By Latest Reply 2014-01-17 23:09:38 -0600
Started 2011-05-13 18:00:34 -0500

im 20 years old and i recently got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and i camt seem to find the motivation to make myself better noone in my family has it so they dont understand i really need advice

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cograndma 2014-01-17 23:02:21 -0600 Report

I have had type 2 diabetes for about 15 years. I too am the only one in my family that has diabetes. My father would always say to us girls "I see you've gained some weight. What have you been eating". He couldn't just give a compliment and it made it really hard to stay motivated to visit him. I am also an empty nester and really feel your despair and being unmotivated. I see that your post was a long time ago and hope that you have since gotten some motivation. Let me know what works for you because right now I too am very unmotivated.

frustated 2011-05-24 10:41:59 -0500 Report

i know its hard when your young and it feels like you are now different. Well you are you now have to take care of yourself a little bit different but you can still do they same as others you have diabeties but it doesnt have you. stay healthy you now have others that can give you advise the world is big and so is this connection all you have to do is ask

diabetesfree 2011-05-16 00:03:23 -0500 Report

Motivation is a tough one. Different things motivate different people. Find out what really motivates you to take action and somehow tie that in to your need to take steps to improve your health. Hey, it might work! Take care. Van

Tender Tips
Tender Tips 2011-05-13 23:06:42 -0500 Report

Hi Jen: I also want to put in a plug for asking your doctor to refer you to a diabetic educator. I have found them to be very helpful. Once you meet with one, you can call them with any questions you have. Try not to get overwhelmed-take it one day at a time and tackle one new change at a time. Good luck to you!

Tabitha21 2011-05-13 22:51:38 -0500 Report

Hey! Im 21 yrs old and im newly diagnoised as well..I totally understand what you mean by not having any motivation. All the fun and happiness i had has basically went away. U have to start understanding that this is a condition and not a disease. Dont let the walls close in on you like me, i basically became so depressed i shut everyone out and with being a diabetic i recently have had alot of other complications that has came from that and ive only been a diabetic for i kno it can be overwhelming sometimes but you got to understand that life hasnt ended, it just took a different path, now u gotta find happiness along with coping with being a diabetic. Although you dont have a family member thats going theu the same thing, they can still help u..just listen to what they are saying..with each day things will get better and back to the way they was, ull find the motivation, im still searching for mind as well but im better then yesterday and the day before that, and eventually you will start noticing that your better as well. Maybe you can find someone that you can talk to and they will listen and help you get motivated and be motivated with you. I wish you tha best of luck sweetheart. We all need it. :)

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-13 22:49:25 -0500 Report

I shut down for a few months. Not the best medical plan. It is extremely frustrating. I guess the best way to look at it is, you have to learn to crawl before you walk, walk before you run. It WILL come.
Do sell a group like this short. It can be so helpful and keeps you from feeling that you have ni support.

Harlen 2011-05-13 20:17:13 -0500 Report

Motivation hummm???
Do you wish to be there when and if you have kids?
Do you wish to keep your feet ????
Do you like to see?
this is all the things you will lose if you dont take care of your self
You are the only you there is and if you will not take care of you then who will??
You have a long life to travel and there will be times that are worth every thing your going thru and you will wish to be there when they happen
Best wishes

Kirla 2011-05-13 20:15:17 -0500 Report

I found controlling my blood sugar real easy. I just stopped eating high carb starchy foods and started to eat lots of low carb vegetables and to drink lots of water throughout the day. It didn’t take long for my blood sugar to come down. I recommend you research low carb diets like Atkins or South Beach. I believe following a low carb diet is what helped me the most. This is what I believe helped me.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

cograndma 2014-01-17 23:09:38 -0600 Report

This really helps. For the past three months my sugars have been running between 200 and 300. I also gained 20 lbs over the holidays. I am an empty nester and just emailed my two daughters and asked them if they wanted to get together once a week via email and let each other what they are doing to lose weight or maybe something they read that works for them. I want us to work together and be each others cheering section. I think that if I know I will be accountable to someone other than myself, I will do better and maybe lower my sugars and lose some weight. Good luck with your progress.

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