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By heathersdesigns Latest Reply 2011-07-09 23:11:07 -0500
Started 2011-07-09 14:24:11 -0500

Hi I just joined, my name is Heather, 34 years old and was just diagnosed on Wednesday with possible type 2 diabetes. My doctors office called yesterday (Friday) The blood work that they took showed my A1C level to be at 11.4… My doctor put me on Metformin 1,000mg per day, and after the call Friday I was given a new prescription to use with my metformin called Amaryl 2mg per day and once my medical insurance kicks in I will be prescribed injections, they said its not insulin and it will be 1 or 2 times a day… I was so shocked at all that I didnt think to ask if I was now considered type 1 or still type 2? Can anyone answer that? I am scared with my diagnosis, I knew it was coming. I am monitoring my sugar before and 2hrs after each meal and at bed time. Any and all advice or answers would be great THANKS

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jimbobsquarepants 2011-07-09 23:11:07 -0500 Report

I am type II and was diagnosed 6 years ago. I have a consistant sugar count at home of 225 at each self test. I am on metformin, glyboride and insulin dial pencil. I watch my feet closely for sores and hardly ever go outside without shoes. As a diabetic life is depressing to say the least but I wake up each morning. There are times that its hard to be who I am and I dont and wont give up on my life. It has taken me out of the work field but thats a blessing because I get to be home with my kids all the time not. I wished I had some advice for you and the best I can offer there is to be open and honest with your doctor. That is your lifeline and the second is to follow a good diet and get exercise.
Hope this helps you.

Harlen 2011-07-09 18:02:28 -0500 Report

I am a T2 on the pump
They are going to start my wife on that too and it only helps with the insulin your bod makes.
I would get a meeter and test first thing in the am and before each meal and 2 hr after each meal and keep a log on what you eat and how much it will help you and your Doc.
Best wishes

CaliKo 2011-07-09 14:41:45 -0500 Report

Injections don't mean that you are type 1. Lots of T2 people have injections. And there are drugs you inject that are not insulin. And just because you begin with drugs, does not necessary mean you have to stay on them forever. Maybe you will, maybe you won't. Some T2s can bring their blood glucose numbers down with changes to their diet, exercise and losing weight if you have some to lose. They prescribe drugs to get your numbers down quickly because high glucose levels are damaging your internal organs and systems.
T1 and T2 are two totally different diseases with a lack of insulin or ability to use insulin properly in common. T1 is an autoimmune disease where the insulin producing cells in the pancreas have been destroyed by the body's own immune system. That's why T1s always have to have insulin. T2s sometimes need insulin, depending on how well their pancreas is still working.
Diabetes is scarey, but the best defense begins with knowledge. Take a course led by a certified diabetes educator (CDE) as soon as you can. Most hospitals have them. Your doctor may be able to enroll you so that your insurance will cover part of the cost. There are lots of books, too, and information on this site and others.
Good luck!