I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 last week and nervous.

By lighthousebay Latest Reply 2011-12-13 15:59:27 -0600
Started 2011-12-10 20:53:20 -0600

I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 last week and was put on Metformin and have to go on a lowfat/lowcarb diet. This came on so quickly, but I fear I've had this many years do to the fact that I had symptoms. But everything hit me all at once 3 weeks ago. My mouth was so dry and I guzzled water non-stop, but was still dry, sleeping all the time, urinating, but attributed that to all the water I drank. I keep getting infections and this has been going on for years. The kicker was, when I went in for my doctor appointment, he said I've lost 30 pounds within a 3 week period, because that was the last I was weighed since I had a sinus infection and had to see him. I weighed in at 205 lbs and was down to 175 this past week and I was not doing anything to lose weight. Anyhow, my Diabetic Education doesn't begin till December 28th. I use the Freestyle Slim Glucose Meter and the last 2 days, it's been showing high which is over 500 mg/dl … it's kinda scaring me with it being so high and I'm not on insulin yet. This really sux with the Holidays upon us and now I have to find new recipes for the deserts, cookies etc. I just wished the education could start now, so I don't go into diabetic shock from eating too many Carbs, etc…

Maybe someone can give me advice on how to get this blood sugar down without being on Insulin at this time till I get ahold of my doctor on Monday!

btw, it's nice to meet you all and hopefully we can all help each other out one day through advice etc…

4 replies

Kirla 2011-12-10 21:59:28 -0600 Report

This is what I believe has helped me the most.

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

Caroltoo 2011-12-10 21:57:05 -0600 Report

There is a lot of literature and information out there which seems to conflict. Take your time with it and don't let it confuse you. Much of the apparent conflict is because, though we have many of the same problems, we are all a bit different in terms of the solution that fits us. You will need to experiment to see what works for you. You may also find that, as you improve, you will need to reevaluate what you are doing and tweak it some more. Life with Diabetes is a constant kaleidoscope of changes…the challenge is to find what works for YOU.

A good starting point is to increase fiber, decrease carbs, do not eat anything highly refined (this is the "white" stuff—bread, sugar, rice, potatoes, etc), eat lean protein (meat, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs), use healthy oils (olive is my favorite), and reduce your portion size. Balance is the key to success.

Don't consume juice, sugar, high glycemic index foods. Some of these you may be able to add back in later, so don't hear this as a life sentence, but for now, don't do them because your immediate goal is to bring your BG down as quickly as you can. Once you are in a safer range, you can experiment some with what you do/don't handle to well.

Note: If you aren't familiar with the glycemic index, google it. Basically it is a list of carb sources. The ones that are high, raise your BG high. The lower GI veggies and fruit, give you fiber and nutrients without running your BG too high.

Drink lots of water all day.

Balance your protein, fat, and carbs at ALL meals. Many of us have learned to eat veggies in our breakfasts so we have the needed fiber and protein to balance the carbs.

Wishing you the best as you take on this challenge. You can win!!

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-12-10 21:41:18 -0600 Report

Your doctor may prescribe a different dosage or more frequent dosages of metformin. The doctor may also combine the metformin in with other oral meds. You may never have to go on insulin.
Keep a detailed log book of your tests with dates and times. Also try to record the carbs you are eating. The more detailed information you give your doctor the better he can develop a game plan with you.
Bring a list of questions to ask your doctor. Let him know your concerns.
Nothing ever happens over night. It could be a few weeks or a few months before you start to see significant results. Its a lot of work at first but it is well worth it. You can have a very normal life without complications.
Happy Holidays (it is possible with diabetes).
Good luck and Godspeed. :)

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