just got diagnosed

By myzner Latest Reply 2011-07-13 08:13:05 -0500
Started 2011-07-11 23:02:11 -0500

I just got diagnosed june 29 2011, and everyone is making such a big deal. telling me i can't eat this or i cant eat that. I guess i really dont know much about diabetes 2, and i guess i dont know the dangers but why is everyone so worried??

8 replies

birdlady41465 2011-07-13 08:13:05 -0500 Report

Well everyone is worried about is you. Diabetes is no laughing matter. Eat the wrong thing and to much of it you can go into a diabetic coma and if no one is around you could die. Then if you don't eat enough when your body needs it you can bottom out and if someone is not around who know what to do you could die as well. It is nothing to brush off that is for sure. My uncle had diabetes ever since I knew him and his would yo-yo and he was very sick with it for years but once he got me to take care of him his sugar became under control for I did not allow him to eat a lot of things but I didn't take them completely away either I taught him moderation and turned him on to foods that could be just as good with other things. Now you need to do research on just what all diabetes and not having it under control can cause you. For one it can cost you your eye sight or life two things I would not want. Learn to live and control your diabetes and not to let it control you. It is easier than most think.

kamaya87 2011-07-13 07:46:09 -0500 Report

Start taking care of your self from now I am only 24 and been a diabetic type 2 for 7 yrs and I never nknew how important it is to take care of you sugar. I had more do. wn then ups but I trying my best to keep my sugars low as possible, also having the skin condition NLD has really taught me to take care of myself… So please whatevrr you take good care of your self its hard but with the right choices youll be okay!!! Good luck

Harlen 2011-07-12 13:51:29 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
If you dont take care of it =
You can and will go blines
you may lose a foot or two
You may enjoy time on the dialises machen
big time nerve damge
So yes we do fret over what we can and can not have
Nit if you wish to blow it off thats ok too
Best wishes

ChefMichele924 2011-07-12 09:27:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club…you are in GREAT company! I immediately wentonline last summer when I was diagnosed type2…got books, researched and found an Endocrinologist!! Went to a nutritionist and made some minor and easy changes! one day at a time!! I have lost almost 30lbs, gotten my A1C number down to 6.0 and my endo is very happy! I quit smoking just before finding out I had diabetes..whch is AWESOME!! ..I make good choices but deny myself very little. Portion control is a big factor!! instead of eating ALL of something I count my carbs and my calories and portion everythng I eat! I am a professional chef which sometimes makes it difficult and at the same time makes it easier for me to create dishes that are healthy and tasty! make small changes and you will see differences! I wish you the best in your journey…remember there are many of us on the same road…I found sites like this and groups on Facebook - THE BEST!! I have made wonderful friends and gotten some great tips and advice…but mostly I have gotten INSPIRATION and ENCOURAGEMENT!!

Type1Lou 2011-07-12 09:20:00 -0500 Report

LEARN as much as you can about diabetes and how it affect you. Go to your library…they have lots of books that will help put you on the right path. Once you get a better understanding of why you're dealing with diabetes, you'll know what you have to do and what to avoid. Ultimately, you make the decisions on what and how much you eat..or not…and how you exercise…or not…both critical factors in BG control. I'm dealing with some neuropathy in my feet and early retinopathy because of lax control in the earlier years (35+ years). I'm still challenged to attain better control and making progress with the help of an endocrinologist. This site has a wealth of info and experience!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-12 06:17:30 -0500 Report

Ditto to Caliko and James.
Diabetes can cause many complicaions. They can be avoided or kept at a minimum with proper management.

jayabee52 2011-07-12 02:17:17 -0500 Report

Ditto to what Caliko wrote.

They're probably making the fuss about your type 2 diabetes because they CARE about you! They don't want you developing some of the many complications which could develop. Keep coming back and asking questions and learn and find support here among us who have been walking the walk for a while now.

CaliKo 2011-07-11 23:20:03 -0500 Report

It doesn't really do any good to be scared or worried. Unless it motivates you to learn about the disease. You need to become educated about what you need to do to take care of yourself and why you need to do it. Most hospitals have classes for the newly diagnosed led by certified diabetes educators. It will include education about diabetes, drugs that may be prescribed at some point in your life, the consequences and complications that come with uncontrolled glucose levels, how to plan your meals (you need to learn what you can eat, and when you can eat, other people can't police that all your life) and how to test your glucose levels. The complications are real, and include things like heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, infections that won't heal that sometimes lead to amputations, just to mention a few. Spend some time reading the discussions on this site, and you will hear first-hand from people dealing with these complications. Learn, take charge, and take care of yourself. It's very possible to lead a long, healthy life with diabetes if you learn what you need to do and do it. Good luck.

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