Just diagnosed

By ebony2288 Latest Reply 2011-05-24 08:33:07 -0500
Started 2011-05-13 21:26:16 -0500

I was just diagnosed yesterday with type 2 diabetes. My blood glucose level is still high and I started metformin yesterday and have been eating right. When first diagnosed how long does it usually take to become normal range? Also how can I curve cravings for the foods that got me here in the first place?

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ebony2288 2011-05-24 08:33:07 -0500 Report

I haven't had cravings but I know Saturday is going to be crazy. We are celebrating my mom's 60th bday and we are goin out to eat. But I plan to eat right and exercise all week because I at least want to enjoy a very little piece of cake since I can't enjoy all the good food!

2011-05-17 20:34:22 -0500 Report

ebony2288~~ Give the drug a good 12-24 weeks to show any type of normalcy in the bg range. And as for the cravings? They will slowly get lessen, and then by the time the Metformin takes affect you'll barely notice the cravings.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-05-16 14:20:06 -0500 Report

i just found out on May 3rd that I have type 2 diabetes for me the cravings have not been an issue yet and hopefully never. For I just lost my mother and my aunt within 3 month of each other do to diabetes so for me I'll pass on anything
that unheathly. Best of luck to you!l

ebony2288 2011-05-17 18:57:22 -0500 Report

Thanks! Sorry for your lost. I also lost an aunt to diabetes complications, and my mother and 2 of my aunts have diabetes. Since being diagnosed they have really been supportive about what to eat and how to cope with this new way of life. Good luck to you.

ebony2288 2011-05-15 23:32:03 -0500 Report

thanks graylin and trudie. I know I am going to be constantly tested because my friends eat out all the time, but I will find other alternatives on the menu.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-15 21:31:20 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC.
It varies as to how long you get to normal. For me it has been around 1 year, but there were other medical problems that helped keep the BG higher.
Cravings can get worse if you keep saying no to them. I always remember I can have 1 - 3 bites of anything I want. Sometimes I find the food doesn't taste as good as I thought it would.
There are substitutions for some things. 1 jelly belly has 1 carb. 5 of the caramel corn ones can last me an hour. Sometimes if its the crunch you crave go for cucumber slices, baby carrots, jicama, or dill pickles.
Maybe you can make what you crave more carb friendly. I used to crave Old School Fries with cheese and sauted mushrooms. When i analyzed it the best part was the mushrooms. I can make sauted mushrooms at home and avoid all those extra carbs.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2011-05-15 15:12:57 -0500 Report

Everyone is different in how long it takes to get their levels down. Stay in touch with your doctor in case he needs to make alterations on your dosage etc. . As for the cravings I've found that once I started eating right that my cravings have subsided. Sure I still see snickers bar and wish I had one, but I have learned to look for sugar free alternatives. Check with your doctor and see if he can suggest a diabetic educator. Welcome to Diabetic Connections. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I've learned so much and have received wonderful encouragement here.

ebony2288 2011-05-14 13:40:24 -0500 Report

Thanks all for the encouragement and tips! It feels good to have some support. I know this will be hard and a journey but I know I want to live a long and healthly life, so I must work at it. Thanks again!

Harlen 2011-05-14 05:29:58 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First off you did not do this to you .If your diabetic you were always going tobe .
Then when I was fisr DX I needed all the info I was abel to take in so here is a place the will give it all to you even if it is a bit dry
Helped me so much I guss I needed it dry lol lol
Best wishes

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-05-13 22:23:08 -0500 Report

It took about 3 months for me to get ny numbers under control. I was diagnosed in June of 2009 and my numbers were in the high 300's. One of the problems for me was I was not eating but one small meal each day. It took a lot of work to get myself to eat more because frankly I just got so tired if dealing with it.
Just take this step by step. It can be very difficult to wrap your head around it all. Find a diabetes educator to learn as much as you can. I hope you gave a good support system. I find coming here really helpful.
So welcome! I shall keep you in my prayers.

Kirla 2011-05-13 21:40:57 -0500 Report

It took about 6-8 weeks for my blood sugar to approach normal numbers. This is what I believe helped me the most.

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

gibsony 2011-05-13 21:33:26 -0500 Report

after you eat the right foods for a while the cravings curb. i was the biggest junk food junkie ever and i still crave things just not like i used to. it does get easier but you have to want it.