Hello Was Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Yesterday

By mindy85027 Latest Reply 2011-11-23 15:13:27 -0600
Started 2011-06-22 02:38:58 -0500

Hello My name is Mindy. Yesterday afternoon I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I am 30 years old and I think it finally sunk in how serious this is. I have been monitoring my blood sugar since September of last year due to the fact that I startred shaking very badly in my husbands car. I didnt know what was wrong. Thankfully my husband knew what to do since his father is diabetic. He went to the store to buy a meter and we tested it. The very first glucose test was at 64. Since then it has been all over the place. The highest I saw it was a reading of 249 and that scared the day lights out of me. That was two weeks ago and finally went to the doctor yesterday and he confirmed what I have been suspecting. Now he wants to do all of this blood work told me I needed to loose at least 20lbs and wants me to go to these classes so I can learn what to eat and what not to eat. I am a little freaked out now because I have never had to actually watch what I ate before and I have no idea how to manage it. I do not want to be careless because I know it can cause more harm and have me be more ill. I am also a bit sad because I really love ice cream and coca cola and the doctor said it is not good for you to eat these things anymore. He said it was good before but its even worse for you now. Part of me thinks I am 30 years old and I shouldnt have to have this. That 30 year olds arent suppose to be sick and have these types of problems. I am also a little bit angry for not taking better care when I had the opprotunity to take care. Anyway thanks for allowing me to post its good to know that I am not the only one out there with this problem. I was also diagnosed with asthma today and I have to have two inhalers now. A recuse inhaler and steroid inhaler. So even though I had a good attitude yesterday at the doctors office. It didnt registure quite how serious this is and how my health has declined and I am still young. But from now on I made an oath that I will do everything on time and more frequent so I do not get worse. Glad you all are here and have your sanity because I am started to feel like I dont have any at all.

36 replies

lmkilday 2011-06-30 01:02:12 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, I felt like I was being deprived because of the changes I had to make in food purchases, but then I found I can still enjoy many of the same foods. I just needed to find alternative methods for making my favorites. For example, I found a way to make a low carb pizza by using a low carb flour tortilla, spaghetti sauce, toppings and cheese. I can still have pudding as long as I use the sugar free kind. You can still have coca cola by switching to coke zero. Check this website for other ideas for making good tasting food that is also low carb.

tomecom 2011-06-26 07:23:27 -0500 Report

Mindy: go to CNET.com and download a free copy of the Diabetes Primer. You will learn a great deal about diabetes and how to take charge of it. It is designed to help newly diagnosed diabetics. Just type the name of the program into the search box and download it . It is easy and safe.
It will teach you all about the glycemic index, has a large glycemic index table, will teach you about properly hydrating your body, how to lose weight and exercise and tons more.
Since I downloaded it I have forwarded it to every diabetic that I know.

cupcake0923 2011-06-24 19:55:50 -0500 Report


pops1017 2011-06-25 22:08:54 -0500 Report

Hi cupcake0923; I just found I have diabetic in May 2011. I ended up in the hosptil on Thurs morning with a sugar level over 900. But the doctors said,[ i sould have been dead r in a coma]. It suprise all the doctors n nurses that none those things went bad 4 me. They thought i was i going 2 b scare but i wasn t because i ve been reading about it 4 yrs. Plus diabets runs in my family n my mother family. I was prepare 4 a long time. But i give thanks 2 god 4 his mercy n grace. So don t b scare i m type 2. Have faith in god n he will b bring u through any thing r problem. U havve 2 do your part 2.

favefive 2011-06-24 08:04:44 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy, don't worry, you can do it. The first thing is acceptance— it took me sometime too. But, once it sinks in— create a plan. Read books and online materials about diabetes. You're doing the right thing by joining groups like this. We're almost the same, except that I'm older than you. I had asthma before diabetes. I also have two inhalers. In a way, being diagnosed with diabetes helped me with my asthma. When I dropped 50 lbs through diet and exercise, my asthma got better. Not that it's gone since there's no cure, but my bouts with asthma was lesser than before. I guess part of my asthma problem was brought about by my weight. Just watch what you eat…I know, it's easier said than done and may take a while. But, you'll get used to it. I walk 3x a day, 15-20 mins each time. TYou'll be surprised what walking can do. hen, cut down on bad carbs. Like I said, you can do it! We're here for you.

Armourer 2011-06-24 03:38:01 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family that is here at DC. Know that you are not alone in your feelings, we have all been there. I've had diabetes for thirteen years. The first few years I did a lot of denying and am now paying for it with neuropathy in feet and hands and retinopathy in my eyes. Go to the diabetes education classes, they will teach you how to manage your diet. It's okay to go off diet once in a while, just know that you will pay for it later. Hopefully it time the temptation won't be so great. Lower carbs, higher fiber and protein. Best to you!

Elrond 2011-06-23 23:01:25 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy,
let me add my welcome to our family. Certainly being diagnosed with diabetes is far from the best news you could get but you did the best thing possible by coming here. Above all, follow your' doctor's advice but we have your back. Knowledge is power and you've come to a place where there are several hundred years of experience in dealing with diabetes. When I was diagnosed back in the 80's, I had no internet to help me and my doctor wasn't much help either. In that respect, you're more fortunate. So look around, ask questions, and learn what you can. There are many friendly people here and we're here to help. Once again, welcome.

runthe 2011-06-23 12:57:44 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy and welcome to DC. I was dignosed year and a half ago. There are a lots of people here that can help you and give you the encouragements that you need. I take steroid myself for my RA and it keeps my BS high and keeps the weight on me. i know it seems that that everything is happening to you at once but it will get better over time. take care and lots of internet hugs

MrsCDogg 2011-06-23 05:27:11 -0500 Report

Mindy, you have the opportunity to take care of yourself now. You are definitely not alone. All of us here have the same types of problems that you do. Hang out with us here at DC! It's a good place.

Truckers home
Truckers home 2011-06-23 01:48:56 -0500 Report

Hey Mindy! glade to see you found us. Im 38 and was diagnosed as pre diabetic last june. It can be managed you just have to watch what you eat and try to work out. As for the steroid inhaler try not to use it because I know from first hand experience that it helps put ON weight. You might want to ask your Dr for something better with our the steroids. I had asthma as a child and I was very active but kept gaining weight and not I can't get it off. Pls for your sake Talk to your DR.

dunkerms 2011-11-23 15:07:35 -0600 Report

I was there—thought my Doctor was wrong—then I was mad at my Mom and Dad,not to mention my husband and every one else in the world…that went on for a week or more..then I sat down and cried…good ole self pity…then I was determined if I watch my diet a little and exercise a little the whole problem would just go away…Today I signed up for this support group…And I can now say it I am Boarderline Diabetic and I need a little help and support…takes a while to get to the point that you can say it…

GabbyPA 2011-11-23 15:13:27 -0600 Report

You just have to deal with all that emotion and it seems like you had a good view of what was going on. Honesty with yourself will go very far and it was so great to hear you share these things. We all experience them in some way.

jayabee52 2011-06-23 03:01:41 -0500 Report

steroids also raise your Blood glucose readings. My bride "Jem" had COPD, and RA and Lupis. When any one of those acted up she needed a cortisone shot or prednisone pills. We always had a time getting her BG#s below 200 for 3 or 4 wks after a course of prednisone.

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-06-22 22:38:14 -0500 Report

Hello Mindy! I'm so glad that you found this site! There are so many great people on here that can help you & encourage you. There is always a way on here to find the answers to any question that you may have. I was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on May 13th and I am the only one in my family that has it. The people, articles, ect. have helped me so much. I had no one I could talk to that could help me until I found this site. By the time I went for my class I had learned everything already from this site plus more. So glad you are here!!!

crosslady2010 2011-06-22 21:23:16 -0500 Report

Mindy, Welcome to the group! You are going to find a lot of loving, caring people at DC ! We are all walking in the same shoes… so do not be afraid to open up the way you did today OK? The only dumb question is the one not asked! I believe the others will agree with me when I say… We will help you learn and deal the best way we can. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Oct. of 2010. In Jan. of this year My doctor gave me a strong warning of the pearls of uncontrolled Diabetes… I took her advise lost 20lbs and my numbers are now in the controlled range. I took the Learning to Live with Diabetes Class at my local hospital and I am glad I did. I learned a lot! Be patient with your self because living with Diabetes is a life style change. I believe I am correct by telling you… Your main goal right now is to get your Diabetes under control. Are you on any meds for your Diabetes? I am not. My doctor wanted to try diet and exercise first… and guess what… It is working!!! Try not to be afraid… Just take this bull by the horns and know you are going to beat it!!! OK ?Read the articles that are put here on the site… They are really helpful. Keep us informed as to how you are doing! God Bless You, Naomi :)

Dixiemom 2011-06-22 19:20:43 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy, First, welcome to Diabetic Connect. This sight is your support group, sounding board and information highway. We are all from different walks of life but have this disease in common. I feel your confusion. I was diagnosed in Feb. I think that sometimes I'm still in denial. I haven't attended any classes but have learned from friends.My numbers are low, not over 162, which it was this morning, 2 hrs. after breakfast. I know I need to go back to the Dr. . I found 2 books on Amazon.com which afre very helpful. Blood Sugar 101 by Jenny Ruhl and The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes by Gretchen E. Becker. I downloaded them to the Kindle on my laptop but they do have hard copies. Take one day at a time and don't let yourself be overwhelmed by problems.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-06-22 15:45:51 -0500 Report

HI Mindy!

Glad to have you with us on Diabetic Connect. This is the best place in the world to get support the road ahead.

It's always hard to make changes in our lives, especially the ones we don't want to make and didn't expect to have to make. Life has a way of throwing us some curveballs.

Sounds like your doctor is encouraging you to get informed about your condition. Knowledge is power. This will help you to get involved in your own self-care, and to stay as healthy as possible. Don't blame yourself for you think you did or didn't do in the past. The future is ahead!

Support is also really important. I hope you have people in your life who can listen to what's going on with you emotionally, and be a sounding board.

Stay in touch with us. And if you haven't already, you might want to check out our discussion for people facing asthma, Asthma Alliance.

Take care!


DJackwon 2011-06-22 15:30:48 -0500 Report

Hi Mindy and welcome to the DC family. Don't beat yourself up, with modification of diet and exercise, perhaps a little weight loss you can do this. It's ok to feel anger, its like the stages of grief..being a person with diabetes remember you are not the diabetes, and it can be controllled.

It's like with anything new, it takes time to adjust. A positive attitude does help, and determination does also. I was diagnosed 3/3/11, terrified and found this site.

I wish you well on this journey

- Debbie -

ston3xc 2011-06-22 14:32:15 -0500 Report

Your first step in the right direction, was to join the site! I was 22 when I was diagnosed, that was 33 years ago. The diet does take some time to get used to, but you will get to know your body, and you will feel better. The cravings go away after a little while. The secret is to wait them out. I personally, keep a couple of pieces of chocolate in the freezer. I know they are there, but the longer I can go without eating them seems like a personal victory.
There is alot of good advice to take advantage of. Of course, what works for one person, might not work for you. That's the real hard part about this diesease, it affects everyone differently. Ask questions, try recipes, watch the videos, utilize every aspect of tis site, and most of all, tell us your worries, we'll help you as much as we can. Hugs to you!!

Anonymous 2011-06-22 14:11:17 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed last week . I knew a lillte about because my mother had it. She died two years ago. I'm learning more about it since learning i have it. from eveything that i having read it said change alittle at atime. The first thing I'm changing some of the things i'm eating and adding excerise to my daily schedule.
But the best thing i can tell you is to read eveything you can find on diabetes

crosslady2010 2011-06-22 21:36:38 -0500 Report

I am so sorry you lost your Mom :( I lost a dear friend Feb.2009 due to complications of Diabetes :( I really do miss her. I watched her give up. That was confirmed after she died as I was going through her things… there was months of medicine she never took. She also suffered with the vascular problems in her legs, she had a stroke in Jan.2009 then walked into the grocery store and her heart exploded… How ironic the next year I was diagnosed with the same thing. So lets get this thing under control! One day Diabetes will be no more!!! God Bless you, Naomi

jayabee52 2011-06-22 13:45:47 -0500 Report

Howdy Mindy and WELCOME to DC. I really can't add much to what's already been said, except take a deep breath and relax a bit.

Yes, diabetes (DM) is a serious condition and needs to be controlled well, but you can lead a reasonably healthy life and once you get your Blood Glucose under control, you might be able to indulge in a small serving of ice cream from time to time if you can fit it into your carb allotment. (Coke on the other hand is too nasty IMO to even have a small amount)

Few people with diabetes (PWD) live like monks. We can live full, rich lives. Fortunately you have found DC soon after your Dx. I have been a PWD since 1995 but have learned so much more the past 3 years by being on DC than I had in all the years previous.

Learn all you can at the classes, but for me, at least, they were like trying to get a drink out of a firehose going full out! A lot of information in a VERY short period of time. Please ask here when you have questions. IMO The only stupid question is a SINCERE question which has not been asked! so ask away! You'll usually get something which could help you.

Praying for God's richest blessings to you and yours!

James Baker

Harlen 2011-06-22 13:08:52 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome Mindy
Just take it one step at a time dont try to do it all in one shot
You will get it all down it will just take time
Best wishes

realsis77 2011-06-22 11:44:55 -0500 Report

Welcome ! It sure can be scarey at first but if you learn as much as possiable that really helps because knowledge is power! I was diagnosed a year ago and put on pills. The pills didn't work fro me so I immediatly went to insulin. I take two different kinds of insulin a day. I think its nice that you will have the support from your husband because he is diabetic also and understands what your going through. I'm also fairly young and was diagnosed. So we must really stay on top of this disease! I want to welcome you to DC and hope to be reading your posts here soon! We are like a big family and we are happy you will be a part of it! Hang in there and God bless!

Gemm 2011-06-22 10:35:28 -0500 Report

hey Mindy Welcome and hope you can find the same support and learning experience that I've found here. I was diagnosed as diabetic only about a year ago after over 25 years of being hypoglycemic. I had been taking care of myself and still became diabetic. We often think this is something we can totally avoid when in fact there are so many factors at work in our system that even the best care can still go astray.

HUGS and good luck - don't ever be afraid to reach out here to ask whatever questions you have. I've found the folks here very understanding and supportive and willing to help answer whatever questions others have.


NikkieM76 2011-06-22 10:28:42 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic since 1999, I was 23 years old. My doctors are finally figuring that I am a latent Type 1 which means it hits you when older rather than younger. A lot of what I am reading makes me think that a lot of people think that having diabetes is a death sentence, however, you can live well as long as you watch what you eat and wioth moderation. I don't follow my diet religiously however I do take my sugars 4 times a day. I went through 2 pregnancies on diabetes. I made it full term unlike my aunt who was born type 1 both of her kids were born 10-12 weeks early. My son was 36 weeks and 4 days and my daughter was actually 40 weeks the day I delivered her. As long as you stay positive and upbeat you can handle everything. If you stress yourself. This will affect your blood sugars also. I have gone to the dieticians and everything. I have learned that a low carb high protein is the best method. I have about 20 carbs per snack and 40 carbs per meal. Half the time I do not even hit these quotas. All diabetes is lifestyle change. As long as you have willpower you can do it.

Marytea 2011-06-22 09:16:15 -0500 Report

I have recently been diagnosed at type 2 as well. I was shocked and a bit depressed. A dear friend who has had type 1 all her life wrote me this and it changed my attitude, "Type 2 diabetes can be tough, but it is also a blessing in disguise.Why? If you consider it another job, it wil give back to you by teaching you how to understand your body better and to take better care of yourself. If managed well, it can actually make you a heathier person." Stay positive and proactive and live your life well.

JoleneAL 2011-06-22 07:54:00 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC! I've been a TII PWD since 2004. I lost my thyroid in 2000 and I believe that helped contribute to the diabetes later on. I'm glad you found us here. This is a great site to learn from. No question is "dumb" so ask away! Each person is different in how they react to medications and food, but we all understand and someone will be able to know how you feel or need to react to something. Understand educating yourself is the best you can do for you and your team.

MewElla 2011-06-22 07:51:03 -0500 Report

We are so glad you found this diabetic site. There are so many diabetics on the site who have so much information that can really help you as well as be the support team you and I both need. Welcome…

GabbyPA 2011-06-22 07:21:48 -0500 Report

Well, you have come to the right place. This site is great and we are here to help. It sounds like you have a good handle on things and you are identifying your emotions and that puts you way ahead of a lot of us when we got our diagnosis. You can learn a lot here and make some great friends.
Here are some fun and informative videos to check out: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting

eristar 2011-06-22 06:59:06 -0500 Report

Welcome to the crew!
I was 60 when I was diagnosed last May - so had twice as many years of bad habits to try to overcome. It has take me this whole year to get my levels solidly under control, but knowing this group is here and reading what others have to say is so supportive and helpful. As for sanity - it's highly overrated! :) Hang in there, and keep us up to date!!

RAYT721 2011-06-22 06:00:09 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community! The thing with health issues are they are not in any way related to one's age. On the "good" side you are young enough to change the bad behaviors and replace them with healthier diet, treatments, and such. We have a number of people here with a number of conditions and experiences and we're all here to "chat." I think my biggest addiction now is with Diabetic Connect. There are many tabs of interesting, important, motivational, inspirational and educational topics. Again, Welcome!!!

Jean_J 2011-06-26 01:47:15 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 12 days ago. I was on vacation, and I still haven't seen my primary care doctor at home (will on Wednesday). It was a real shocker to me, as every time I've had labs, my glucose was fine. I was in ER for other stuff (COPD & pneumonia) 3x in April, and none of those picked up on high glucose. I was given maybe 45 min in the hospital of how to use the glucose machine, but first time out of the hospital I messed it up repeatedly until a stranger came over & asked if they could help. A stack of papers, but no really helpful discussion on how to manage diet. Testing about 4 times a day, and readings are usually near or over 200. When the paramedic sent me to the hospital, it was 446. My A1C at the hospital was 8.4. I think my 500 dose of metaformin might need to go to 1000, but I really have no idea what the doctor will say. The staff at the hospital said "almost all patients with levels as high as yours soon end up on shots". I sure hope to prove that wrong! I intend to see if my daughter's endocrinologist will take me on as a patient, as I really like her!! Daughter has no pituatary, so she has to have several hormones replaced. I was always told she might get diabetes due to that, but didn't think I ever would. No health insurance until I get MediCare in December. I have other health problems too. I didn't know that a course of prednisone would raise blood sugars! I was given 3 courses of it in April for very severe COPD. I have a nebulizer to use up to 4x per day. Breathing is lots better finally, but it was a shocker to be told I have type 2 diabetes.

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