Fears, frustrations and diets

By dsolo Latest Reply 2011-10-01 12:35:21 -0500
Started 2011-09-20 01:47:27 -0500

Hi All,
New to the site here and really enjoying all the support resources.
Just wanted to know what are some of your biggest fears and frustrations with type 2 diabetes?
Also what types of diets have you tried that worked and didn't for you? What made you stick to the one you are on now?


33 replies

stormz 2011-09-27 19:37:20 -0500 Report

First welcome to DC! I am type 2. One of my biggest fears is that I lose control of my diabetes. I have not yet nor never have so I don't know why I feel that way but It scares me. I have nerve damage already after 10 years. That came on fast and spread really fast I guess that is why it scares me. As far as diets go I don't look at it as a diet I look at it as a life long plan of eating. A diet is something someone does and stops we will never stop being a diabetic so this is a plan for us. I stay away from fried foods breads starches. Stuff like that. I increased my fruits and vegetables small amounts of red meat a lot of chicken. I'm allergic to fish but that is really good for you if you can eat it. I think you get the idea here. I put on a lot of weight last year because I was in a wheelchair. Now that I am not I was able to take it off very easy because of what I don't eat and being more active. Being active is very good for you. I think that sums it up. I hope that helped you some. If you need to know more just ask me. I will be glad to help.

ESTHERK 2011-09-26 17:25:20 -0500 Report

I am a new member to this site also. Would like to know if anyone else is experiencing blurry vision? I now have two pairs of glasses I have to wear. One for close up and one to see far away. Also, has anyone every lost there vision totally?

redcamel 2011-09-27 19:47:39 -0500 Report

They also can do retinal mapping with a computer instead of drops if you have the coverage.

dingogranny 2011-09-29 14:09:02 -0500 Report

Red, my ophthalmologist won't do the digital mapping for me because of my diabetes; he thinks that dilation is the best way to view my eyes.

jayabee52 2011-09-26 18:27:04 -0500 Report

Howdy Esther! WELCOME to DC!
blurry vision could come from many problems. Get yourself to an opthamologist and have a dialated pupil retinal exam. It could be diabetic retinopathy or it could be something more easily corrected like pressure from high blood glucose in your eyeball.

The vitreous humor (the clear gel inside your eyeball) takes up nutrients from the blood. It also takes up glucose and increased glucose causes pressure to build up in the vitreous which changes the focal length between the lens and the retina. That results in blurry vision. So don't get examined for prescription glasses until your BG numbers have been at normal levels for about 2 weeks as it takes a while for the BG level to go down and that pressure to dissipate.

But have an opthamologist do a dialalated pupil retinal exam first to check for retinopathy. And yes! someone can become blind due to diabetic retinopathy.
Take a look at this article from the National Institutes of health: http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retino... One sentence from the article: "Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults."

I pray your blurry vision is not due to retinopathy. But PLEASE get to a opthamologist ASAP for a Diabetic retinal exam.


ESTHERK 2011-09-27 13:45:28 -0500 Report

I was seen by an Opthamologist about 2 weeks ago. He said that I did not have diabetes in my eyes, but he wrote me a prescription for eye glasses in the meantime. He also indicated that he himself has diabetes and has three different pairs of glasses. I hate having to wear glasses. This happen to me once before, back in December. I tried wearing progressive eye glasses, but these made me dizzy and sick to my stomach. No I have two pairs of glasses: one for close up and one for distance. What a mess!!

dingogranny 2011-09-27 13:55:12 -0500 Report

I had lasik several years ago and have mono-vision, but now as my eyes age I am having to wear glasses again. I need them for distance, primarily driving and watching tv. It can be on again, off again with the glasses on a continuous basis as I move from activities in my daily life. Have you considered getting eyeglasses with mono vision? it takes a bit of time to get used to, but it might be better than having two sets of glasses. It's something to discuss with the eye doc, at any rate.

dingogranny 2011-09-29 14:06:23 -0500 Report

mono vision is one lens is corrected for near vision and one for far. I think progressives are multi-focals, right?

ESTHERK 2011-09-30 11:00:11 -0500 Report

You are correct regarding progressives—-they allow you to see both closeup and far away. But I don't know if I like the idea of having one eye for near and the other for far. That can be weird!!

jayabee52 2011-10-01 12:35:21 -0500 Report

TOO LATE Patch! Already there! I have had to undergo dialysis a few years ago for 10 months. That was primarily due to a kidney infection. My kidneys were weakened by the use of Metformin.

My kidneys started working well enough again to get off the dialysis but weren't 100% better. They are still weak. I follow my Kidney numbers and they are trending down to where I may well need to return to dialysis in a month or two.

I am curious how you got that warning from a statement from me commenting on eyeglass prescriptions?

Thanks for the warning, though!

jladytiger1979 2011-09-26 19:53:18 -0500 Report

Awesome info James!! My eye dr told me that vision can fluctuate from day to day based on high or low blood sugars!! Wowsa!!! Definitely see an opthamologist yearly!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-23 20:26:26 -0500 Report

You may not feel it but God is with you. Some day we may know why we were selected to be diabetic. Don't be scared. You have your health care providers, you family and friends and US. We are always here for our fellow travelers.
Remember what the Great Buddha said "Righteous persistence brings good fortune." Slug away and you will have a long and productive life.
Godspeed :-)

Rick489 2011-09-22 12:33:56 -0500 Report

Welcome to D/C pretty new here too. I was scared when I first heard about it also. Just told myself this was not going to beat me. Lost 18 lbs in 6 weeks Exercise aat least 15 min. a day Cut down on sugars drinking diet drinks cut cut my carbs down to 150 aa day. Who knows how many I took in a day before this. But go thru the recipes here there's a bunch of good ones here. So good luck to you.

Leslie S
Leslie S 2011-09-21 01:01:26 -0500 Report

I'm brand new here… Just diagnosed today with type 2. I will be attending a class, but so far am loving the tips. :) tomorrow I'll go get my medicines along with my meter. Yay! I'm nervous though - my fears are so great right now, they far outweigh the positives. Thanks again for the tips.

redcamel 2011-09-21 20:24:58 -0500 Report

I went through the same thing 9 years ago I cant remember. The hardest part is the fear and worry. I fix the worry with God and knowing that if I worry about something to much I can't function. Fear is easy same answer as worry. They are one in the same. If you can cut out candy and coke anything with processed sugar if you have not already. Processed sugar is like adding 8 cups of sugar to cool aid instead of 2. It has to go somewhere if the body can't use it. Unless you already have complications from D you have a number of years before it causes health problems untreated of course. What you are doing now will help prevent complications eyes , feet problems etc. If you treat it D becomes a side note in your life not a crises.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-21 16:26:59 -0500 Report

Hello Leslie, at least you are afraid. I was in self denial for years even though I was testing my blood sugars and taking medications. To me it did not make sense because I never before took medicine when I was not sick. One way to look at it this is an opportunity to become a much healthier person. Come here and ask all the questions that are bothering your and share what you learn too so you may help us also. I am so glad that you are attending a class so soon, that is what helped me to get my diabetes under control. You are starting out on the right foot.
Come back and let us know how it is going too.
God bless,

jayabee52 2011-09-21 01:34:00 -0500 Report

Yes the unknown can be quite scary, Leslie.

Please come back often and learn from us folks who are walking the walk with you, rather than talking the talk like those who don't have the condition sometimes do.

I have been a regular here for about 3 years, and I love it here. I would expect your fears will dissipate when you learn more about this disease. And there seems to be always something to learn about diabetes and how our individual bodies react to it and foods and drinks.

Ask questions, post discussions, and read the articles here. You will learn a great deal.



jayabee52 2011-09-20 15:34:28 -0500 Report

Howdy Dsolo! WELCOME to DC.

I fear the complications which I can get from Diabetes. I already have a few complications, and I have to live with them, but I don't want to get any more complications than I already have, anything worse.

I have embarked on an experement to control my BG levels solely based on what I eat, no diabetes medications of any kind. I have been on this low carb high protein eating plan since Feb 2011. My BG levels are generally in the normal range, my May A1c was 5.5 and I have lost about 50 lbs on that eating plan. I feel good generally. I have fallen off the wagon a couple of times, and my BG levels show it, but I get back on board the next meal, or the next day. (usually I blow it late in the evening)

I would like to stop the diabetic neuropathy which feels like my legs from knees down to my toes are burning. I have heard that it is not something I can make go away and then again I have heard that it is something I CAN affect and lessen the sensation. I follow my meal plan so that I can possibly affect the course of this condition.

Blessings to you and yours


MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 22:13:51 -0500 Report

James, the last time I was at my drs he asked me if the Alpha Lipoic Acid was helping my neuropathy. My answer was probably not as much as the Lyrica is. Then I asked him how can I tell which is neuropathy and which is nerve pain from the compressed nerves in my back. Before Lyrica I could be sitting here and the lightening bolts would start shooting through my legs and they would start twitching uncontrollably. Lyrica has help all of my nerve pain. Now once in a while I will get a few pin prick pains, nothing serious.
God bless,

jayabee52 2011-09-20 23:25:38 -0500 Report

So Mary, did the Doc tell you the answer to your question of neuropathy vs compressed nerves? I think you were about to tell us, but you went on to describe what you felt in your legs.

I am on ALA and an antidepressant called Nortryplene (sp?) I have heard that good control of BG numbers also helps reduce the pain. Don't know if it is wishful thinking, but I think that I have noticed a diminishing of the pain level in my legs. I'll see if I notice any more reduction as time goes on.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-21 09:32:56 -0500 Report

Doc could not answer that Question. Lyrica helps all nerve pain. Before Lyrica along with my legs dancing on their own when there was no music the bottoms of my feet would go numb. My arms were only slightly affected. I had had a nerve conduction test and some of it showed which nerves were affected from my back but some they just could not tell. James much of medicine is still a guessing game.

LabRat90 2011-09-20 15:26:40 -0500 Report

Limit your portion sizes! Everything else in moderation. You also need to pay particular attention to the carbs. My biggest fear is that I'll end up like my dad and die early with congestion heart failure due to the diabetes.

RAYT721 2011-09-20 14:14:18 -0500 Report

Howdy! I'm a t2. I can't say that I really have many fears or frustrations when it comes to diabetes although I'll never forget my first day when I went out to buy a glucose meter. Good Lord… was I stupid??? I got the blood out of my fingers alright but it ended up everywhere but on the tiny test strips. After wasting 10 strips and literally crying and shaking so bad… I did it. That feat was proof that I could do it. I was in charge!!!

As for diets, I am reposting a link here to an article that I wrote about my weight loss success … down 30 pounds and keeping it off (about a year now). This is the diet that I call "the common sense diet" and it doesn't come in a pill or club. You can develop your own diet plan with a little time and a little thyme (pardon the pun).


MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 11:52:34 -0500 Report

Hello Dsolo, I am type 2 also. After attending a diabetic education class I was given a meal plan designed just for me. Within less then a month I became insulin free, I was taking 20 units twice a day. If you cannot attend such a class in your area you might ask your medical professional for a referal to a dietician. I feel that your meal plan should be planned for the individual according to your lifestyle. Many here go to endocrinologists who specialize in diabetes.
My frustration now is having to eat 3 times a day. I hate eating when I am not hungry. Because of that I find that eating on time is a bother but I try to follow my meal plan anyway.
Other then that my suggestion are come here often and see how others are facing their challenges. Hear success stories, hear about problems and the many posts with advice on how to meet them head on. If you have a support group in your area you could check that out to see if it might be helpful for you.
Diabetes is not a one size fits all. What works for one may not work for others.
I keep a notebook journal. I keep track of blood sugars and when plus food intake. This has helped me so much to figure out what foods are not so good for me. A piece of cake does not spike my bs like a slice of bread or some rice. Others cannot eat cake at all.
Good luck and God bless,
BTW there is a lot of good advice below.

jimmyjames43 2011-09-20 10:59:11 -0500 Report

Healthy eating and follow a idet plan thats for you,type 2 here and follow low carb weight watchers,I eat lots of veggies,I make a low fat veggie soup that I keep in my fridge,if I get hungry I heat up a small bowl of soup and keeps me from being hungry. food journal helps when monitoring and recording your blood sugars,tells you if you eat something that spikes your blood sugar you can figure it out easier.

Abby888 2011-09-20 04:40:28 -0500 Report

Good morning dsolo. I have type 2 diabetes and the diet I am on now is basically limiting my carbs. I try not to eat a lot of rice, pasta or junk food. I bypass the snack and ice cream sections in the grocery store. If its not in my house then I won't be tempted to indulge. My frustration with my diabetes is having to do insulin shots. Sometimes they really hurt. I get into a funk every once in a while and feel sorry for myself but then I talk to my friends and family (my wonderful support system) and they continue to encourage me that I can do this. I won't let diabetes define who i am. I keep track of my blood sugars on a pre-printed log sheet from my dr's office and i also keep a food journal. My weakness is waking up at night and having a snack which sometimes throws off my fasting blood sugar. I have insomnia so that doesn't help the situation. My advice would be to do as much research using your local library, internet and/or diabetes educator and just keep plugging away. Good luck with everything :)