I need help!

By appiahchristabel Latest Reply 2011-09-23 21:42:54 -0500
Started 2011-09-20 12:51:58 -0500

I just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes this year in January. i am just 21 years old. my A1C is 6.5. i am a college student and it is very hard to maintain a diabetic diet. can anyone give me some tips, advice, informarion? anything that will get me on the right path. i was scared by the initial news and i lost 20lbs by April but now im stuck and i hav gained back 5lbs. any suggestions? open to all suggestions. please reply. thanks

20 replies

cbelyea 2011-09-23 21:42:54 -0500 Report

Hi Appiah, first two things: love the name, and what an A1C! Yes, I would give you money for that. I was diagnosed as a freshman in high school, and here is what I experienced transitioning through college and beyond. When diagnosed I was 14 and played soccer probably 5 times a week, and my A1C was usually around 6.1. When I got to college I stopped playing and my A1C went up a bit, though not terribly. Toward the end of my college career and before graduate school I worked very physical jobs (landscaping, concrete, piano delivery and in an outdoor nursery), and my A1C was still typically good.

Once I started graduate school and an office career, the decrease in activity brought some minor weight gain and elevated A1Cs. I'm currently getting back into soccer and running to help. (And it does!) My advice to you is to keep active! It can make a load of difference, and here is why (assuming I know what I am taking about)…

Active muscles can take glucose up out of the system w/o insulin, and with heavy exertion the effects can last. (For me, up to 36 hours.) I believe it has to do with the need for muscles to recuperate/repair, which ups the metabolism. Hence, when playing soccer 5 times a week my body never let up and I had fab numbers and virtually NO insulin requirement. Since we know nothing of each other, I have to recommend consulting your Dr. about this, as everybody is different. But, in the long term, you will learn to understand how your body responds to such things.

I know it may be tough to work into a schedule, especially college, but the truth is, life doesn't let up after high school for a long damn time.

mebetty 2011-09-21 03:12:46 -0500 Report

Diabetes sometimes can be controlled simply by closely monitoring not only what we eat, but more importantly the quantity. It is advisable to eat small portions of food. Drink a glass or two of water before your meals, this way you won't feel as hungry. In your case being a student, always carry a bottle of water and some nut bar. If you are eating carbs, be sure to include protein, it slows your system down and introduces the carbs slower into your blood.

flipmom 2011-09-20 19:55:07 -0500 Report

losing weight is one of the symtoms of being diabetic.. i lost weight and gained again once my bg settled down… like the others were saying. must monitor you bg because each of us are different on what we can tolerate in regards to carb.. like for me, i do better eating a cupcake than eating rice.. go figure… lol

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 21:57:31 -0500 Report

If I look at rice my sugars raise. I cant stand wild or brown rice so I do not know what they do to me. Here is the bad news that I learned on one site today even though we can tolorate cupcakes better the real sugar affects our lipids badly. I wish I could explain it better. I hope some of the DC pros will hear and help to explain this.

appiahchristabel 2011-09-20 19:13:33 -0500 Report

Thank you all for the tips and advice. i am learning so much already from you all and this website. it's like a miracle im so glad to be part of it. keep posting ur responses. they are all so insightful!!! and THANKS!!!

jimmyjames43 2011-09-20 15:56:46 -0500 Report

Monitor your blood sugars and keep a record of them and what you eat,always carry snacks with you at all times,sometimes we get to busy and dont eat,peanut butter crackers are my favorite,veggies(baby carrots) open the bag and they are ready to eat.almonds,nuts

LabRat90 2011-09-20 15:38:03 -0500 Report

You can do this. You are off to a great start. (1) You caught it early (2) You're doing the research starting with Diabetic Connect (3) Keep eating healthy and stay away from the midnight pizza parties!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 14:15:18 -0500 Report

Hello Appiah Christabel, do you know that many here would pay you for that A1C number? Do not dispare your diabetes was caught early, congratulations. Oh my a college life can be a very hectic one indeed. Glucerna is a great meal substitute if your class schedule makes you eat irregularly. Most definately like Jan said getting help for a meal plan designed just for you by a dietician is almost a must. I worked at a university for 22 years and at the beginning of each semester students were warned about the average weight gain every fall was 10 to 20 pounds. I find that keeping a journal of everything I eat and my blood glucose readings and when on both has helped me to find the foods that I need to avoid most. This journal will also help your medical professionals help you to get and stay on track.
Exercise is a great way to help control blood sugars, walking and swimming are highly recommended. Just remember exercise builds muscle mass and it weighs more then fat.
Best wishes and good luck with college and your diabetes,

RAYT721 2011-09-20 14:08:08 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to our website. I can understand all that you have going on … been there … the fears, feelings, frustrations (and a couple other "F" words) but you can manage the diabetes by taking control of it rather than letting it take control of you. Give yourself thumbs up for searching out this site and asking for help. That's what we are here for. You may be asking for us to help you today but soon we'll be asking YOUR help with our needs. That is what community and family is all about.

So… first, 6.5 is a decent a1c. The ADA recommends the a1c to be under 7 so you're there. Don't worry about a five pound weight gain. Look instead at what you've dropped. It's okay to fall off the wagon now and then. Just don't let it run over you.

Tips? Well, I created an article here called "Now, Weight A Minute" and have received a lot of positive feedback on it. I am going to dig it out of the archives and post the link to it below. They are simply my observations of how I went from 199 to 169. It was not overnight but I did it and now I will go up and down by the same five pounds that you mentioned.

I must say that the people on this site are awesome. I've learned so much from others … about them and about myself. You are in good hands. Keep us posted, add new friends, and keep that smile showing. As you focus on what you "CAN" do rather than what you "CAN'T" do, you're gonna have a much happier and healthier life than you've had. Buckle up for a roller coaster ride but just know we are sitting right next to you with each of the ups and downs.

appiahchristabel 2011-09-20 19:04:52 -0500 Report

This website IS AWESOME! i have already learned so much and im so thankful for this community of survivors that have already helped me.

Jan8 2011-09-20 13:39:12 -0500 Report

hey Apiah, 6.5 is an excellent A1c . i think the best tips are the product reviews that many people write in about. Also the discussions are great. Are you testing your BG? It pays to keep small plastic bags in your backpack with snacks like peanut butter and low sugar or no sugar on rye or whole grain. Cut in 1/4s ,eat a carrot with your snack. if you like veggies cut up have them with a square of PB sandwich. I eat Smuckers low fat PB and low sugar raspberry jam. It just depends what you love to eat and how your blood sugar responds to your meds and food. cleve. Clinic is doing a study and encouraging the subjects to eat 2 Greek Yougurts/day. Dannon Oikos rasp. and srtrawberry,blueberry are thick and creamy. I add wallnuts. Drink lots of water. Gosh it just adds up to the healthy foods you like. I am sure if you go to your school's dietician or nurse they can help you design something just for you Go to your school's clinic .There may even be a support group there. But, you sure can learn lots just on this website. Welcome!!!

appiahchristabel 2011-09-20 19:09:03 -0500 Report

this is great advice. thank you so much i am so encouraged by ur words. i check my sugar levels but i've been a bit irregular. it's been super busy cos it's my senior year and im super stressed. but i will get on top of things. i am going to do all that u've said. thanks!!!

dIDYMUS 2011-09-20 17:44:28 -0500 Report

Great advise Jan8. It took me 6 weeks just to get the hang of things. I think that now I get off metforman. There are tons of things you can eat, just portion control. I am happy to have lost 15 pounds. In now weight 155.7 and plan to loose a few more. It is the eating right, portion control, and Metforman. I think. You old timers, no offense, I am old, can guide us to what is too much. You are better than Dr.s except you can't prescribe meds.

Jan8 2011-09-20 17:59:53 -0500 Report

lol diDYNUS,yep I'm an old timer but not to diabetes. I lost about 50# on metformin. and a new diet. I blew up fom being on very high doses of prednisone and was not able to get it off until I got diagnosed and treated for diabetes.

appiahchristabel 2011-09-20 19:11:29 -0500 Report

i am on metformin now but i havnt seen much of its effects on my weight. cud i be doin something wrong? i was having to take birth control n i kno that makes u gain weight. could that be what is hindering my weightloss?