sammyjo - 14796
By sammyjo - 14796 Latest Reply 2008-09-09 23:16:45 -0500
Started 2008-05-03 12:17:18 -0500

I was told 4 years ago I was borderline diabetic. Just 2 weeks ago my Doctor said that I had type 2. Gave me medicine and sent me on my way. Diabetes is like a foreign word to me. On my own I was a Pepsi and candy addict. I have cut down on my candy and I have switch to diet pop. I do not know nothing about this type 2. If there is anyone out there that can help me I wish you would. I do not take my blood I do not know what to do Please someone help me
thank you

17 replies

morris.js 2008-09-09 23:16:45 -0500 Report

We have not heard any more from you on this discussion for quite a while. I was just wondering if you are doing any better, and if you are getting your questions answered.
Let us know how things are going please.
friends for "Life",
John Morris

2catty 2008-09-09 13:02:50 -0500 Report

I understand tremendously. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and I still have problems. When I was diag. I felt like my life just got turned upside-down. Make sure you check your sugars before each meal and before bed. Write what you ate down and your blood sugars. This will help you link blood sugars with the foods you ate. When you go to the Dr. take a log of you sugars with you. This way he will know if he needs to make a meds. ajustment. Good luck and hang in there.

ldybugg47 2008-08-25 10:55:36 -0500 Report

HI I am like Gabby. I can't believe the doctor just gave you medicine and sent you on your way. I think most get sent to a diabetic class. Or should. I went and they gave me the meter and some strips and have you come to a couple of classes to learn some and they give you material. I use to drink pop alot then i went to diet that was before I was diabetic. I don't think the articial sweetners are good for us but…had to do without it. I now drink lots more water and I will ad some lemonade Crystal lite or Country time to the bottle. There are alot of flavorings out there. I too and a big sweet eater..and chocolate is my fav with ice cream too. I just find I have to limit it till I can cut it out or down to very little. I also try other thinks like yogurt. But it's hard to give up good things if you have had them for so long and you are an addictive person to sweets. Some people can give or take them. But the more you go without…the better you get.
Try the library and see what books they have there. Try veggies with no sugar.
I can't or don't want to count carbs so I just have to watch it. I have just gotten a little more serious about it. I wish I would have known more about diabetes a long time ago…It sure can affect everything in your body. My sister that passed had diabetes, she died from cancer, my other sister has diabetes and now I have it. I think this is the 3rd year. I have a cousin that has it and she lost her leg. I have an eye problem now and I don't have insurance. Good luck to you and have a talk with your doctor and if she won't help find another one. There are good doctors out there that will work with you.

Tessie - 20674
Tessie - 20674 2008-08-18 12:05:19 -0500 Report

Stay away from anything made of white flours, white rice, eat brown rice instead, try to eat whole foods processed foods tend to raise blood sugars. Whole foods means foods that are not altered from its natural state. I have a problem with sweets, such as cookies, donuts and all the things that are bad for me. Why I stick those foods in my mouth are not a mystery but I have no will power. Hang in there, we are not perfect so if we fumble eating the wrong foods once in awhile, it's o.k., it's knowing that we are hurting ourselves, maybe, just maybe, will happen less often in the future. My problem is buying the wrong foods at times but I don't care at the time. We know the damage it can do to us yet we eat them.
Good Luck! Keep trying! Tessie

David H
David H 2008-08-18 13:33:48 -0500 Report

Sammy Jo please take care of yourself. I ignored my condition for several years, now I am on dialysis. You do not want to go there. Just watch your calorie intake. Please get with a dietician. They are helpful

ShortyD 2008-08-18 03:38:09 -0500 Report

hi sammyjo,

you should have Diabetes Eductor at the Hospitals,health Dept.that where got my meter at. there should bea dietitian at theat the Hospitals. they told me this when i got diabetes

GabbyPA 2008-05-19 23:24:12 -0500 Report

First of all, you need to talk with your doctor. If he is not helpful, find a new one. There is no way you should have been left haning like that.

There are programs offered by most hospitals that teach you how to eat right, what kind of foods will make you feel better. What kind of exercising you will need to be doing. They can teach you how to use your meter, how and when to check your blood and help you understand why you need to be on top of it.

It is a hard road, but if you ignore it, worse things can happen. Don't give up, there are a lot of great people on this site and in your community that can help you.

I am new to it all too, so here is what I have started doing.
I cook from recipies that are geared for diabetics and I use books that help limit carbohydrates. This helps me keep control (all I have to do is control my portions) These books usually have all the nutritional information you need to PLAN your day.

Yep, you have to PLAN you day. If you eat something high in processed ingredients, then you have to cut back later. So you always have to ask yourself if that piece of candy is worth missing a whole meal for? Usually it isn't. It is not easy at first.

What I do to help me keep on track is write everything down that I eat. Write down how many carbs, fiber, fat, and calories are in it. This gives me a good look at my day. The first two weeks, I didn't change anything so I could see how horrible I was doing to start with. Then I gradually cut back, made better food choices (raw veggies are your best friends!!)

You will start to feel better, you will loose weight if that is a concern and if you throw in exercise you will be on your way to control.

I hope this is helpful, there are a lot more things out there to learn.

jupton1 2008-05-19 15:18:38 -0500 Report

Contact You Dr and ask if they will send You to a diabetic clinic training class..Thats what I did ,most insurance Comp.will pay for this..

morris.js 2008-05-19 15:15:02 -0500 Report

Hi there, It sounds to me like you are on the right track. You are actively looking for information and help. You also have started making some healthy changes in your diet. I warn you though, for me, it was impossible to change everything I needed to change in my lifestyle all at once. ANY steps you take in the right direction will help you to control your Diabetes. As time goes on, it will be easier and easier to add more changes to your lifestyle. Personaly, I have had much greater success in making small changes every once in a while. I was so bad at one point, I was on an insulin pump, on cholesterol meds, oral Diabetes meds, and high blood pressure meds. After a few years of making some changes, I am only on 2 oral meds for Diabetes, and nothing else.
So cheer up, and don't panic, as there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any moral support for you.

jupton1 2008-05-16 13:21:32 -0500 Report

Call Your are hospital & ask if they can give You info to get a test kit..If that dont work look up test kits,some will give You one for free if You use there products…

Spottsmom 2008-05-10 10:31:47 -0500 Report

I was a lot like you I also was a soda nut and candy too. I have managed to switch to mostly water I have maybe two Fresca (diet sodas) every couple days. A big change from 4 to 8 cokes a day every day.

My doctor was not overly helpful in offering information so I went online and googled and read everything I could find.
Also do a search for your area and see if there is a education class offered. usually the hospital or health departments will offer one. I found one through my hospital that is great. It has helped me learn a lot.
Basically they told me not to go over 30 cards a meal and 15 a snack.
Make sure to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal.
There is a site that lets you journal your food intake and exercise and is totally free it is called Spark people. I love having the ability to see what I eat as i eat as it helps me to not eat so much as i see my calories grow. the dietitian at the class said 1500 calories a day i usually do 1200.
Good luck and if you need a shoulder feel free to yell. i have gotten my numbers from the 380 to 480 range the first week of April to 80 to 140 in the first week of may.

What meds are you on?
Are you testing your glucose daily? Do you have a meter? you can get them free online through a few places if you do not have one. You need to buy the strips they only give you a few to start off.

steadb 2008-05-05 14:37:45 -0500 Report

You have come to the right place. We are just getting started so you can find more friends to seek help from and discuss solutions. We hope you will come back and find more answers in time. If someone says something that is interesting, I'd invite them to be one of your friends so that you can easily contact them again via your inbox on Diabetic Connect.

Betty Jo Petty
Betty Jo Petty 2008-05-03 18:21:39 -0500 Report

Nice name. Hi Sammyjo,
I'm Betty Jo.

Type 2. Yes, I think I know where you are. Bewildered.
Thought you would never have Diabetes. it just wouldn't happen to you.

Well, diabetes can be awfully sneaky. Changed to diet drinks? I think that's very good if you can do that, but I'm not really sure.

I have heard some of the ingredients in the diet drinks might not be good for you.

No, I don't think you should eat candy. I do eat more things that are bad for me than I should.

I read if it's white, it's probably sugar.

Even fruit turns to sugar. Flour. Etc.

You must learn which foods you are allowed and which you are not.

However, some of the people will tell you some foods are okay, when really you should avoid them.

I think: keep it safe. Learn all you can. Take a course in Diabetes care if possible.

Test yourself as the doctor said. Keep a record of your numbers.

You don't want to go too high or too low.

Read as much as possible.

Good luck, and you have come to a very good place.

I'm Betty Jo

sammyjo - 14796
sammyjo - 14796 2008-05-05 12:19:03 -0500 Report

hi Betty Jo,
Thanks so much for writing to me. You are the only one that wrote. I thought there would me more of an outcome. CANDY is so hard for me. Switching to diet pop no problem at all but the candy (chocolate and p.b.) is the worse. I have tried the diet but it makes me want the real thing.
I know I have read a lot of things about the ingred. of diet pop that cause cancer. The same with the sugar. I still use it. I feel like cancer you are going to get in one way or another anymore. This is not how I wanted to spend the rest of my life having diabetes. I always prayed I would not get it but I knew I would because it runs in out family. What books or web sites have you dealt with? I need a lot on knowledge. This is going to be hard for me with all my other health problems I cannot exercise like I would like to.
I really enjoyed your letter you were uplifting in it and that is what I really need right about now.
Thanks again and write when you can

TRKnight2007 2008-05-05 12:50:19 -0500 Report


Hang in there. This site is three weeks old. We will be opening up the beta to a lot more people in the coming weeks - - some of whom may be able to help you out. In my opinion, you should look up Toma on the site. He's a great guy and the most knowledgeable person I've encountered around diet and diabetes. Send him a friend request and I'm sure he'll be happy to help you out.


caspersmama 2008-09-09 06:01:32 -0500 Report

I know it has been a few months since you wrote this but I just joined and saw your posts. I too was a chocalate lover but I have found Russell Stouvers sugar free candies and they taste just like the real thing. Also if it is ice cream you crave. Weight Watchers has desserts in the frozen food section that are great too. Hope this helps.

Ani 2008-09-09 07:10:27 -0500 Report

I know how hard it is to find out you have type 2 diabeties. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with borderline diabeties and no one realy explaind to me what that ment.
Now just about a year ago I was diagnosed with type 2 diabeties and I was in denial for a while. I didn't listen and ate what I wanted and guess what I gained weight I was furios with myself. How could I put muself in more danger?
It hit me I need to take care of myself. I want to live to be able to see my greatgrandbabies. I don't want to die at 24. So I hit the inernet and found this site and it has helped.