New Type 2- HELP

StephanieMe
By StephanieMe Latest Reply 2012-07-30 00:28:07 -0500
Started 2011-09-18 16:19:16 -0500

Hi all- as stated in subject I am new to this dx. Both parents were type2 so I should not be surprised…I was careful - i exercised, ate fairly healthy but another medical problem caused me to be put on a bland all carb and protein diet- thus making my A1c 7.1. I went to endo (Joslin Boston) no meds needed at this time and i was educated to better carb choices- still non-the-less i am NOT thrilled with the concept of being diabetic. I hate eatting breakfast - I am really just a coffee in the morning person and a nibbler during the day. MY main meal is dinner…I find myself getting shakey, dizzy, and sweaty- I hate it… Please chime in- open to all advise THANKS


27 replies

flhrsei
flhrsei 2012-07-30 00:28:07 -0500 Report

Well , i am new , to this diab. type 2 and can somebody tell me why this lack of energy in the afternoon, it is like someone unplug my battery , close the switch…always around 2.00 to 3.00 pm…thank-you

lambchop0903
lambchop0903 2011-09-25 09:37:51 -0500 Report

Welome StephanieMe. I am also newly diagnosed. I understand your frustations and concerns. The biggest thing that has helped me to deal is I enrolled in a diabetic education course, there is usually one thru your Dr's office or near by hospital. Also check with your insurance company. My insurance paid for the course. It involves a licensed dietician that speacilizes in Diabetes and nurse that is speacialized in diabetes education. They explain the disease, medications, and food plan. Breakfast is the most important meal, I was not a breakfast eater either. Now I find that eating breakfast helps me thru all day. I eat all day, every two to three hours. I also found that eating 30 to 40 carbs for breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks in between keeps my energy level up, my brain focused and my BG below 145. Testing before everymeal helps me plan what I need to be eating. I too had the side effects of shakey, dizzy and sweaty, these are all side effects of high BC and low BC you need to test and eat…
I still get frustrated, sad and angry. I have even walked out of the grocery store without buying anything, because it drepressed me. My husband was not to happy with me that day, but he also understood. You have to talk it out. I am takeing one day at a time. hang in there and we are all here for you. God Bless.

mebetty
mebetty 2011-09-21 03:20:10 -0500 Report

Hi Stephanie. I understand your frustration and 'betrayal' by your own body. I was brought up vegetarian and I eat a fairly healthy diet. I am no longer vegetarian, However, I was a big Pepsi drinker. Stress also is a HUGE factor with the onset of diabetes. It is not good not to have breakfast. It is best to eat every 4 hours to prevent low sugar which can be almost as bad as high sugar. Your doctor has given you a diabetic diet to follow I am sure. It may be hard to adjust, but follow it. Diabetes can be controlled if we watch not only what we eat, but how much (or little) we eat. I always make sure that my meals: 1/3 protein, 1/3 carb, and 1/3 complex carbs…but check with your doctor and observe what works best with you. Keep us posted.

redcamel
redcamel 2011-09-18 22:49:17 -0500 Report

Steph I have been a diabetic for 11 years and was mad at the world for probably a year after I was diagnosed. I didn't think I would get it. Might be case my dad had it and didn't bother to tell me I was at risk even though he was a doctor. My best advise is deal with it but don't obcess over the whole issue. Excuse the spelling.

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-09-19 11:24:30 -0500 Report

I was mad too when I found out, and my birth father, did not bother to tell me when he was diagnosed!! I called in in '97 when I located him, (mainly to learn bio family history) I asked if there was any history of certain cancers or whatever, he said no. There is no doubt in my mind, that had I only known, I would have made sure to lose all the weight after my daughter was born in 2001, but slowly I put on even more over those years and I did not eat with reckless abandon, but I also did not watch it closely either. Once I found out I had it, I immediately cracked down. I had already been exercising 8-9 months before finding out, but it was too late.

redcamel
redcamel 2011-09-21 00:11:49 -0500 Report

Tabby: I had no symptoms and only found out after having to use the restroom way to often. Weight is a factor in D but not the only one. I am sure (my opinin only) that you would have gotten D no matter what because its genetic. I was not overweight and still got D Just a side note Since I had no symptoms I waited a year before getting tested. Using the restroom a lot was always a problem with me. Turned out to be a enlarged prostate now removed.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-09-18 20:12:28 -0500 Report

Hello
It takes time to get it so as not to upset your tummy
I like to nibl on nuts to get me thru the day but I do eat a lunch and that is my big meal of the day .and only eat a lite dinner
Best wishes
Harlen

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 20:28:11 -0500 Report

My doc is not allowing nuts yet ( I love them though)If i eat a big lunch I get sleepy

sheriden
sheriden 2011-09-20 03:28:32 -0500 Report

MY DOC WHO HAS A DIABETIC WIFE WOULD HAVE A HEART ONE HE DOES NOT AGREE WITH PRE. DIABETIC HE WOULD HAVE YOU ON METFORMAN OR OTHER. OTHER DOCS DID NOTHING I WAS DIABETIC WHILE PREG. AND PRE FOR THE LONGEST TIME, NOT BAD BUT HAD IT BEEN TREATED I WOULD NOT HAVE GONE FULL BLOWN. AND HE NOT ONLY PUT ME ON MEDS AND SENT ME TO DIABETIC ED. SO THAT I WOULD KNOW HOW TO EAT HE HELPS ME STAY WITH IT NUTS ARE VERY GOOD FOR DIABETIC AND ARE A MOFA WITCH GOES FOR THE BELLY FAT WITCH IS THE WORSE FOR US. OR ANY ONE OF COARSE BUT IF NOT NUTS THAN OLIVES AND OLIVE OIL SPRAY ARE GOOD TO FIGHT BELLY FAT AND SOME OTHERS ALSO. A1C OF 6 IS WHEN HE STARTS MEDS. I KNOW ALL DOC'S. ARE OF THEIR OWN MIND BUT I WOULD LOOK FOR A 2ND IF I WERE YOU. JUST TRYING TO HELP. WISH YOU WELL.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-09-18 21:20:09 -0500 Report

I dont know what you can do other then lite low carb snaks ?
hard it is I know but you can get to the point that you will not get the shakes
best wishes
Harlen

Abby888
Abby888 2011-09-18 18:52:09 -0500 Report

My GI doctor tried me on a weird diet of just white stuff…white potatos, white rice, no fats…it didn't help my gastropaersis so he told me to go back to my diabetic diet. I have this weird problem though that my GI can't figure out…I throw up every morning (like clock work). I get out of bed and throw up in the bathroom and then start my day and I'm fine the rest of the day.

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 19:05:08 -0500 Report

Yup sounds like you were on the "brat" diet. been there done that. Nope this is to calm my stomache and give it a rest while healing from cancer removal

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 18:14:36 -0500 Report

Hi all - thanks for such quick reply. Normally I would be eating salads and veggies- as I mentioned my med doc has me on a strange diet' bland carbs and protein- fighting early stage stomache cancer thankfully lesions cut out- margins clear- and I have gastritis hence why a bland carb diet which my endo does feel pushed me into DMII territort, sucks for me …MY endo nurse told me even if I can eat a cheese stick in AM just to get something in me would be a start…I am trying- The nurse from Joslin told me not to get to hung up with my BS #'s and focus on trying to get used to this way of life…The other day I was shopping and I got all hot, shakey, dizzy so I quickly drank some water and popped the first think I found with sugar in it- Skittles…IT helped BUT when I called nurse to repor what had happened she said skittles BAD as my BS reflected bc once I got home I had som low fat cheese to get in my system and I took my BS it was 186 thats bad. I know I cannot bottom out or rather I think I cannot bottom out bc I am not on many meds my readings when I take them as directed are within range …Originally bc I am age 46 I just thought OH i MUST be in pre- men- who knows …more recently I am thinking it is more diabetic than hormonal- so frustrating… thanks

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 18:54:46 -0500 Report

Stephanie, I started having hot flashes in my 20's but did not get dizzy or shaky only sweat so much I left puddles on the floor, no kidding. To me it sounds more like you might have been dehydrated. I drink water all day long. With all that you have going on it is so hard to even begin to guess so the pros need to help you on that one. If you keep your meter with you at all times when you feel strange like that again check your BS# before trying to fix it. Bless you and I hope you get your problems controled soon so you can concentrate on your diabetes.
Mary

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 19:10:47 -0500 Report

MY gyn is going to run blood work the 3rd day after I begin my cycle- that will tell here where I am in this process of life When does it ever friggin end????

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 19:14:22 -0500 Report

Life continues to give us challenges. When I start feeling sorry for myself and my medical issues I see someone in a wheel chair and it hits home. I guess I am not that bad after all because I can still walk. It is the crippled child that really gets to me, for them especially I muster the biggest smile and sweetest hello I can.

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 18:15:06 -0500 Report

ps. I can have Glucerna too- I do like

Carol2x
Carol2x 2011-09-18 18:34:43 -0500 Report

I was educated by Joslin also. You will get the hang of it-it takes some getting used to. but you will do it. Glucerna- I tried it and it does strange things to my insides. So, no more glucerna. They say 5 small meals per day. Keeping it small and balanced is the goal.
I test when I first get up and if I feel like my sugar is dropping.
You will get your own routine going with it. Educate yourself.
Diabetes affects your whole system and organs. I work in Nursing here at the hospital and see the results from non-compliance every day-from patients losing toes, feet, legs to patients on dialysis. Eye sight is also a big one with diabetes as well.

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 19:08:48 -0500 Report

I have been going heavier on proteins ..amazingly I already had been eating like a diabetic already until the doc put me on gastro friendly diet which pushed me over to the dark side…urghhh I did not excercise this weekend other than wearing weights while I clean so walk around doing stuff - I exercise 5 days a week …Yup I already get eyes checked 2x a year for sarcoid so this is just another thing…

MEGriff1950
MEGriff1950 2011-09-18 17:14:30 -0500 Report

Stephanie, hello and welcome. I don't care to be in jayabees club either but here we are. I hate eating 3 meals a day too. My dr has approved me of drinking a glucerna shake for either breakfast or lunch. If I need a snack before the next meal I try for a raw veggie, walnuts or something healthy "most" of the time. You are most likely getting shaky because of lows. Are you testing your blood sugars when you do not feel well?
Good luck,
Mary

Betty123
Betty123 2011-09-18 17:13:50 -0500 Report

Hi Stephanie. I have been type 2 diet controlled for 10 years. One of the most important ways to handle it is to eat and not skip a meal. I eat 2 small meals, 1 large being lunch as hubby works night work and we eat our dinner at 1:00 and 2 small snacks. The less you eat the worse you will feel. We ALL hate being diabetic but it is a way of life for us and we can deal with it properly, or as in my doctor's words 10 years ago, we can not deal with and: go blind, get the pain of neuropothy (sp?), lose toes, a foot or leg, etc. Get the picture? I don't mean to sound mean but in reality the choice is yours. Joslin will help you with your diet if they haven't already. I found that planning out my meals/snacks for a few days really helps me to keep on track. Diabetes is a lifestyle change and only you can make that change. To see or not to see? I know I sound a total _itch, but that's the way it was put to me and when I get off track, like we all do, I hear her voice in my head. WELCOME!!

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-09-19 11:27:48 -0500 Report

that's great Betty that you have controlled it by diet for 10 years. You are an inspiration to me. I got off pills not long after I started them in late '2008, and I have been diet and exercise controlled since late Feb. 2009. I've heard many say they could only do it successfully for 5-7 years.

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 18:17:48 -0500 Report

I hear you - its still new to me 2 weeks new…sort of overwhelming and I am trying to see what foods work better- Once I am off this crazy gastro diet and have less restrictions I think it will be easier to make educated choices…now with all restrictions due to stomache I feellike I am shoveling shit against the tide…

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-18 16:55:07 -0500 Report

Howdy Stephanie! WELCOME to DC! Welcome also to the club of which NOBODY really wants to be a member: Persons with Diabetes club

Well it is important for evening out your Blood Glucose readings to eat 3 to 6 smaller meals per day. Try it, you may lose the shakey/dizzy/sweaty feeling.

I manage my BG levels with my eating plan too, no meds.

Blessings to you and yours

James

StephanieMe
StephanieMe 2011-09-18 18:20:33 -0500 Report

I think your idea will work better for me …I cannot eat big meals never have been alble to-I dont digest foods right - (BTW- i have no colon- colon cancer) so as you call can see I have challenges- I wont throw towel in bc I am a fighter but really its gets old- I feel like the Big Man up there has it out for me..

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-09-18 19:39:02 -0500 Report

OR "the big man" loves you so much that He wants you up there with Him.

I lost my bride of about 18 months to one of her many "medical challenges", (probably her CHF) in July 2010.

She was an exceptional person, one in a million. I am pleased and proud to have had her in my life and me in hers. She had so many "medical challenges" you would have thought that she might be a miserable person, but she was anything but crabby. Kind, loving and full of fun. She made a BIG difference in me!