Newly Diagnosed

By DJackwon Latest Reply 2011-04-19 21:10:22 -0500
Started 2011-04-16 12:41:57 -0500

Hi everyone

I am a newly diagnosed, type 2 diabetic. My last glucose was 126 A. I have now been scheduled for diabetic counseling, a series of classes to educate me on this disease. I also had testing by a cardiologist, a pulmonolgist, a sleep study and the list and Dr's appt's go on and on. Thus far I have not been put on medication for the diabetes. Nor have I been advised to keep track of my blood sugar counts. {I do plan to talk to my Dr about that because I am tired all the time, have to force myself to eat and then again am not real sure what changes I should be making.

I really do not want to have to go on medication, and I think I have dropped about 30 pounds, rather quickly. Now on one hand for me they say dropping weight would be good for my heart, and lowering my bad cholesterol which is at 119, and should be under 100. Yet to me the weight loss seems a bit on the fast side.

I am not a very patient person, I want to know everything all at once so I know what I can do to prevent the need for medication or shots. And the complications that follow. Suggestions for recipes that are compatable with lowering cholesterol and keeping eating healthy would be gratefully accepted.

Thank you!

15 replies

blessedbeing 2011-04-18 09:37:17 -0500 Report

Welcome! I was diagnosed in March and just finished my classes. That's where I got my meter. My doctor was a lot like yours and let the diabetes nurse tell me what I needed to do. I'm not on any medications. My Dr. lets his patients try to use diet, exercise and weight loss first.

I've lost 38 pounds since the end of January. My doctor said that the diabetes could be making me lose weight and that once it was under control I might gain. But I had already decided to go on a low carb diet and that's why I've lost weight. What a coincidence. Didn't know I had diabetes but had already cut my carbs. Ironic.

Anyway, we need to watch our intake of carbohydrates. That's what makes our numbers go up. Exercise helps them go down. Find out about healthy fats. I personally don't believe in low fat diets although diabetic educators will most likely try to steer you in that direction.

CaliKo 2011-04-17 15:12:33 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I spent a couple of months just looking at my plate like the food was poison or something. Took awhile for me to get past that and I lost the first 20 pounds in the first couple of months. I cut almost all the fat out of my diet, thinking less would be better. Not really true, we need the good fats, and I learned to add back in olive oil, nuts, avocados, in reasonable amounts. When you go to your classes you should get a meal plan that tells you how many calories you should have in a day, and how those calories should be divided between protein, carbs and fats. A Calorie King booklet will help you plan your meals according to your meal plan. I got a free copy in class.
I got my meter during class too, and was taught how to use it. The teacher suggested far more testing than my doctor, but he keeps writing prescriptions for the test strips as often as I ask. You don't have to have a prescription to buy a meter and supplies, but that way your insurance will share the cost.
The weight loss, good diet and some daily exercise will help you delay drugs for as long as possible, but once your body needs help to keep the blood glucose down, don't be hesitate to take them. The complications from rising glucose levels are far worse than the drugs.
The American Heart Association has lots of recipes (and published cookbooks) that are both heart-healthy and diabetes-friendly. Once you have a meal plan, it will be easier to pick and choose, but in the meantime, just try to reduce carbs, and make the carbs you choose be from whole grains, lots of veggies, and small amounts of some fruits, like berries.
Check out some of the AHA recipes here, but know they are not all appropriate for diabetics.
Good luck!

pixsidust 2011-04-16 23:13:48 -0500 Report

Diet is the biggest component. I do not mean diet as in starve. I mean diet as in eat right and make carb counting your way of life. I was diagnosed 2/17/11. Here is what I learned in my first 5 weeks

jayabee52 2011-04-17 12:57:20 -0500 Report

diet as in Eating Plan! (I like to use that term to avoid confusion)

Dixiemom 2011-04-19 20:16:19 -0500 Report

I hate the word "diet". It makes me feel as if I'm being deprived of food. I am not a food aholic and I have watched my food intake for several years because of my neuropathy. Eating plan sounds a whole lot better.

jayabee52 2011-04-19 20:54:54 -0500 Report

Diet is a German meetingwhich makes generally bad decisons! LoL!

The Lutherans talk about the "Diet of worms" (really appetizing LoL!)

garysgal 2011-04-16 21:16:20 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome! We're all in the same boat ( and it sometimes feels like it is sinking!) It is nice to share info. I was diagnosed about 13 years ago and I started walking and eating right and I lost 30 lbs really fast. My dr. had me go to the diettition and take the classes and I learned how to eat, what to eat and then searched the internet to learn all I could. I stayed off medication for over 11 years and then just recently had to go on Metformin because I couldn't control the blood sugar in the evening and was waking up higher than when I went to bed. I had used herbs to control the blood sugar and exercised everyday and carefully counted each meal. My last A1C was 6.2 and now I wake up lower in the morning. Sometimes I have to eat a snack in the middle of the night because I drop too low, but I don't mind that. If you are looking for good diabetic receipes, try the internet. There are some really good websites that will help.

Hopieland 2011-04-16 16:39:36 -0500 Report

Hi. Welcome to DC. When I was diagnosed (Dx) about 5 yrs ago I went straight into denial. Paying for it now and consider that a wakie wakie call. It concerns me you Doc haven't provided a glucose meter for you or at the lest, told you about testing your #'s (blood glucose & Ac1). If you don't know where your #s are, you're kinda in the dark about how and what to eat/not eat, and how you're doing. Tracking your #'s is vital. You'll learn each PWD has different needs as far as management is concerned. it took me, with my PCP (Primary Care Person) about a year to bring my #'s to a normal level. It just takes time. A friend told me yrs ago I have not one patient bone in my body, so I understand your wanting to learn everything all at once. There are several basics to learn first, the learning what works for managing YOUR D will fall into place if you work at it consistently. T2 (Type 2 D) can be managed with diet, exercise and a med called Metformin, but that isn't for everyone. It can SEEM, and I emphasize SEEM to be confusing at first. Jay knows his stuff about D and I listen to all his recommendations. You will find friends here and very quickly find this a family type community. Do research, but ask LOTS of questions here and of your PCP. I'm concerned about your rapid weight loss, too. I would ask your PCP as many questions as you can think of, and listen to his/her level of real knowledge about D. If it sounds like he/she doesn't really relate to D and YOU as a PWD, you may need to change your PCP. Meanwhile, have fun looking around here and inviting friends. This site is such a help in so many ways. One thing NOT to do is to try to Dx or treat yourself. Too many things can "hide" without a Doc's care. I, too am looking forward to hearing more from you. Hugs 2 ya and don't panic. D CAN be managed and even tamed. We're here for you.

jayabee52 2011-04-16 16:04:41 -0500 Report

Howdy "D", welcome to DC!

Even though you've not been told to record your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") it would be useful if you did. Most meters have memories but writing them down keeps them longer than the memory in most meters (15 - 30 days).

About how long did it take to lose that 30 lbs? If it was much below 1 month, it might be rather rapid.

It is not my desire to unnecessarily alarm you, but one of the reasons persons with diabetes ("PWDs") would lose weight quickly is if your body was in Diabetic KetoAcidosis ("DKA"). That can put you in the hospital, a coma, and if not corrected can be fatal. DKA has been a large topic of discussion here on DC. Heres a list of such discussions:

To tell if you're spilling ketones in your urine, go to the pharmacy and pick up some Ketostix. (you may have to ask Pharmacist for them).

You say you're not a patient person. It would be good as a PWD to learn patience. It is a frustrating condition. If you attempt to learn more than your brain can hold at one time, you run the risk of giving up, and perhaps going into denial and doing nothing to control your Diabetes ("DM").

I liken learning about DM to a marthon rather than a sprint. If you expend all your energy on the sprint you'll burn out before you get to the marathon's finish line.

One of the other regulars here, Ray731, says "Baby stems, take Baby steps". You'll eventually get there and will do well controlling your DM

Blessings to you and yours "D"


realsis77 2011-04-16 13:27:24 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome. I've been type two for 9 months. I take two different types of insulin to control my sugar. Since I got on my insulin I have a lot more enegery! Learn as much as possiable because knowledge is power! I bought severral books on "the newly diagnosed diabetic" from amazon and they have been of great help to me. The books go over food and what's best and what's not, it gives an explanation of the disease, it goes over medication options, it touches on how your feeling emotionally and is very supportive. Its really helped me develop a positive attitude toward my diabetes.there are many titles to choose from and some even have recipies in them. I really think that would be of great help to you. I know the books really helped me a lot! I don't know what I would have done without them or this site. Its really good to learn as much as possiable now. Books are a great way to do that. All my books were reasonably priced and came very fast. So that's an idea on how to learn as much as possiable in a short amount of time. I hope this helps you in some way. I look foward to hearing from you in the future and hearing how your doing. If in fact you need to use medication to control your diabetes, that's ok. Think of it as a tool to help you. I tried the pills when I was first diagnosed but they did nothing for me. Not everyone can control their diabetes will pills diet and exercise. I couldn't. I needed insulin. Everyone is different. Work closely with your doctor and come up with a treatment plan that works for you. I wish you the best and God bless

DJackwon 2011-04-18 14:54:22 -0500 Report

To all who responded thank you! It's great to have a place to check in and talk with people who understand the confusion and how frightening it can be. I did do two things that made me feel better and more in control. I called my Dr's office [who was on vacation] but I was able to see her nurse. Told her my concerns about the weight loss, and basically feeling lousy, and asked if I could get a script to moniter my blood sugar.

Not only did she do that, she explained some shopping I could do to help myself while waiting for the nutrition classes that are coming up. My fasting blood was 125, and two hours after eating and talking a walk through the entire store, and then later a walk around the block, my blood was 153, not great but I feel good about starting something and will keep working on it.