Just Diagnosed, confused & scared

By Bladerunner Latest Reply 2011-10-13 20:54:00 -0500
Started 2011-10-08 21:15:34 -0500

I recently found out about my diabetes. Doctor told me my glucose number w/fasting 404 and got some pills to take and told to watch my diet.

Watch my diet! What does that mean? Been looking online for some clue of what I should eat (or what not to eat) and I'm confused. Does anyone have a book recommendation?

Boy, these pill are making me sick to my stomach.

11 replies

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-13 20:54:00 -0500 Report

Bladerunner the Internet will be one of your best tools. Search for nutritional data sites, look up any med you are taking for side effects or might not work with some of your other meds also read as much about diabetes as you can find

sheriden 2011-10-11 19:41:47 -0500 Report

Welcome so sorry your doc is so well we will pass that one up. 1st I would find a real doctor who cares helps you get educated on the diabetic issues. You need to watch your carb's big one. Should not eat more than 18 per meal if weight problem way less. The food package will say total carb's per serving. I was told nop more than 15 for women around 20 for men so am giving in between number. With that high of a number you should have a BG monitor so that you can watch what is going on, The great number is 80 but we are not here because we have great numbers right. Honey I am trying to help and you are in the right place the people here are great. But I am telling you Your number one concern is a good doctor and health care teem we are here but we are not a sub, for a good doc and health teem. Blessings and prayers to you love.

Copperchef 2011-10-11 10:05:27 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. Glad you are here.
My very first doctor did the same to me. Gave me a perscription and said you need to watch your diet. (Translation-You have Type 2 and that is all I know.)
Get a referral for an Endocrinologist, who has a history of treating diabetes, not just diabetics. Will require some research, but not hard to do. Ask questions from each of the staff members at the various offices you contact. Finally, when you make a descision, ask the Endo more questions. Like what can I expect from the disease, do you refer to a dietician, how often do you want me to get my retinas checked, When do I see a podiatrist and what other education can you recommend or refer me to?? Just a few of the basics.
Remeber, we are all individuals. We are all going to respond differently to treatment and medication. With this disease there are no pat answers. You have to find the regimen that works for you. But never be afraid to get a second opinion. I used to trust my current Internist, but his practice changed and so, I sought out a Endo who listens. Very important, some hear, but don't listen.
By the way, I am currently seeking a new Internist as my physician.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-10 18:09:31 -0500 Report

Hi Bladerunner: 1st of all, WELCOME TO DIABETIC CONNECT. You couldn't have picked a better site for your diabetic problem. Some of the most insightful, up-to-date folks are here. You will find help and friendship here, I promise that. Don't be scared, although I think everyone goes through that stage. On this site there is a place you can click onto called "Living with Diabetes" another is the " 21 Days guide". These can be located in the discussion part of this sight. For now, no sugars OF ANY KIND…no breads so to speak, no breakfast cereal, unless the carb count is low on the box. Vegies, salads and lean protein are what you should eat. If I can be of further help, just holler…Valentine Lady

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-10-10 15:13:05 -0500 Report

Hi Bladerunner,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. You sure came to the right place.

I am not a physician but I counsel people facing medical diagnoses, so I would like to let you know what I tell them and hopefully give you some useful information at the same time.

A new diagnosis brings up a lot of emotions, like anger, fear, disappointment. It's really important to have someone to talk about how you're feeling emotionally, someone who can listen and offer support, and try to tell you want to do. So I hope you are getting a lot of support.

It's also a good idea to get yourself educated. Does your doctor have a nurse on staff who is a diabetic nurse educator? Have you been able to meet with your doctor and talk about next steps? Sometimes doctors have to be reminded that you are new at this and that you have a lot of questions.

It might help to make a list of your questions and then call your doctor's office and see if you can talk with someone there, the doctor or a nurse, who can advise you. Your doctor may also have some handouts that he/she can provide you with.

You might also consider looking into a local support group so that you can connect with and share experiences, and maybe get some ideas, from other people facing diabetes.

As for your stomach ache, I would definitely encourage you to talk to your doctor about this. It's important to keep in touch with him/her about how you are tolerating the medication.

Stay in touch with your new friends here on Diabetic Connect. Let us be your partners on this journey.


long island girl
long island girl 2011-10-10 09:27:04 -0500 Report

hi blade i have struggled with diabetes for a long time now i am now getting complications toe that hasn't healed over a year neuropathy pain very bad try to watch your diet now so you don't have complications i finally found a dietician who takes my insurance my bs has gone down my toe is starting to heal it is amazing what food combinations do to your bs you should try to see a dietician i tip she taught me was to have a yogurt or 1 cup of skim milk before you go to sleep it helps with your bs during the night good luck

Kirla 2011-10-08 23:21:25 -0500 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

PastorBob 2011-10-08 22:26:11 -0500 Report

Hi Blade! It seems overwhelming but as you learn and adapt it gets easier. There is plenty of help in this community, we are all in the same boat. Try to avoid the things that was already listed, try to avoid starches (white breads, white rice, potatoes, etc) and drink plenty of water. Hang tough, you'll get the hang of it and remember, we're here to help.

redcamel 2011-10-08 22:13:54 -0500 Report

Hi Blade Take the pills Metformin I bet with food. Cut out processed sugar coke candy and if you can fast food. Fruit and nuts seem to be easier on the body. Nuts have protien and fruit is natural sugar that is absorbed by the body slowly. Diet is not the main issue its what you eat. I have been diabetic for almost 10 years and have no complications and eat almost anything I want (no candy coke etc ) You will be ok it just forces you to change your diet that should be done anyway.

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