Just found out!

By macdaddy1971 Latest Reply 2014-09-25 00:38:20 -0500
Started 2011-09-30 18:32:02 -0500

Hi im Macky. 40 yr old male. Just found out from my doctor that i have diabetis. My blood sugar was 173 after fasting. Then i went back and they said my 3 month average was 170. And my (some number) was 9. (I was so upset i didnt get that part registered in my head.) Anyway its nice to be able to come on here and see how people cope and get my questions answered.
My doctor put me on metformin or something like that its a pill i take twice a day. he wants to see me in a month. but told me i need to look at a few different types of insulin to see what would be best for me. (of course i lost the slip of paper that had their names on it) anyway is 170 high? and is 170 a number that i should have to have injections? if so why is he wanting me to wait a month?
He prescribed me a meter and strips. How often should i test and if its high what do i do? He acted like i shouldnt freak out but im in the dark until i go back to him. Hes a great guy i just need some input from people that know and have the disease.
Anything you share with me will be great
p.s. he also told me if i have urges like a coke or chocolate use common sense and dont over do it. I will say i havent had a reg. coke in 3 weeks now and i did have one piece of chocolate tho. (is that bad?)

62 replies

Mexrose 2014-09-25 00:29:37 -0500 Report

Makey, I asked the doctor how high is high, I'm like new to this too! R u talking about checking ur sugar 2hrs after eating? I told him I needed know so I can keep tabs on my count n he said not to go over 200 but for sure, try not to go over 160-180, I'm sure if u ask ur doctor he'll help you with that! It's best you ask him too!

sweetj 2011-10-07 20:37:35 -0500 Report

I just want to welcome you to the group. I too was recently put on metformin, I go back in December, when I found out about my disease I started READING everything I could about the diesease. Coming to this group has been an awesome help because the people here can identify with me we have the same diseaes who best to turn to when in need of support. STAY ENCOURAGED AND VISIT THE GROUP OFTEN :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-06 21:26:34 -0500 Report

Hey macdaddy,

How you doing? I'm glad you found your way to Diabetic Connect. You won't find a more knowledgeable or supportive group of people.

I just want to say and welcome you. I also want to encourage you to get a lot of support as you adjust to this new chapter in your life. I hope you have people around you who can just be with you, listen when you want to talk, give you some encouragement. Change is never easy.

You might also want to see if you can talk with a nurse educator or someone like that who can answer a lot of questions for you, in addition to your doctor. Also look here on Diabetic Connect under Living with Diabetes, on the upper left side of this page, for some good information.

I hope you will stay in touch with us. Let us partner with you on the road ahead.

Take care,


ghosthunter274 2011-10-05 18:22:32 -0500 Report

I also was Diagnosed not too long ago, and was also given Glucophage to take. An I check my Sugar 3 times a day

stormz 2011-10-06 22:47:01 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC ghosthunter274! Sorry to hear that you have diabeties but like the rest of us you came to the right place for support and information. That is a good amount of times to track your sugar. I hope you have support at home as well as here. It's hard when you have no support at home. Just watch your sugar intake as well as your carbs and you should be okay. If you ever need any help I am just an email away and will be happy to help you out. Hope you find the website here as helpful as I have. God Bless

loisanne53 2011-10-05 18:09:44 -0500 Report

Hi Macky and sorry to hear your diagnosis. You are about the age of my son who is also diabetic. His was caused by hemochromatosis, a genetic disease which ruined his pancreas. He has very high blood sugar readings and life is a struggle for him most of the time. Chocolate isn't bad. I like the dark chocolate and it is better for you…less sugar content. Learn to read labels on everything you put into your mouth. I agree with your doctor…if you really want something have a small amount of it and then get back on track. Finding a good doctor can be a lifesaver. My husband, son and I are all diabetic and see the same doc who is a juvenile diabetic…she has been great for all three of us because she understands.
Good luck to you and don't give up on yourself! If you are depressed let your doctor know! It is a common occurence for men who are diabetic. Take care.

stormz 2011-10-05 18:56:23 -0500 Report

Your so right! Men get more depressed than women and they don't talk about it which is worse. They need to tell their doctor for sure. Sorry to hear about your son I wish him the best. Your also right about the chocolate Dark chocolate is better for you but most want that sweet taste and when they bite into it it is bitter the last thing they expected. It's a shame that you all are diabetic but in one way good. I don't mean it's good that you are I mean good that when you cook it makes it easier for you also when your shopping and stuff like that. I am the only diabetic in my family so it is hard here. For me when I cook or bake they want the sugar in it or the fat. I leave it out they have no clue. It is amazing how I can hide the fact that I have taken out the sugar and fat and it still taste the same. It is also wonderful that I am such a great cook that I can do this. Any way Great advice!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-06 21:21:18 -0500 Report

Hi! You bring up a really good point, here. A new diagnosis can bring up a lot of emotions like depression, and it's important to talk about your mental health, just as it's important to talk about what's going on with your physical health.

Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-10-05 14:14:15 -0500 Report

Hello Macky, and welcome to dc. Sorry that you were diagnosed. The people here are very helpful and supportive. Till you see your Dr again, maybe test 4 or 5 times a day to help monitor your levels and food intake. I am type 2 myself. I take 15 units of novolin 70/30 three times a day. I check my bg levels 5 or 6 times a day. When first diagnosed, I almost freaked myself. Then I relaxed and and thought to myself " I can handle this. I will not let it get the better of me. I will not let it beat me!" If I can help you with any questions you have, I will do my best to answer them. We all need support and you will find lots here. So, just try to relax. ( easy said ) Have a good day and good luck. Darrin

Kf6krc 2011-10-05 05:55:40 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome, I went to my doctor when I realized that there was something wrong with me, after a meal the only thing I wanted to do is sleep, and I would be at a friends house and I would drink just 1 beer and pass out. My doctor check my blood sugar and the reading was over 500 and my A1C was so high that it would not register.
She gave me pills and insulin and told me to quit beer,and sodas, and to watch what I eat. It started out well and I noticed that I was not so tired anymore. At that time my weight was 250lbs and for the next 6 months I had to see my doctor twice a month. I noticed that I started to loose weight but my blood sugar was not going down that much so she increased the amount of insulin I take and changed the pill that I take. I had problems taking certain pills since they made me sick and it took several tries to find pills I could take.
My A1C started coming down and would actually register, at that time it was 13 which is not good but better. About that time thing took turn for the worse for me as by the end of the year I went from the 250lbs to 148lbs and I could barely get out of bed. The good news is my doctors figured out what the real problem is and was able to prescribe the proper meds. Now my blood sugar on average is down to 130 and I actually have days when it goes down to low (59), which is an adventure.
As if today my A1C is down to 8.1 and my doctor keeps adjusting my insulin.
Now the down side for me is I will always need these meds and some of these are really expensive. I take pills to be able to digest food, 2 different insulins, 2 different pills for diabetes, and a nurophathy pill for my legs.
What I am trying to say is this, you have a mild case of diabetes and if you follow you doctors orders you can beat this and actually be able to stop taking your meds, and shots.
Good luck!!!!!

Ralph 2011-10-04 19:34:42 -0500 Report

Hi Macky. When my Dr. told me I had diabetes he sent me to some classes on diabetes at our local hospital. I found out a lot by going to the classes. He also put me on actos which did not work that great. I had some other health issues and could not go back to work so I lost my insurance and could not afford the actos and had to go with the cheep meds which Wal Mart offered. I started taking metformin and gubyride 2x a day and my blood sugar got a lot better. My blood sugar went from 120-140 in the morning to 75-90. So you never know what will work best for you sometimes. I also exercise a lot each week. I have always been an active person. Good luck and welcome to Diabetic Connect.

peg50 2011-10-04 18:17:52 -0500 Report

Hi. Welcome to the DC community. Everyone here is very helpful and I have found that I learn more here from reading everyone's personal experiences than anywhere else. When I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago my blood sugar was 300. I started on Metformin and now take Januvia. I test my blood sugar first thing in the morning, and before and 2 hours after I start my dinner. A few times a week I also test in the middle of the day and before I go to bed. My A1C has been 6.9 the last 6 months. Having a piece of chocolate is something I do, but not very often. Everyone is different. When you test your blood 2 hours after a meal you can tell if what you ate raises your blood sugar and you can adjust accordingly. It takes time, but you can figure out what you can and cannot eat. I found that by increasing my fruits and vegetables ,cutting back on carbs, and working out everyday has made a huge difference. A few simple changes can go a long way. Again, welcome.

Jan8 2011-10-04 09:19:29 -0500 Report

Welcome 1 Loved the metformin 500 mgs 2x day. Lost lots of weight and never felt better in my life. Stuck to the diet like glue. I was diagnosed by going to the ER .I was so very tired I fell asleep and blood glucose was in the 750s. I slept for three days in the hospital not even knowing it. They regulated me with insulin and 7 days later home on metformin. No, it is not bad to have a small piece of chocolate . You do sound disciplined.giving up coke for 3 weeks is something to be proud of! You can take your blood sugar before meals and at bedtime. Also 2 hours after you eat. However I do understand how overwhelming this can be and if its too much just do the best you can. Give your doc a call and ask him how often you should take your blood sugar. Just take one thing at a time and try to educate yourself the best you can. When you are fed up just go away from all info and go do something you love to do. When you are ready then go back to it. This web site can help you with just about every aspect of diabetes. Safe numbers for glucose and all.

CWMecca 2011-10-04 00:26:07 -0500 Report

Welcome to the "family"! I was diagnosed after a heart attack 8/11/11 so I know what you're going through. I'm on metformin and about 8 other meds for other conditions as well now. I've been doing everything they told me in the hospital to do but it wasn't much information. When I went to my follow up visit with my primary doctor they took my blood pressure and weighed me, that was it!! I asked for more information and got nothing. Doctors don't always listen but keep asking anyway. I've lost 20+ lbs already just cutting out Pepsi. I drink 1 can once in awhile, otherwise it's flavored waters (under 20 calories). My numbers aren't real high, I think the highest was 156 in the last few weeks. Write down all your meds on an index card with the dosages and keep it in your wallet. That way you have the information with you at all times. I test 3 times a day, minimum. If you have insurance the meter and strips are all covered. Mine aren't since I don't have insurance lol. Good luck and keep coming back here with any questions or concerns. You'll get good info here! Good luck!!

Marytea 2011-10-03 09:36:58 -0500 Report

Welcome macdaddy. You will find a wealth of information here and some great friends. I doubt that piece of chocolate will kill you. Just don't eat it often and count the carbs. I am a lifetime Weight Watcher and they taught me if I deny myself foods I love totally, i will fail. for me that is true. I just save those treats for special occasions. Best wishes to you. My guess is that you will soon be healthier than ever before.

catain tim65
catain tim65 2011-10-03 08:47:56 -0500 Report

Your sugar Leaval should be 70 to 120 range . You can check out diabetes on the web for more info . I take actoplus15/500 pill and byetta shot twice a day for my type two diabetes.

Marytea 2011-10-03 09:33:00 -0500 Report

doctor approved me for 70 to 130, but i am most often in 100-120 range. We are all so different.

hac62 2011-10-03 19:17:25 -0500 Report

I'm new at this too but I am finding out which foods spike my readings which are 2x's a day

sheriden 2011-10-02 22:29:19 -0500 Report

Hi I want to first welcom you to DC. I found out just months ago that I am type 2 though I have had past problems no doctor told me I needed anything to help just a little high excipt when preg, than it was way high. So I could have been treating for years. Now the doctor I have not only knows the diabetic seen but his wife has it and he is good. 1. I would not go on insulin untill I saw if the metformin was going to work and if not I would ask for other oral meds to see. He should have let you know the numbers you are looking for when you test and how often you should test that is the least he whould have told you. Doctor Wilson told me enough so that I could get in the next Diabetic Ed. Witch he wanted me in so that I could take good care of my self and was glas we had them available here. 2. Dark chocolate is the best if you are needing some and not to put off for along period just small pice if you make yourself wait to long you may eat to much. 3. Your 9 is your A1c and 6.5 is when my doc starts treating his wife is diabetic and he has been treating for years and has good rep with diabetic treatment. 4. If you are conserned about your diet here are some tips I learned in the education class. Try to stay at or less than 15 carbs pre meal for women and no more than 20 for men for three meals. Make the meals small you can get a food guide at helth dept and you need a carb chart. I alwayse ate one meal a day and gained weight now that I eat even a pice of bread or some little thing in the Am first thing and a light lunch and snack if needed I luse weight and feel better. your plate should be like a forth protine meet p-butter egg ect one forth like carb. The rest should be non starch veg, and free stuff like fresh non starch veg when you want. I think most of us freak when we find we have to be treated for this it is scary. Pop is the worse because it is so fast acting. I still drink diet because I was so hooked on pop not all the time but when I wanted it I had to have it. 5.Your 9 is high but not out rageous. I would say not to stress that brings your numbers up. When I started testing he had me test like say befor breck, than at lunch he would have me test 2 houres from the start of the meal. and befor dinner. Than switch it the next day to after breck, and so on to get a good idea of were things stood. I know docs may vary on all this I am just letting you know some things that I was taught so that you can get some idea of what you may want to do. I also learned about moo fa fats. It is good to eat nuts the best for us are almonds, Olives very good alvacados are great and some others because the go after the belly fat and that causes us alot of problems. I do not know near enough about this diabetic stuff but hope I helped some if I think of somthing ealse I will try and find you so I can let you know. I will try and friend you I still am not sure how. If you know you can friend me so we can chat. Blessings to you and yours. PS if I sound short it is because if I had not gotten Diabetic ED, and had not come here to DC I would so be in the dark and very stressed. We are not docs on here but we live it and I have learned so much here and made friends that get me through each day, These are the best people to chat with again welcome. Blessings to you and yours.

Tina1860 2011-10-02 17:01:06 -0500 Report

Hello Macky. My name is Tina and I have been a type 2 diabetic for over 20 years and have struggled with it off and on since. The one thing I know now is that education from a nutritionist is the most important thing I did. My last A1c level was 11. I thought I was eating right, I was walking 3 time a week but obviously it wasn't enough. I wasn't checking my blood sugars enough either because I didn't know that my sugars were even higher than I realized. My readings that I did get were 290, 310, 279. I knew they were bad but I felt helpless and depressed. But by finally making the decision to go to the nutritionist it change my life. My blood sugar readings which I test 3 times a day are ranging from the 70's to 120's mostly with a few highs. When that happens I know that I either over ate or it is a food I have to be careful of. I am on a diet as well but mostly I changed the way I eat and the types of carbs I eat. The two things I learned from the nutritionist are one, eat whole grains, not processed grains. If the label says it has 18 grains in it that does not mean it is good for you. It is usually processed grains and also has a lot of other junk that that is not helping you. The less ingredients on the labels the better and always look for whole grains, whole wheat, whole oats and lots of fiber. Fiber is key to helping with your blood sugars. Soluable fibers cause your body to more slowly absorb the carbs and sugars you eat so you don't get the spikes and will help lower you blood sugars. Carbs are not necessarily a bad thing. They are almost impossible to ignore because they are in almost everything. It is learning to eat the right carbs as well as the amout that is key. The second thing that stuck with me is how much fat you eat and if you are overweight this will be another key issue. Fat keeps your body from absorbing insulin wether it is your own or manufactured. So if you can cut down on bad fats the better. I love butter and that is the one thing that I have a hard time not using as much of. My favorite foods to eat are Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Flax and 7 Grain Honey Puffs, Dave's Killer breads (makes a great peanut butter sandwich) and Chobani Greek yogurts. I used to eat yogurts but was never satisfied with the taste but Chobani is creamy and has a great flavor and a good source of protein. I have always liked the ideal of eating healthy and feeling healthy I just didn't know how. I am still learning and experimenting. I love brownies and have been trying out whole grain recipies that work for me. I'm close but not moist enough yet. I also walk at least 3 times a week for about 2 to 3 miles and am working my way towards 4 times a week with the goal of making it around the lake in my area but it is about 5 miles. Not ready for that yet. I take metformin two tablets twice a day and 98 units of lantus. The lantus has been increased by my doctor from 48 units last year. So you can see how out of control I was. It sound to me since you have just been diagnosed that you have an opportunity to be drug free if you play your cards right. I don't know that I ever will. I know that as I lose my weight and the extra fat my body will absorb the insulin better but that is just a wait and see. I hope this helps and good luck.

RAYT721 2011-10-02 04:51:49 -0500 Report

Howdy and welcome to our community, or "family" I should say. Like you I came here (march 2010) when I was first diagnosed because I had so many questions.

I found an awesome book at my library and since have bought it. It is "1001 Tips for Living Well with Diabetes" from the American Diabetes Association. Check out Ebay, Amazon or your favorite book sellers. Start with seeing if your library has it and if you think the information will help. You can't put a price tag on education, inspiration, and/or motivation so the book was a great "investment" in ME. The 1001 tips are actually 1001 questions and answers about diet, medication, control, weight control, complications and more.

The "9" you're talking about if your a1c results, the average blood sugar over a 3 month period. The American Diabetes Association recommends the number to be under 7 and the lower the better. The "9" corresponds with your average reading of 170, which is "high." A fasting glucose should be under 100 for a non-diabetic person.

I can't say a word about insulin or oral medications. I have been able to keep my control with diet and exercise. The Coke (assuming you mean the drink and not the drug) and chocolate is not going to hurt you in moderation any more than a potato or piece of bread will because, in short, carbs are carbs and it's the carbs that affect the blood sugar. However, with that said, the key word is "moderation." In time with testing and experience you will learn where your carb intakes give you the best control of sugar. Each person is different. I have no magical number except for my per meal and per day carb intakes to be as long as they can be. Set out to be more conscious of reading food and recipe labels for carbs as well as fiber, protein, fat, etc. Don't stress out over it all and don't try to change your lifestyle 100% overnight. You'll burn out long before you learn about your tolerances.

What to do when you are faced with high readings? That's hard to say. Some people need to eat when they are high while others should not. The answer may be different for those on insulin than from those (like I) who are not. My a1c is 6.3-6.5 so I don't get insane highs and I believe the highs that I do get are in the middle of the night when I am not aware of them because when I test I am just "normal high." I'd love to hear what others say about this question. The highest that I have been is 150 and I basically don't DO anything or I'll have a glass of water. I'm sorry that I am not of much help with that answer. If however you are faced with an insane high call a doctor or get to the Emergency Room… STAT!

How often to test? That's another question that varies from one person to another. There's really no minimum or maximum amount of testing but as you learn about your condition, the more frequent the better. However, there is cost associated with the test strips that you may want to use common sense in not testing every half hour. At the minimum you should probably test before and after each of your meals, upon waking, and at bedtime if possible. Tip: KEEP A JOURNAL. In time you can back off from frequency.

Surely each member here has his or her own answers to your questions and I am not the authority. I can only write from my experience and I would still be considered a "new" diabetic with only about a year and a half of living as a diabetic (PWD).

The reason you are waiting a month for an insulin prescription may be to see what your a1c change could be. The test taken was for a previous three month average but without knowing when the condition actually started, the "real" a1c should higher or lower from now than from that initial test. (Does that make sense? I know what I am thinking but may not convey it well) - the month time can also check the effectiveness of the Metformin in your system.

So I have rambled on and on. Each of us has our own story and will continue to have ups and downs with our condition. Looking for a friend? Please send a friend invite and feel free to ask questions related or not to diabetes. Know that you are not alone with the fears, feelings and frustrations. You're in good hands with us and with your doctor/medical teams.

Knowledge is power.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-01 19:12:23 -0500 Report

Hi Macky. Welcome to our community. There are a few things you will have to change besides your life style.
You must be more precise in knowing what medications you are on and their dosages. In the case of an emergency “metformin or something like that Its a pill I take twice a day” will not be very helpful and the lack of knowing exactly what you are taking could be life threatening.
You must get to understand your numbers, both your test numbers that you get with your meter and the numbers given to you by your doctor. The numbers you give us here are a bit confusing. If you use the calculator on the ADA website the three month average of 170 is equal to an A1c of 7.5%. If your “some number” (likely A1c) is 9%, it is the equivalent of a 211 daily meter reading. Very large difference, especially in the way your diabetes is treated.
Your doctor probably wants to wait a month to see how your blood glucose levels respond to the oral medications. If the response is not good you may have to use insulin.
As far as the number of times to test daily, ask your doctor. He is the only one who would know. Keep a log book of your tests. The more detailed the better. It will help you and your doctor treat your diabetes.
A lot of the questions you are asking us should be asked of your doctor. You should take part in a diabetes management program. The programs are run by Certified Diabetes Educators and will provide you with a wealth of knowledge.
Good luck on your journey. Don’t be a stranger, keep in touch with us.

excard1970 2011-10-01 18:44:10 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed I had an A1C of 15 and regularly had BG's over 500. It got so bad I would test and the meter just said HI. After a while I realized it wasn't saying hello. I was also legally blind having gone from 20/10 vision to 20/200. Once I got the numbers down my eyesight got better (but never as good as it was). I was put on oral meds and that kept me going for about 5 years when insulin became necessary. just don't get overwhelmed at the beginning. There are many good people on here for support, information and inspiration. Good luck and welcome.

2011-10-01 17:56:53 -0500 Report

Maccdaddy~~ Welcome to the site. That some number that the doc told you was 9. Well that is what is known as the HGA1c#. It's a number that the majority of us here (especially me) would love to have below a 7. Any number that is below a 7 is way cool. Anything higher than that is very uncool. It means that you don't have your diabetes under control. One pc. of chocolate isn't bad, but a regular can of Coke has 27 grams of sugar, which is very bad. But if you like regular Coke, than another Coke product that tastes just like it's counter part regular Coke, is Coke Zero. When I was diagnosed w/T2 diabetes 16 yrs ago my A1C was at a 16 and I was 200lbs over weight. Lost the weight, (w/o any type of surgery) but still have the disease. My A1C is now at an 8 which I'm not to happy about. But I am able to keep my blood sugars (b/s) under some type of control. I'm so very sorry to hear that you were diagnosed w/this disease. My sugars never got so high, but they have gotten so low that the paramedics have had to be called to my house several times. I was considered clinically dead until they pumped me w/so much dextrose that I came to and my b/s was at a 30. I don't know what type of meds your Dr will put you on, oral or insulin but we are all here for you buddy. We, here, are all in the same boat. We're just all trying to figure out who wants to be the captain. But you can come on this site w/any type of question that you may have. No question is to stupid or to lame to ask. One of us should know the answer or know where to find it. Again, welcome to this "wild & crazy" site.

moon2 2011-10-01 12:46:03 -0500 Report

Whether you need to go on insulin or not really depends - imho - on how you decide to manage your diabetes. My A1C at diagnosis was 14.7 (vs your 9) and my blood sugar was >600. They had to do insulin drips in ER to bring me down.

I don't agree with the ADA diet - I think it tells people to eat too many carbs. On that diet, my blood sugar was not in control, so I went low-carb (no grains, rice, potatoes, cereal, sugars, fruit except berries, starchy veggies like corn, milk) and eat plenty of meat, fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, veggies, cream, healthy oils (olive, coconut, avocados) - and my last A1C was 5.6, my fastings are usually under 100, I've lost almost 50 lbs, and I'm on metformin extended release but no insulin.

My choice has been not to dance around sugar by eating a little here and there. once I went low-carb, I lost my carb cravings after a couple of weeks. I do have a small square of dark chocolate (85% cocoa) once/day because it's healthy and a real treat. I bake with almond flour, make delicious gluten-free crackers, and have developed delicious workarounds for my favorite dishes. It can be done - though it's an adjustment for sure. The payoff however is so worth it. I feel great!

One of my bibles has been the website bloodsugar101.com which is a great primer on diabetes and everything there is backed by cited studies.

My personal opinion is that you can bring down your blood glucose via diet without the need for insulin.

RAYT721 2011-10-02 04:53:47 -0500 Report

I agree that the guidelines for carbs are way too lenient. When I look at diabetic friendly cookbooks, I cringe. I've seen some 60 gram carb entrees while that for me is a DAY worth of carb grams. Yet some people may tolerate 60+. I'm not one of them.

Harlen 2011-10-01 12:31:21 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
I need some chocolate every now and gain lol
For me the best thing I ever did for me was to learn how to count carbs and you will be able to keep you blood sugars a lot better .
Best wishes

tabby9146 2011-10-02 08:24:00 -0500 Report

me too Harlen! I got some Hershey's Bliss the other day, and I eat 'one' of them per day until the bag is gone, my daughters gets some too so it isn't that much but I have to have it.

2011-10-01 17:58:39 -0500 Report

Don't we all Harlan? I would LOVE to have a piece of chocolate right now, but you know as well as I do… :}

Harlen 2011-10-01 19:03:15 -0500 Report

Dark chocolate isnt to bad lol

2011-10-02 23:42:13 -0500 Report

Your right about that Harlen. Dk choc isn't so bad. It's so delicious and yummy!! But this girl can dream of having a pc of dk choc now. Can't she? It won't do anything to my b/s will it? lol :D

jimmyjames43 2011-10-01 12:21:51 -0500 Report

When i found out my blood sugar was 488,My doctor gave me novolog Insulin to use on a sliding scale as in how much to take,I was then put on metformin,and lantus.Diet control is the key to blood sugars,watch the carbs,and stay away from sugars. I eat a treat once in awhile ,but just a small amount,I drink diet soda,lots of water.Talk to your doc about a diabetic diet or research on line,plus you will have a lot of help from your diabetic family here.We have all been there,and ther is a lot of good advice in here,I learned some new snack Ideas from discussions in here. Chenck your blood sugar in the am vefore breakfaast,at lunch and before dinner,this will help you to know what you can eat. The best thing of all is keep a journal of your diet and blood sugar readings,this is a big help if you have a bad reading,what food may have triggered it. If at any time you just done feel right,check your blood sugar

jancalloway56 2011-10-01 12:43:51 -0500 Report

Awesome info.! Diagnosed 4 wks. ago. Trully a challenge! Kinda of scary! But enjoy the heathy foods now. Lost 26 pds.l Any advice will be more than appreciated! I also take Metformin-2,000 mgs. a day! Does it effect your eyesight? Stomach problems!? Thank you! GB and take care!

2011-10-01 18:06:49 -0500 Report

Hey jancalloway~~ I, like yourself take 2000mgs of Metformin a day. Eyesight's the same, but stomach problems? Yes, ma'am. On the 26th of this month I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy. The test is easy. The hard part is the prep work. I'm not looking forward to the prep work. (YUCK!! :{)

catsissie 2011-10-05 02:55:07 -0500 Report

annalease, just want to say, good for you, getting the test in spite of the prep! I had colon cancer, and even though all I needed was surgery, it was emergency surgery, and the cancer my grandma died of. I later learned, so did an aunt. And it could have been my fate as well. I know this is for diabetics, but I had to say that. Actually, I also had something to ask diabetics who may know the answer. Talking with Mom, a Type 2 since childhood (Grampa was, too, and she gave me other new news, so were some people on Grandma's side) she said she wasn't really surprised that I was a prediabetic even though I don't fit the profile (normal numbers for cholesterol and bp, and underweight) since I was born just over two weeks late. What we wondered is, can this be something I got a huge dose of, genetically? Mom thinks that would be logical. I don't see what else to think, except that it was a good thing I got my dad's good genes for other stuff! All the health issues came from Mom's side…I guess that explains why we're related to more than one person! I have been prediabetic—that I know of—since June this year, so I'm still in the figure-it-out stage. But it's nice not doing it alone.

2011-10-05 18:14:46 -0500 Report

They're gonna see if I have any precancerous anything on my colon & any where else inside my body. But this particular colonoscopy is to see if the Metformin has done anything to my insides. I've been on Metformin since I was diagnosed w/type 2 16 yrs ago. So lets hope that I get a clean bill of health. I really don't mind the test itself, it's the prep work that I HATE!! Sorry to read/hear about all the illness in your family. It really sucks!!

catsissie 2011-10-05 19:17:42 -0500 Report

Good luck! I hope it's all clear, meds are a necessary pain in the tushie, I know! Thanks for the words of understanding, it's good not to be the lone ranger! Please let us know what the word is!

mebetty 2011-10-01 08:11:51 -0500 Report

Hi Macky. You are so lucky to get diagnosed so early on. Your numbers are not too bad but you definitely need to monitor yourself closely to bring them down. Diabetes can get complicated in a relatively short time and affect other organs adversely. Jayabee's suggestions below are right on the money. To indulge every once in a while is not bad, just don't do it daily. And whenever you have those urges, just take small quantities. Instead of a can of Coke, have maybe half a glass. Every once in a while I may have half Almond Joy, put it in the fridge and have the other piece sometime during the week.

Also it may be one product that you are overindulging that is bringing your bg's (blood glucose) up. My sin was Pepsi. I had 2 glasses a sitting - maybe up to 5 or 6 a day. Then I had white rice and pasta at least 5 days a week. Just taking these items off my menu brought me back to 'normal'. However, it does not mean that I am not diabetic. Once you are diagnosed as a diabetic you are diabetic for the rest of your life. BUT it can be controlled in most instances just by monitoring and watching your food intake. Exercise, any kind, is highly recommended.

Good health and Welcome to DC


jancalloway56 2011-10-01 12:45:48 -0500 Report

Thanks for the great information! I'm new at this also! GBU

mebetty 2011-10-02 07:54:10 -0500 Report

Hi Jan- I see you are reading everything you can about diabetes. Good for you! Sorry to hear about your diabetes. But it isn't all bad. If it forces you to take better care of yourself and eat properly - it can be a bliessing, right? There is a lot of information here, and like anything, there is some bad. So it is always advisable to use this forum as a spring board and combine it with your own research.

Welcome to DC! May God continue to guide you through this new lifestyle.


jayabee52 2011-09-30 20:54:48 -0500 Report

Well on the chocolate, how bad it was depends on how big a piece you had! LoL!

Howdy Macky WELCOME to DC! You have a lot of questions I am sure. I feel that this is the best place to find out about the day to day reality of those of us who walk the walk every day.

Your Dr is right. There is no need to freak out. It doesn't do you or your blood glucose (BG) levels any good anyway. There are people on this site who have had diabetes for many years and who have lived a good, full life, with few complications.

170 is a high number, but it is not as bad as being 200 or 300. Generally speaking you want to keep your BG numbers between 70 to 130. I understand that constant readings of 140 or above is where your body begins to have complications from Diabetes. It is good to postpone complications as long as possible or avoid them entirely!

Probably the 9 is a Hemoglobin A1c number (often referred to simply as "A1c"). The normal A1c for a person without diabetes is somewhere between 4 and 6. Here is an article from American Diabetes Association about A1c: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/... I pray this makes sense to you.

As far as how to use your meter, I believe that you should test your blood a MINIMUM of 3 times a day. You may choose to test more often, especially since you are new to diabetes, but 3 times per day is a MINIMUM. The insurance companies want you to lower your testing times to save them money, but if you have good reasons for the additional testing they should allow it.

The reason I say a minimum of 3 is you should do a fasting BG reading, when you first get up, and then a bedtime BG reading to make sure you won't go low overnight and the 3rd test should be one 2 hours ("Postpradial") after a meal of your choice to see how that meal has affected your BG levels. You, of course can choose different meals for different days of the week.

One of the things you can ask your Dr next visit is "Can I manage my diabetes with diet and exercise alone, without the use of diabetes medications?"

(I have had type 2 diabetes for 16 years. I have been on metformin 9 yrs, and on insulin for 6. None of my Drs suggested I try to manage it with what I ate.
I came to the conclusion on my own to try my experement, and notified my new Dr about it.)

There's a lot more I could tell you here, but I don't want to dump a whole blizzard of information on you just right now.

One more thing though is important to keep in mind. Take it easy on yourself!
You don't have to be perfectly in control all the time. You are allowed to be human.

Diabetes is like a marathon race. If you try to sprint the whole way you'll burn out and you'll lose "the race". Diabetes is not a race you have to come in first to win. You just have to cross the finish line. Take baby steps in learning to control your BG.

I pray you success in managing your diabetes

God's richest blessings to you and yours


jancalloway56 2011-10-01 12:55:35 -0500 Report

Thank you James for the info! I felt like as if I were labled,and in a corner by myself,but each day I get stronger. Was diagnosed 4 wks ago. I broke down this past week,because my reading was 200,it just hit me hard,because I thought I was doing everything alright. As I do more research on Diabetes,the more I find that its ok! It will take 2/3 months to get controll with medications. So I will take baby steps..So glad I found this site,really good info.,and encouragment…the Metformin(2,000 mg.,daily) affects my eyes,but reading,in time will level out! Any more advice! Thank you,and GOD bless you!

jayabee52 2011-10-01 13:19:27 -0500 Report

Howdy Jan!

You are certainly NOT alone! Just here on this site there are 1/2 million members. Not all of them are Persons with diabetes (PWDs) but are there to learn and support a loved one who is a PWD.

Yes diabetes takes time to get under control, and it can be frustrating. I really hadn't got it under very good control until I got my eating under better control. I started a low carb high protein eating plan, and manage my BG levels without the use of medications for diabetes. I feel that one's eating plan is the key to good control. At least it was for me. When I depart from my plan my Blood Glucose readings show it.

As your BG levels come down more toward normal range your eyes will go back to what your vision would normally be. Until you have had normal BG levels for a week or two, you should wait to get your eyes tested for prescription glasses. You don't want to have glasses you cannot use because they are the wrong strength.

If you have further questions, please ask them, preferrably in a new discussion where more people can see them and weigh in. That way you get not only my experience and/or opinion, but also that of many other PWDs who have also struggled with this condition for a while.

Praying God's blessings on you and yours


jancalloway56 2011-10-01 13:40:30 -0500 Report

Thank you so very much James! When I was being tested,retested for Diabetes,I quickly started eating only vegs. & fruits,drink only water,skim milk,and occasionally skim milk..my body went into shock and I was quite sick for a couple of weeks,but I feel really great now…and guilt free. Loosing weight gave me more confidence.I had already been walking and exercising… Shopping for healthy food is a challenge! Miss my diet-cokes! lol…thank you so much for your advice,and it gives me such comfort now that I have found you all…GOD bless you friend! I hope you have a very blessed and joyful weekend! GB ~~by the way~Howdy James! lol…Smile GOD loves you!

DragonDreams 2011-09-30 20:33:53 -0500 Report

I am going to give you the info that's in a handout my diabetes educator gave me. About insulin: People with type I diabetes need to start taking insulin right after diagnosis. And many people with type II diabetes end up needing insulin as well. Go here to learn more: http://www.medicinenet.com/insulin/article.htm For your glucose target pre-meal recommended is 90 - 130 and 2 hours after meal is 100 - 160. For more info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-glucos... Yes 170 is high. The doctor wants the recheck to see how the metformin is working. If the metformin, and healthier eating habits are not helping enough, other meds may be needed. For testing, my diabetes educator wanted me to test twice a day, at different times, to help figure out what was my normal for the first week. After that once a day, and to keep a log of the results. I've been doing pre- and post- meal tests to figure out how different foods affect me. The *something* number is probably your a1c. It measures your average blood glucose level for the last 2-3 months. (a 9 means around 212 for an average) to understand your a1c and blood glucose results better: http://ndep.nih.gov/media/knownumbers_eng.pdf For high blood sugar info: http://www.medicinenet.com/hyperglycemia/arti... As for a pop or candy craving, it depends on how much you have and your pre-treat glucose reading. If your bs (blood sugar) is too high, don't. If it's on the lower end, have one serving (read the label) and retest (wait 2 hours for an accurate reading). It's important to figure out how different foods affect you, so keep a food journal. What you had, how much, and when. That will help you when you are trying to figure out why a bs reading is high, normal, or low. Exercise and stress (so stop panicking) will also affect your bs readings. That is why the doc will repeat the a1c test periodically. Doing a little research will help to answer many of the questions you may still have, but consider the source that you use. I hoped this helped you, and if someone tries to sell you a "cure" don't go for it. If there was a cure everyone with diabetes would be beating down their door.

stormz 2011-09-30 20:48:33 -0500 Report

Welcome macdaddy1971 to dc! Sorry to say but 170 is high for a diabatic. Should be much lower. You would want it to be around 120 or a little lower. Get a meter so you can test yourself several times a day. Your doctor should have given you one when he told you at your last appointment. Sorry to hear he did not. Your insurance should cover it. Along with the test stripes. Stay away from sugar and carbs. Easy to say hard to do. I know as I have been a diabetic for over 11 years now. Don't think of it as a diet think of it as a life plan. It's just a big change in the way you eat. You should try to limit your regular cokes try to switch to diet I know it will be hard but this is a life change that your going through. We are all here to help you go through it too. That is why you came here. For help and support. We are all here for you. We all have urges for something sweet every now and then. We just need to limit in what we eat. Look for low calorie sweets. There is a lot more out there now than there was 11 years ago. Your lucky in that department.
If you need any help give me a shout I am usually online and I will gladly help you out as I am sure most here will too. I hope you have found some of this helpful. I'll say a pray for you and I hope to see more of you here!

jancalloway56 2011-10-01 13:03:28 -0500 Report

Wow,wonderful advice stormz! Diagnosed 4 wks ago. Thanks for the "Dont think of it as a diet,but a life plan"! It is a daily challenage,and sometimes I think it's not fair.But, to me it's a wake up call from GOD! I told myself~live or die~ I chose to live. Now it bothers me to watch my husband eat unhealthy foods…(no he wont change). It's a comfort to know you guys are here to encourage and make me feel as if I'm not alone! Thank you and GOD bless you!

classof78 2011-10-02 21:51:57 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in late Oct. 2010. I have made many changes in my diet also. My husband doesn't realize he is eating more healthy food or he would rebel. He says if he ever gets Diabetes he won't test-sees no reason. So, since he won't change on his own, I give him more veg. less carbs etc. in an effort to at least put off what is probably inevitable knowing his family history.

stormz 2011-10-01 13:20:11 -0500 Report

Thank you! If I thought of it as a diet I would die because a diet is something you are on for a short period of time..this is not something that is a short period of time as you know it is life long! That is why I call it my life plan. I too have times when I want something sweet after 11 years gosh do I want something sweet but do I have to limit myself seeing as I have high cholestrole and the sugar problems. But under control thank God! When I do cheat it is something like low sugar ice cream or fruit, Only because I recently lost 60 pounds. I am not going backwards there. Now I am going to begin the biggest challange in my life I am going to stop smoking. I have tried in the past but this time I am doing it right. I have sought out help. My quit date is Oct. 3rd. I have my patches and I am ready to do this. I know I can. Last time I almost did it but I went back to my old ways when my mom past away then I broke my ankle and leg at her funeral. This time is different I have a support group, patches, gum the works and I am positive I can do it. My last step in life that is holding me back to great health. Wish me luck! Sorry didn't mean to go off target there. Just need extra support. Thanks.

jancalloway56 2011-10-01 13:44:54 -0500 Report

Amen! Congrats on the weight loss! I eat sweet potatoes when craving something sweet ot the Nutella! Its good combined with peanutbutter,like a Reece's cup. Thank you and GOD bless!

stormz 2011-10-01 13:52:23 -0500 Report

Thank you! Great idea I always hear of it but never remember to buy it I just wrote it down so I will remember! Your welcome. GOD Bless!

Anonymous 2011-09-30 18:54:16 -0500 Report

Hi macky, my doctor told me to keep it 140 2 hrs after I eat. Fasting should be 105 in morning. So far I found lots of things to eat with splenda it helps with craveing..they have sugar free choclates..

IMUA 2011-10-06 06:45:22 -0500 Report

Hi,I am a newby as well to the club.Relax,Read,Exercise-alot…You are not alone.

jancalloway56 2011-10-01 13:05:22 -0500 Report

I reseached the net,and found that Stevia, is more natural than Splenda! It was also on the morning news this past week! I only use it in oatmeal. Great taste! GBU