Hello my name is Helene and I am new here.....

By helene0763 Latest Reply 2011-07-06 22:46:33 -0500
Started 2011-07-04 17:53:04 -0500

I am newly diagnosed type 2. Actually it has been a little over a month. I have been trying to do this by myself..but it is just not working. I am currently taking Metformin 500 mg twice daily and checking my blood sugar 2-3 times per day (sometimes more)…When I am at normal range, it is always at the higher end…My mornings are always the highest…generally in the afternoon I am within normal range, and in the evenings generally slightly above normal, unless I eat something I know I am not suppose to eat…then of course it is a lot higher :(

I plan on reading through all of these posts and taking advantage of the downloaded low carb recipe book…I just wanted to introduce myself because I am not exactly sure where I need to start

Happy 4th by the way

17 replies

50Jewels 2011-07-06 22:46:33 -0500 Report

Welcome, I am new at this too and this site is wonderful. You never have to feel like you are doing it on your own because friends are always there with answers. Don't be afraid to ask questions even if you think they are silly. One thing I have learned so far is getting it under control is a daily task and not to give up just because you have a bad day.

Copperchef 2011-07-05 11:21:20 -0500 Report

Hi, try eating a snack before bed time. Your blood sugar may drop too low in the middle of the night, so your body counters by releasing hormones to raise the sugar levels. This could happen if you did not have enough of a bedtime snack.
Another good aid is to get a referral from your doctor to see both a diabetic educator-dietician and an Endocrinologist. Both will prove vital to give you a better handle on this disease.

Flustrated 2011-07-05 09:38:10 -0500 Report

Hi, this is a great site to come on for info about D. I get a lot of info. I've been diabetic for more than 4 year or maybe more. I started with pills bec I was affraid of insulin. I didn't do to good bec my A1C always was 10, it took a long time and insulin to get it to 7.1 and I'm still trying. Just celebrated our 50 Anniversare and was freaking out about going to a buffet lunch. Didn't do has good has I thought I would but that's O.K. I was on cloud nine anyway and still there. lol I had to give myself an extra shot when I got home. Only one unit. August will be another A1C and I'm not sure were I'll be. Yep! that's our rescue bassett she had a lot of problems and was very skinny. Now she gained weight and today she has been with us 2 years. She is honestly spoiled. You must have a ball with 2. Nice meeting you.

Hinboyz3 2011-07-05 09:04:49 -0500 Report

Welcome and enjoy the site along with all of us, it's so wonderful to be able to connect to others all over the world, and enjoy lifestyle changes together. We are always here for you send me a message anytime day or night, that's what friends are for.

Marytea 2011-07-05 08:50:11 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC community. You will love it. You sound like you have taken control and that's great. I was diagnosed Type 2 in May of this year. Taking 500 mg of metformin at night only. You didn't mention it but be sure to include some exercise. I walk nearly everyday or do the WII fitness programs. Take good care of yourself. Don't be afraid to ask any question.

GabbyPA 2011-07-05 07:26:02 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard! I hope you enjoy the site and that you are able to find all kinds of helpful information here. There is a great group of people here.

What you might want to look at is "dawn Phenomenon" http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=dawn+phenomenon&by=relevancy
This sounds like what you struggle with in the mornings. I have the same issue. It makes me crazy, but as long as I go down during the day, I am happy.

I also have posted notes from my diabetes education class that I took. It was a great class and was a 9 week course. There are 7 total, here is a link to some. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/3058-tcoyd-class-1
and so on...there is also a TCOYD conference that might be coming to a city near you. http://tcoyd.org/san-diego-mini-series/july-27-2011.html

There are some good places to start. Let me know if I can help in any other way.

eristar 2011-07-05 06:09:27 -0500 Report

Welcome! I was diagnosed as T2 last year, and have been visiting this site for awhile now - there is a lot of good information and support here, so keep on coming back!

Hinboyz3 2011-07-05 09:08:51 -0500 Report

Their is so much information and so many new friends here on the site, I truly do enjoy coming onto the site and talking to anyone of my friends and just seeing how things are going in daily life for everyone. I too was diagnosed 2 years ago type 2, so together we can all get through anything.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-05 02:36:46 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. Your plan of reading the posts worked great for me. I learned most of what I know about Diabetes here.

NavyNerd 2011-07-04 19:43:11 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard!

I don't know if it helps any but when I first started with discovering how my body dealt with diabetes I had a doc who suggested that my high AM sugars were from a dawn effect- my sugars dropped about 2 am, and then skyrocketed to compensate. I started setting an alarm to check my sugars and kept my moniter by the bed. Sure enough I dropped like a rock in teh early AM. I started having a little snack before bed, usually something with proteins that would give less of a spike, and would keep me through the 2 am low. It helped a lot.. It started to become a habit and now that I have an insulin regimine (I was on metformin then, and its been years ago) I have a fasting BS that is much closer to 100, usually right about that. Peanut butter on half an apple, etc. that sort of stuff works well for me to keep it in line.

helene0763 2011-07-04 19:53:42 -0500 Report

Wow..that is very interesting..and I just finished posting (on another post) how I never take my BG between 2-4am…maybe I should try setting my alarm for 2 and taking it then…Thank you so much for that wealth of information. I think I am going to become a lot more comfortable with myself and my eating habits from this board..Everyone has been so friendly and so full of good advise…

NavyNerd 2011-07-04 23:58:31 -0500 Report

No problem :) I was lucky when I got a diagnosis: I was a gestational diabetic to start, and my mom is diabetic and was a diabetic counselor for years. I didn't have a very good doc then when it came to my diabetes so I went on a hunt for info (his advice was don't eat sweets you will be fine) My mom was a wealth, and when I got a type 2 diagnosis 2 months after I had my kiddo, I started Metformin and the long road to figuring it out. That first doc was the one who said that, and my my mom said, That really makes sense! She has teh same issues sometimes, and she was teh one who helped me figure out the snacking thing.

You'll get there too :) Just takes a little time and digging around..

CaliKo 2011-07-04 19:41:21 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site! I hope you find what you are looking for. Just ask a question any time you are wondering about anything. Good luck!

chucha 2011-07-04 19:00:37 -0500 Report

Welcome. You will meet alot of nice people out there. I have been with diabetic connect since 2009. You will find alot of great recipes to try.

Happy 4th