I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes :(

By Lilly8483 Latest Reply 2013-06-16 13:26:43 -0500
Started 2011-10-16 14:06:30 -0500

I was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and I don't know where to start. I was prescribed metformin 500g but not sure other than diet and exercise on what I'm suppose to do . I am I suppose to keep a daily track of my blood levels? Im so confused. I should've asked more questions to my doctor but all I wanted to do is get out of her office . Can someone suggest something ? Thank you

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Nshawk4 2013-06-16 13:26:43 -0500 Report

I too was recently diagnosed with Type 2 while in hospital for another reason. They came in went to their computer and without looking at me said you have diabetes .. of course I said you have the wrong person. Five minutes later a diabetes educator came in and gave me a 15 minutes lesson in taking blood and diabetes! I was still trying to get my head around I have diabetes! In the end I went to my doctor who sat down with me and went thru everything again. He referred me to Cascade Health Solutions an educator and dietitian. My first consult was an hour and very helpful. I start classes next week for four weeks (can take another person with me for free). In the middle of the two weeks I see a dietitian. I am on Medicare, so only have to pick up what they don't pay for which is not much. Get your doctor to refer you.

I also use an application on my iPhone/iPad/Smart Phone called My Fitness Pal .. this is very helpful for me in tracking my foods, carbs, fats, protein, etc. I can then print off this diary to take to the educator/dietitian as needed.

Good luck, hope this is all helpful.

LouellaMarie 2011-10-20 02:38:44 -0500 Report

I would call right away and ask your doctors office to recommend you to go to diabetes classes, I think all clinics and hospitals have classes for beginners like "us". I am new too and they have schedualed me for 4 classes, one on working my blood meter to check my blood sugar, one is with a diatition, and one with a diabetic specialist that will tell me all about my condition, that is exactly what I think YOU should do too! make that call as soon as you can. Louella

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-19 10:07:21 -0500 Report

Welcome Lillly! Well this is a good place to start, tips and support here are wonderful.Like msbadgirl stated, you defintly need to talk more with your doc. Glad to c you going back. For your diet you need to cut out sugary drinks and snacks right off the bat. Don't know what your habits were before but drinking more water is helping me out and finding different snacks does also. Watching your labels is key. I never knew i was supposed to watch my carbs also! I thought just sugar ya know! The nutritonist will be a big help with this! Good luck and if you have any more ?'s, or just need to vent, we are all here for you! God Bless.

Gordon Lee
Gordon Lee 2011-10-18 15:20:06 -0500 Report

Hello And Welcome I Guess, This Past March My Dr Told me I Have Type 2 Diabetes, My Dr All So Told Me I All So Had High Blood Presher And High Cholesterol, My Dr All So Put me On Metformin 500g Twice A Day,Becouse Of My Work I Starded To Walk A Lot And This Summer I Lost 30 Pd And Becouse Of The Diet Change My Wife All So Lost 20 Pd So It Has Helped Us Both, We Go For More Pedle Bike Rides, Its Not All Bad I Like All The New Changes It Has Mead Me Do, Good Luck

msbadgirl 2011-10-16 15:33:16 -0500 Report

Hi Lilly. Getting hit with the big D diagnosis is like a big smack to the head isn't it. Confusion at first is normal. Go back & talk to your doctor, but make a list of the questions you want answered before you go. Yes you should begin keeping track of your blood sugar levels. Ask your doctor how often he wants you to test and to also prescribe you or give you a referral for a diabetic nutrition class (insurance will pay for these if not free in your area) as well as a prescription for a blood glucose meter & testing strips/lancets. The strips are stupid expensive w/o a prescription. Your doctor has started you on Metformin to see how your body will respond…take your diagnosis seriously & work to get blood sugar under control. You will need to make changes to how you eat & exercise. If pills, alone don't work with diet/exercise, your doctor may add insulin to your treatment. It will take time to get adjusted, but it won't be all bad if you take control & not let it control you.

Lilly8483 2011-10-17 09:43:09 -0500 Report

Thank you so much :) I started writing my questions down and scheduled an appointment with a nutritionist . I was not given a blood glucose meter and but I got one. I don't know what is a normal reading. I go back to see my doctor on November 9th. Yes, I am so confused but like you said I know I need to take control and not let it control me . Thank you so much again

RAYT721 2011-10-24 21:13:25 -0500 Report

It sounds like you're on the right path with taking notes and creating a plan of action. As with anything you can't get where you're going if you don't know where that is. You're in good hands here on the emotional side. Let the medical team work on the medical side … We either are, have been or will be where you are so we completely understand the fears, feelings and frustrations. My advice? Take baby steps and remember that slow and steady wins the race. Too many people burn out by trying to accomplish everything overnight. MsBadGirl said it best: if you take control & not let it control you!!!

Heather44118 2011-10-16 14:21:10 -0500 Report

you really need to talk to your doctor. They should tell you how often you need to test and give you a perscription for testing supplies. Did they give you a monitor and test strips. I test 3 times Once in the morning then once before a meal and then 2 hours after the first bite. woman are supposed to eat 3 meals a day and then 1-2 snacks. Meals 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and snack 15- 30 grams of carbs. Your doctor may have you watching you fats… You will have to calculate those in. Talk to your doctor about a nutrionist. They really help figure out what you can eat, how much and how often. I eat 5-6 small meals a day that have no more that 30 grams of carbs per serving. THis site is really great I have gotten tons of advice. Welcome.
I also keep a diary of EVERYTHING I eat. Without cheating this makes me accountable for what I do and where I need to improve. I also keep track of my blood sugar levels, the times and if it is before and after I eat.

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