Newly Diagnosed type 2

By quietmanPKF Latest Reply 2011-10-01 19:47:46 -0500
Started 2011-09-29 15:18:21 -0500

Told I had type 2,earlier this month. Counting carbs, exercise, insulin, all very overwhelming. The question I have is about my blood glucose levels. Is there always a reason for a high or low reading-and should I always know what that reason is? Also if I once diagnosed a diabetic will I always be a diabetic?

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Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-01 19:47:46 -0500 Report

There is always a reason but it is tricky to know why. I have been keeping a detailed personal log of my readings for the last four years. It contains almost 8000 test results. With this storehouse of readings I can tell what causes about 98% of my results to be what they are. But there is still that elusive 2% that will always be a mystery. Over the years you will learn how your blood glucose reacts to everything; everything you eat, everything that happens to you, everything you do, everything you feel.

jayabee52 2011-09-29 22:30:44 -0500 Report

Howdy Quietman WELCOME to DC!

There's generally a reason your BG levels are up or down, and once you clue into your own body it can be amazing what it will tell you. There are some times that you go high without seeming rhyme nor reason. It could be a worry or a unknown infection, things like that.

The way medicine is right now, once a Person with diabetes, always a PWD. There currently is no cure, even though book peddlars and sellers of snake oil remedies dangle the hope of a cure before our noses.

Blessings to you and yours


judiandsimba 2011-09-29 22:10:01 -0500 Report

Most diabetics flucuate up and down throughout the day. Since you are new to this I will assume you have a glucose meter and are taking your blood sugars at least 3 times a day. Keep track of these numbers. I'm also going to assume that your doctor told you to do this so he/she can tell how well your insulin is working and if there needs to be any adjustments. If you run high a lot you may want to mention to doctor. Diabetes is difficult to manage and so much comes into play with the numbers. You are right. As you say it is all very overwhelming. Most of us hate exercise (even walking can be a drag, but it's a start), if you are on the needle you get frustrated having to stick yourself every day and keeping track of the food is time consuming. But diabetes is a very dangerous disease. It can affect every body part. So, we do what we have to do and I can only tell you not to beat yourself up if you forget to take a sugar level or have that cookie. We are all human. I am rambling now. I've not been a good girl of late and am feeling it. I wish you well and hope you stay healthy. Eventhough you find it overwhelming I bet your doing it all.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-29 16:21:39 -0500 Report

There's always a reason why we're either high or low, but will we always know what that reason is… Nope. It's just the nature of the beast, unfortunately. Do what you can to treat each situation, and don't let it drive you nuts. Take it for what it is and keep going! If it's a constant high or low, then you might want to start looking at diet or medication dosage. Talk to your doctor. But a once-in-while high or low is going to happen regardless of what you're doing.

DragonDreams 2011-09-29 15:59:14 -0500 Report

Have you attended a diabetic class yet? I got my diagnosis about a month ago. When I went to the class they explained a lot about what affects the glucose levels. Exercise, stress, how much sleep you get, and the type of food can all affect your levels. If you know what affects your levels it is easier to control them. Yes you will always be a diabetic. There are many salespeople trying to get your money by telling you different. Keep a food diary, it will help you figure out what foods are affecting you. You can go one step further by also writing down any stresses, exercise type and length, and any questions you may think about asking your doctor or other health care provider. I keep separate journals for each. If the food journal is hard to figure out, I found a good website that really helped me during the first couple of weeks. They can help you track your weight, food intake, and exercise. I hope you keep up on top of this disease. I have seen first hand what can happen if it's not managed. My dad and my sister's dad both have diabetes and neither one has done much to control it. My dad has had his 3rd heart attack, and my sister's dad has had his right foot amputated. It will take work to deal with this, but your health is worth it. If something is not working talk to your doctor about trying something else. I hope you do well, and that this has helped you.

Dixiemom 2011-09-29 15:58:56 -0500 Report

My level is usually high in the morning. Now I check in the middle of the day and find that levels are down. Once a diabetic, always one. You can control it by diet. Sounds like you are on the right track. Keep up the good work.

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