Newly Diagnosed

Logan's Mom
By Logan's Mom Latest Reply 2011-08-26 11:29:46 -0500
Started 2011-08-24 17:04:39 -0500

Hello Everyone!
I was just diagnosed a week ago and I'm trying to get a handle on this. I'm 45 years old and have CHF, Cardiomyopathy and Ventricular Tachycardia. Had a virus settle in my heart 9 years ago. On heart transplant list and by the Grace of God did not need it as my heart began to heal. Diagnosed on 8/17/11 with Type II - runs in the family. Have been loosing weight (much to my delight) and had no idea this could be caused by Type II. I am in need to support at this time. A1C is 13 and my BS started at 389 - down to 260 at the moment.
Thank you for listening!

2 replies

Doryian 2011-08-26 11:29:46 -0500 Report

I just wanted to give you a "virtual hug." I was hospitalized earlier this month with blood sugar over 600. They put me on insulin & sent me home. My life has completely changed which was quite a lot to cope with. It's very confusing and the flood of information is overwhelming. I have been working as hard as I can - and just earlier this week did I get ONE reading under 140. I think it may take a while to get all of those gummed up blood cells out of your body before your numbers can completely come down???… Not sure… Anyway, just wanted to give you a hug and a shoulder if you need it. I'm a newbie, but have learned a lot these past few weeks. I'm happy to share everything I know. This site is great - it has given me much needed information, compassion and comfort.

GabbyPA 2011-08-24 20:49:00 -0500 Report

Hi Lisa and welcome to the site. It sounds like you are no stranger to health issues, but I hope that being here you will find the support and help that you need.

Weight loss can often happen because our bodies are not putting the sugar into our cells the way it should. It stays in our blood streams causing high numbers and our cells kind of starve, so they consume your stored weight. It is often more a symptom of type 1, but my dad went through that as well, and he was type 2.

Now that you know what you are fighting, visit our "Health Center" and type in your interest there to find expert advice and suggestions on things to do. Join in on the discussions and just like you have here, post your questions. Just being in it a week, and seeing over 100 point drop, that is GREAT. Keep that up and take baby steps in finding out what else you can do.

I would suggest getting into a good diabetes education class, as that will give you a solid foundation. I have a few of my favorite videos here for helping you get started with carb counting.

This will be a great place to start.