I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on June 4, 2011. I suspect I have been diabetic for close to ten years though. I had not been tested or seen a doctor for anything other than unrelated injuries during that time, so I never got the 'official' diagnosis. Instead, I self diagnosed with a little online research when I recognized a few key symptoms, ie: unquenchable thirst; super frequent urination; extremely fast weight loss (I went from 280 lbs. to 220 lbs in under four months. This was the wrong action, but what's done is done.
I made some immediate changes to my diet and that addressed the acute symptoms. I managed to maintain my weight and gradually lost a few more lbs. I won't claim to be in great shape or anything though because I don't follow an exercise regimen. That needs to change too.
Since being diagnosed 7 weeks ago, I have been taking prescribed Metformin twice daily and I have started checking my blood glucose twice daily also. It has been less than a week since I got the meter and kit, but so far my BG has been just under the max limit both pre breakfast and after dinner. I hope to get my readings much lower, but I am not disappointed. I have other issues to deal with also, but I am making my diabetes diagnosis the priority as I learn to maintain my schedule of BG tests and meds.
A friend of mine recommended this community to me and I can't thank her enough. I tend to follow forums when I have a particular interest because I trust the opinions and advice of people more than the sales pitches of corporations.
Since coming here I have downloaded a few very helpful PDF's and an Excel workbook to help track my daily BG averages month to month. I have also received friendship requests even before I made a single contribution - thank you dietcherry and MewElla. I am learning more each day from the discussions and articles here, and I look forward to gaining more complete control over this disease.
My name is Mason and I have Type 2 Diabetes, it doesn't have me.
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