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By marriedlady Latest Reply 2011-09-22 09:34:38 -0500
Started 2011-09-17 06:01:42 -0500

My name is Pauline, I'm married and have 2 young children. I just turned 40 and my diabetes is at the worst it's ever been. In the past I've had A1C's as low as 5.9 but at last check I was 9.3 I dread getting my new results next week. I'm trying but can't get it down. I'm now on Metformin and Insulin and others. Any advice? My goal is to get down to the 5's, loose 30lbs(at least) and to live a long health life. I want to see my children grow up.

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margokittycat 2011-09-22 09:34:38 -0500 Report

Hi Pauline and welcome to the DC family. I turned 40 last year about to turn 41. I have been diabetic for 30+ years and recently had the same problem as you. Watch your diet really well and don't take in a lot of carbs they are bad very very bad. My problems started when I was bitten by a spider while gardening and I am having problems witht he BS still. They are slowly but surely getting better. I would talk to a Registered Diabetic Diatian and get some help from them. As we get older, things we use to be able to eat and handle is harder for us. We all need help and that is why we are here. I walk an hour a day and that helps me but not everyone likes to do the same types of exercise, I would find something you like and start ther.

Lakeland 2011-09-17 22:22:11 -0500 Report


I gained the most control over my diabetes at the beginning when I was very scared, I followed my diabetes classes very closely. & over time I lost 40 pounds.

this worked & helped me lose 40 pounds. I was to write everything down I ate. was to eat meals & snacks to keep sugars regulated.

So I'd have my breakfast, I gave up cerial, & had my eggs, bacon or ham, & a whole grain bread (I used the multi grain thins as toast the fiber is high on those so it make you feel full longer & your blood sugars shouldnb't spike. but then snacked on carrots mid morning, by adding veggies as snacks, I wasn't so hungry that I'd have a huge lunch or dinner. plus you can have a ton of veggies without adding alot of calories.

when ever I had to run & do something, I'd park far out & walk to try to get the exercise to help lower my sugar levels. use the staircase instead of elevator ect.

I like the rule to pick the carb at each meal, the problem isn't the meat & the veggie, it's the carbs, so if you want the bread, don't have dessert, if you want dessert, have green veggie & not the potato or bread. if you do choose the carb pick the best carb for you, a high fiber whole grain bread, or a potato vs rice, or a fruit as a dessert, but I did good on the diet ice creams & things just watch when they say no sugar, see what they use. & watch portions.

Try to walk daily the walking was so good for me, I just had hip surgery so I walk but not like I use to.

I do hope my experience is helpful
Best wishes


Mickie G
Mickie G 2011-09-17 21:54:47 -0500 Report

Welcome Pauline. I hope you get as much from the support, information and friendship on this site as I have. Good luck.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-17 19:58:21 -0500 Report

Glad you are with us! Would you like to be friends? You seem to have a positive outlook, that's good! Grandpa Bill

Doryian 2011-09-17 19:40:25 -0500 Report

Welcome. This is a great site and will help you find answers to those questions that pop up! The biggest step is to realize YOU CAN DO IT! Once you know you can do it - then you'll be able to solve each obstacle that presents itself. If you doubt yourself, you might give up before you take the time needed to solve the obstacle. It's very important to believe you can do it - to help empower you to do it.

Harlen 2011-09-17 19:13:57 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
With two kids it will be hard lol I know it is hard with one lol
Run run run lol just cut way back on the carbs and keep up with the kids lol
Best wishes

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-17 13:56:16 -0500 Report

Hello Pauline, Welcome to DC. You will be able to get all your answers here. They may not be the answers you want, but you get them from people that have and are walking in your shoes. You probably know that your A1C target is between 6 & 7. So how to get there…My first step would be to eliminate all soda from the house. neither you or the kids need it and hubby, well, he may just have to suffer for the good of the family! Next, watch your carbs. Not easy to do with 2 kids because they need the carbs for energy, but you don't because how easy they convert to sugar. Your goal should be a maximum of 2-3 carb servings per meal or 30-45 grams of carbs. Yes, it involves reading the labels and paying attention to serving size. This will also help you with the 30 pounds. Anyway, hope this helps and hope you get heading in the right direction. I am doing well with my advice, except I am having a hard time with the serving size. I measure out my cereal in the morning and think "Hummmm…it looks like I will be hungry again in 15 minutes"

MEGriff1950 2011-09-17 11:48:39 -0500 Report

Hello Pauline. My advice to you is to attend a Diabetes Education Class. When I atteded one on July 7th I was on insulin 40 units a day, metformin and 4 glyburide a day. At this class a dietician drew up a meal plan designed for me and my lifestyle (sedentary). If you are unable to attend a class meeting with a dietican should help. By August 2nd I was insulin free. Since then I have dropped 1 glyburide and think the dr will adjust my meds again Wednesday as I have been getting low and adding extra carbs to counter act that. Education and understand diabetes helps us to get on track. You came to a very great place for support Welcome :)
God bless,

eristar 2011-09-17 07:15:37 -0500 Report

Good morning, Pauline, and welcome!
I was just diagnosed as T2 last year, with an A1C of 12.7 - now it's 6.1, and the doc is very pleased, but that's up from the time before, so I have to be extra careful not to let it start creeping further up. I hope that the Metformin will help you enough that you will no longer have to take insulin (I take Lantus at night but have not had to have a a fast acting shot for months.) At 61, I am now getting more exercise than at any other time in my life - you don't mention exercise, but that can be very helpful in bringing down bg levels. I assume you are testing regularly? Please keep us up to date on yiour next test results; we want you to be mother to your children for a long, long time! Take care - Erica

Abby888 2011-09-17 06:15:55 -0500 Report

Good morning Pauline and welcome to Diabetic Connect. The best advice I have for you is to take this diagnosis seriously. I did not when I was told I was pre-diabetic in 2006 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2010. Now I am insulin dependent. I finally got my butt in gear a month ago after being in the hospital with pancreatitis and a blood sugar of 450. I started a food journal and am more conscious of what I eat. Having 2 young children like yourself is stressful in itself. Just take care of you both physically and mentally. I also started walking after supper every night and that along with eating healthier has allowed me to lose 18 lbs in just 6 weeks. I wish you the best of luck with everything. We are all here to listen.