck!!! I hope to get input here as well, have a nice healthy day everyone.

31 replies

Type1Lou 2012-06-07 18:14:35 -0500 Report

Dear Wanda,
I hope your care includes a board-certified endocrinologist well-versed in diabetes. There are many good ones around with many good programs at Florida hospitals. I know Tampa General has a good one as well as Shand's in Gainesville to name a few. I found that limiting my intake of carbohydrates was the key for my gaining better control. Lower carbs also resulted in losing any excess weight. Work with your diabetes team, learn as much as you can about this condition of ours, make the right decisions about what you eat and how you exercise, and you'll gain control. Wishing you well!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-07 17:59:35 -0500 Report

Welcome, and you'll get alot of input here if you ask, if not then just read along. Happy to hear you have a program to work with.

Peg61 2011-04-09 19:52:35 -0500 Report

Welcome. There are many caring people here to help guide you. The advice, motivation, and support are the best

Armourer 2011-04-07 22:27:01 -0500 Report

Welcome! Hey, there are folks here on this website who know more about diabetes then many docs do! Ask questions away, none are too stupid. And I emphasize NONE! The nutritionist is a great way to get control. The key seems to be three things: portion control, high protein, low carbs. And if you need to, test often. Best!

DonHenault 2011-04-05 12:33:56 -0500 Report

Welcome, I am relatively new to the site again welcome. I think you find a lot of useful information here. All the best. Don

Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-04 18:18:15 -0500 Report

Hi Wanda, I pretty new to the site too. I signed up like a year ago and toatally forgot about it. Anyway, I understand how u feel about how hard it is to control ur sugars. I struggle everyday. I try to eat like I should but I still have highs. Recently I've been under enormous stress and have lost some weight. That doesn't always help either. I wish u luck and I know u can do it. Keep us posted on how ur doing. Take care.

LUCI SUSAN 2011-04-04 17:34:30 -0500 Report

Hi there Wanda, I was told that I had type 2 a few weeks ago. I understand what you mean about controling the sugar. I am also having a hard time but we have to keep at it. Dont give up you are in my paryers.
Take care now

Swbtab03 2011-04-04 13:10:27 -0500 Report

Welcome to a great site Wanda, even though you have had this for a while. check it out here good people and a lot of great tips from many people. It is good you are honest with yourself on having a hard time on controlling numbers, try real hard to listen in class I learned a lot and changed many ways. My problem is I Love food, and of course my one love I have to control it. Being a cook for 20+ years you just love to eat. Now I am in retail lol. Good Luck will be praying for you to get under control

eristar 2011-04-04 06:51:03 -0500 Report

Hi, Wanda, and welcome! I was diagnosed less than a year ago, and I totally understand about having trouble controlling your eating habits!!! I was really good when I frist got the diagnosis, but have found myself slipping back into eating lots of things I shouldn't…I could be controlled just by pills or even just with diet and exercise, if I could keep my mind from wandering into the realm of desserts and such!
Glad you found us - together we can help each other keep on track! Have a great week!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-04-04 08:14:17 -0500 Report

Ah…desserts. The challenge to all who have diabetes. Look to the left side of this page and just below the diabetic connect. You will find the links to the Book Club and Recipe sections of the site. There are many diabetes friendly dessert recipes and cookbooks on those pages.

vicjesus2001 2011-04-03 23:10:02 -0500 Report

I'll keep you in our prayers one thing that will help you control your sugar is look at the labels and see what it has thats how i help control my husbands sugar if it has more than 15 sugars on the label that no good for him so i look at them and let him know what he needs and also have him eat 100% whole wheat fruits veggies and no white bread at all and when we go out i make sure he eats all the different colors of food that helps him also

krystalm 2011-04-03 20:30:15 -0500 Report

welcome wanda and im pretty new myself. i will tell you that if there arent support groups in your area(there aren't in mine either) then this site is one of the best ive seen. people answer ur questions without being rude or calling you stupid just because you dont know what might seem obvious too some.

gbc43 2011-04-03 19:27:13 -0500 Report

Welcome to the group . Try and find a support group where your at .Have you take the class yet ? Some steps to get you going the right way , again Welcome .

RAYT721 2011-04-03 17:59:21 -0500 Report

Hi Wanda! Welcome to our community. There is so much support here that it's overwhelming to find so many genuinely caring people. Please share with us your past and future experiences. Let me know (add a friend) if there's anything that I can do to help you. I'm one of those old dogs who learns new tricks every day. Please let us hear more from and about you.

GabbyPA 2011-04-03 16:39:44 -0500 Report

Hi Wanda and welcome to the community. I think you will find a great group of folks here to help you through the thick and thin of things. We all have been there and understand, so it is easier to talk to people who get it some times. Please share with us what your nutritionist said and how you liked the visit.

Harlen 2011-04-03 14:09:09 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
It is a job to get and keep you blood sugers good But you can do it .
Best wishes

realsis77 2011-04-03 12:56:59 -0500 Report

Welcome!Hi I am also diabetic and I take insulin to control my sugar. Since I've been on insulin I've kept my sugar under good tight control! Insulin has been a God send for me! I have tons more enegery! I think you will love our community! These are some of the most careing wonderful people I've ever met!keep us posted on how your doing ok?

Wandalita 2011-04-03 11:29:28 -0500 Report

It sounds like your going to have it under control, I hope you dont end up with the needles, and no your not a wimp, it's normal to dread the thought…just stay on top of your diet and do plenty of excercise, and you should be okay, I didnt do this and this is why I'm on Insulin, lotsa of luck…keep in touch and let me know how all turns out for you, K?

Sinjolj 2011-04-03 10:45:41 -0500 Report

Hi Wanda my name is LaMar and i just found out i am a diabetic, so i feel your pain sista. I have also found that my diet affects my sugar, and i have just started taking my pills. It makes me nervous to think i might have to start taking the needle, so i will pray of for both of us!

cograndma 2011-04-03 18:17:02 -0500 Report

I have been a diabetic for almost 15 yrs and at one time I was on insulin for a while. You just have to look at from the perspective, that if shooting drugs is the only way to keep you controlled and healthy, it is worth it. When we decided to try insulin I just looked at the doctor and started balling, because I felt like a failure, but I got it all out and was able to go forward and shoot my own drugs. In my case we still could not control my sugars, so after about two years I asked to be put on Byetta… I love it!! but I still have to shoot drugs…but all I can say is that we need to watch our sugars each and every day and if this is what it takes to stay healthy, I am all for it!!!

Wandalita 2011-04-03 10:51:43 -0500 Report

I have been taking pills for about 6 yrs, when my doctor said it was time to give my body a rest and start me on Insulin, I was really scared, but it turned out to be okay, it's a hag having to polk yourself all the time, but no worse than taking piills everyday. Thanks for responding…

Sinjolj 2011-04-03 11:19:20 -0500 Report

well i don't want to sound like a wimp, but i don't think i can do the needles, it's bad enough i have to take my sugar count ever day, and i get a little queezy from blood, but i am hoping and praying i don't have to there, but i fear i will!

realsis77 2011-04-03 13:10:20 -0500 Report

Hi I felt the exact way you do when I first got put on insulin. But honestly now I feel sooo much better and I'm under tight control! My levels are close to perfect! I never thought id be able to say that! The needles don't hurt at all and really the benifits far out weigh the alternative. Don't continue with high sugar because damage will occur! When my pills didn't work for me my doctor immeditaly put me on insulin. I'm glad now he did! I was so scared at first but soon came to realiize the needles don't hurt at all. It hurts far worse to test your blood! Also there is usually no bleeding when injecting. Sometimes there is a small amount of blood but very rarely.if you do need insulin you will soon realize how much better you will feel and the injections become second nature to give. I don't even feel a pinch when I do them! I wish you the very best. If you do need insulin remember its not the end of the world and its not a punishment its another tool to help you control your sugar and it works great! If I can help in any way just ask ok? Good luck and God bless!

cograndma 2011-04-03 18:18:59 -0500 Report

Have you tried testing our blood on your arm… WAY much better than the finger. It doesn't hurt at all, it is wonderful!!!