I found out a month ago that I have type 2 diabetes. I was surprised to say the least, because for the last 27 years I have been repeatedly diagnosed as hypoglycemic. In the past year, my blood sugar started swinging and then it finally stayed high.
Before I was diagnosed, I started making changes in my diet. Like, I used to eat huge bowls of popcorn from a popper, no butter, just salt, every day. Then I cut the size in half, then fewer days, then none at all. Also, I used to drink those large double-cup size cups with lots of creamer, 3-4 evey morning. I cut those down to one a day, then one a week, then cut the creamer to less than half in the one cup. So I had already made a lot of changes before I found out I was diabetic. So making a few more changes wasn't that difficult - cutting down the sizes of meat & rice/pasta. I love potatoes, but they always put me to sleep, so I rarely ate them.
Anyway, before I met the diabetes team, I downloaded a diabetic food schedule & followed it. It took a week to get me in for my test kit, another week to meet the dietitian & they said I had already made the needed changes, and a week after that I met with my doctor again. My blood sugar was still bouncing around a little bit, so she put me on some medicine. But the good thing is, in one month I lost 20 pounds!!!!! I can't begin to say how thrilled I am about that! (I gained 100 pounds. I don't know if I will be able to lose all of it, but I'm trying. I gained 60 pounds in one month from a medication 5 1/2 years ago, never able to lose an ounce of it. The other 40 came on more recently from steroids, but my doctor is refusing to give any more, so maybe I can lose it now as well. Doesn't medicine stink?!)
But I am happy that I've been able to adapt to my new life style rather easily. My husband also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 2 days ago & while he has been following the diet at dinner with no problem (other than he doesn't like the small size of meat), he is having a harder time with it at work. He is a painter which involves strenuous work. He is used to a candy bar & soda morning & afternoon for a break & often fast food for lunch. I've spent quite a bit of time teaching him about carbs & fats & sugars, etc. He has to have breaks, but they need to be healthy, so that is something he will have to discuss with the dietitian. He will be able to do, but I think it will be more of a struggle for him. I also think his blood sugar must have been much worse than mine because he was started on medicine before he even started doing his daily testing.
But, I just wanted to say I just found out, that I'm adjusting well, and that I'm making good progress. I hope everyone else does as well too.
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