Newly Diagnosed

Melissa Leonard
By Melissa Leonard Latest Reply 2012-04-02 16:02:13 -0500
Started 2011-12-17 11:01:41 -0600

i've been recently diagnosed with diabetis,right now i'm only on glucofage/metformin.i'm so scared that if i don't learn how to get my sugar under control with diet and excercise that i will end up having to take shots.i don't even like to stick my finger,and i don't so i'm living in the dark about my disease…i know what i have to do/need to do but how do i make myself do it?i also feel like i'm in a prison,how do you know what foods you can and can't eat?


30 replies

pandalays
pandalays 2011-12-29 22:29:53 -0600 Report

Hi Mellisa!I understand what you are going through!Dont worry .Dont get scared.There are so many in this world who are diabetic.Its like learning to swim.you got to coordinate many things. It looks that you are type2.If you were type1 you would have no choice .you had to take shots.so dont panic.You can know all about your disease by reading articlesand going through the discussions.we have to change the way of our life .GOD finds this way to dicipline our lifeOnce you learn you enjoy life.Take care You stiil can have a very happy life.Wish you a very happy new year!

2011-12-22 17:27:32 -0600 Report

Welcome Melissa!! I know it's hard when one is newly diagnosed. But if you stick w/us who have been around the diabetes block a few times we'll show you what you need to be done. And if you have "Mr." J~A~B in your corner he's the go to man. Please forgive me and my rudeness. My name is Annalease, & I've been on this diabetic road for the past 16.5 years. I was diagnosed @ the age of 28. Due to the fact that I loved food so much that I tilt the scales at a whopping 260lbs. Lost the wt., but diabetes is like having children. You have them/it for life!! But like I said, welcome to the site, & if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask. No question is to dumb or silly.

Jeanae
Jeanae 2011-12-21 10:49:13 -0600 Report

You are definitely at the right site. When I was diagnosed my dr.s gave me my meter, told me to read the booklet, gave me metformin, insulin and pushed me out the door. No advice or guidance on anything! I was TERRIFIED! Thank God I found this site and these people are so encouraging, knowledgable and helpful. They guided me to the right articles to read, books, and other sites to visit. Even if I don't post often, I log on every day and read tons of the discussions. My aic went from over 10 to almost 7. I lost 50 pounds, I feel great, I am no longer on insulin… Don't be afraid- instead feel empowered. You are not in prison, you are on work release. And it is work- at first. It is work to read as much as you can, test yourself often to see what your body does after certain types of food or exercise, journal everything from food, to readings, to your feelings… and read and learn from these amazing people. When you are discouraged- log on and read others stories. You can do this! Good luck!

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2011-12-19 19:14:52 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa, how are you doing today? I know how you feel, I felt the same way when I found out I was a Type 2 diabetic!! Stay encourage, once you find out all of the facts, you will feel much better, about everything!! And also, that's why we are on DC, where we can get advice, give advice, learn from one another, because we all share the same disease! Hang in there, everything will work out, an you will be able to overcome all your fears!!!

Melissa Leonard
Melissa Leonard 2011-12-19 10:15:42 -0600 Report

thank you so much to everyone who replied,you gave me alot of wonderful advice.the first thing i need to start doing is sticking my fingers every day…i can't fix what i'm doing wrong if i don't know whats wrong to start with.i need to come out of the dark of diabeties and start living with it! thank you again everyone.

Fyremarshal
Fyremarshal 2011-12-21 16:26:30 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa. Although I wasn't diagnosed with diabetes, I was told by my doctor that I am borderline and that I can control it with my diet. However, I do check my sugar when I first get up and after my first meal, because that's when the problems usually happen either my sugar will be too high or too low. I am still learning about my body what I can eat what I can't eat, and what I should eat. There are sometimes when my sugar will be 81, and then it will zoom up to 160, and then back down to 97. That roller coaster ride is no fun, and I usually feel very weird during that time. Thank goodness there is a lot of help out here for all of us. Here's hoping that you feel better.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-22 17:07:21 -0600 Report

Howdy Fyremarshall! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I have found a way to determine better what foods or drinks "play nice" with your metabolism. If you are interested I will share it here. All you need do is ask.

Praying Christmas blessings to you and yours.

James

2011-12-22 17:17:15 -0600 Report

I'll "play nice" w/my metabolism if you teach me how. Maybe if I play nice w/it it will help me lower my b/s, and maybe I'll even loose some weight. Please teach me Mr. J~A~B. I'm a very good student.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-22 17:24:33 -0600 Report

But of course! Happy to share

TESTING THE EFFECTS OF FOODS ON MY BLOOD GLUCOSE

What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my "baseline reading".
I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either foodpicker.org (http://foodpicker.org/) or nutrition data.com (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) or ( http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp )

I eat a recommended portion of that food.

Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with that food on it, and record the baseline, the portion conumed and the postprandial results, and my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

To some it may seem like a lot of testing. But to me the cost of the stips I use (I usually buy extra and pay for those out of my pocket) is worth the information on my unique metabolism and how it handles food, and what I can eat, what I should eat sparingly, and that which I absolutely must avoid

I pray that this is of some use to you!

James

2011-12-22 17:53:43 -0600 Report

More valuable and well taken. I will follow your prime example, and do that. Thank you James. I figure if it works for you, then it's gotta work for me. You're the Man, Mr. J~A~B!! Thank You from the bottom of my heart!!

2011-12-22 23:41:11 -0600 Report

Merry Christmas & a fantastic healthy 2012!! I hope it's a good 1!!

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 15:25:24 -0600 Report

Good for you!! Join us in being warriors against D! We fight for the right to party…I mean poke our fingers!! LOL Just a little D humor!
We are here for any ?'s you might have, or if you just want to vent!
Be Blessed,
Mickey

Mickey/CCHT
Mickey/CCHT 2011-12-19 07:29:54 -0600 Report

Hello Melissa, Just wanted to welcome you to DC…this is a wonderful place to be for knowledge and support.
I felt the same way when I was trying to get myself under control. This site has been a HUGE help.
The responses below have all said what I would have!! It just takes time, patience and knowledge. The more you learn, the more you will be able to put into place for yourself. My biggest thing is to keep a food journal that you also keep track of your testing bs #'s. This has been such a huge help to me, it shows me what is working for me and what does not. Plus you can take it with you to your doc appt's and they can see how you have been doing. Very important information. Also drinking a lot of water is a biggie. I have water with me all day long. Sure I have slipped up here and there and had a little bit of coke, but then i just get back on the band wagon and slug a bunch of water and get back into the groove!!!

Don't beat yourself up for any slip-ups, they happen. We are human. Just keep trying and know that yours numbers will not be fixed overnight. It took me just over 2months to get my A1c from 8.7 to 7.1. I still have a ways to go. I'm also on glucophage and my doc didn't put me on insulin. She could see that I was making progress and I have to go back in 3months to be rechecked. Hang in there!! It will get better.
Have a Blessed Holiday,
Mickey

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-12-18 19:29:03 -0600 Report

HI Melissa,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. As you see from the great replies you received, you defiinitely came to the right place!

I just want to encourage you to get a lot of emotional suppot during this time. As you said, it is scary to get a new diagnosis. It brings up lots of questions, lots of uncertainty. The best way to tackle the fear factor is with emotional support and information. I hope that you have people in your life who just listen to what's going on with you, and be there when you need them to listen some more.

And you have lots of supportive friends right here. So please keep us posted!

Gary

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-18 00:20:06 -0600 Report

Howdy Melissa. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! So sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little family" but am happy you are here to hang out with us.

Carol Joyce and patricia (pc) gave you a good place to start. I'd like to help you build a list of foods you CAN eat and maintain good BG control.

First a bit of background: Each person with diabetes is unique in how they metabolize foods, drinks and even medications. Some folks can do well with metformin/glucophage others take it and get sick immediately. There is nothing "wrong" with them it is just personal genetic differences. Genetic differences cause one person's eyes to be blue, another's brown, another's green. That does not make the brown eyed or green eyed person wrong for not having blue eyes.

Likewise the metabolising of foods or drinks. If I am able to eat "old fashioned" oatmeal (for instance) without it raising my BG levels a lot, that doesn't make me better than or more right than someone who cannot eat it without spiking 100 points. But each person with diabetes needs to know what our favorite foods do to our BG levels. To do that requires a lot of testing! The following is how I find out what foods spike me and what foods "play nice" with my metabolism. I commend this to you for your personal adoption too:

[1]What I do is to take a BG reading before I test a food. That is my "baseline reading." ( if you have just done your first morning reading you may use that as your "baseline")

[2] I determine what a "serving" of a particular food is using either foodpicker.org (http://foodpicker.org/) or nutrition data.com (http://nutritiondata.self.com/) or ( http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/4486.asp ) — use the one which is easiest for you to use —

[3] eat a recommended portion of that food. Then 2 hrs lafter my first bite I take a "postpramdial" reading. That will tell me how much that particular portion of food has raised my BG levels over my baseline readings. If it raises my BG less than 50 pts, I may eat that portion without much trouble. If it raises my BG over 50 then I need decide whether it is too much over 50 or not and I may want to retest it with a lower portion size. If it is closer to a 100 pts raise then I usually decide to avoid that food altogether.

[4] I then put a page in my 3 ring binder with the name of that food on it, and record(1) the baseline, 92) the portion conumed and (3) the postprandial results, and9 (4) my decisions made, whether to retest with a lower portion, and then results of that test, or if I decided to avoid that food altogether.

I do that so I remember what I've tested and what my decisions were, so I don't have to test again needlessly.

That way I have a book of what works for ME and my metabllism specifically.

To some it may seem like a lot of testing. But to me the cost of the stips I use (I usually buy extra and pay for those out of my pocket) is worth the information on my unique metabolism and how it handles food, and what I can eat, what I should eat sparingly, and those which I absolutely MUST avoid to avoid spikes.

And about sticking your fingers: Where on your fingers do you poke? Is it on the fleshy pad directly on the under side of the fingernail? If so, may I suggest using the lancet pen right NEXT to the finger nail. For me at least it seems that I have less nerve endings close to the nail, and if you are doing anything like typing or playing a stringed instrument your soreness may be at a minimum, because you are not putting pressure directly on the "injured" part of the finger.

Try it you just might like it. And in fact the blood flow in the fingers ia more up to date than testing on your arms for some teason. Blood you get from your arms can be 20 minutes old, I am told. So if you are going low, you may not know it until 20 minutes later. Likewise for a rising BG level. It possobly may lead to mistakes.

There is more I could add, but this will do for now. Let me know should you have further questions.

Praying Christmas blessings upon you and yours!

James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-12-17 20:49:42 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa and welcome to DC. Ask your doctor about using your arm for testing. I had to stop sticking my fingers because they were sore and I typed a lot at work. To me testing on my arm was less painful. I have an ACCU-CHEK multiclix and can test on my arm with it.

I am also on Metformin once a day. I got my blood sugar under control by changing what I eat. You also have to stay hydrated, I drink a lot of water and I use a lot of crystal light (Great Value, Walmart brand is cheaper and I can't tell the difference). I also do a lot of walking.

As for getting your sugar levels under control, you have to change what you eat. I don't eat at McDonalds or other fast food restaurants. I also try not to eat processed foods because of the sodium. Eliminate white foods such as pasta, rice, bread and potatoes. Fruits make their own sugars so be aware of how much you eat. I also bake, broil or grill all of my meats including bacon and sausage. Please don't ask me about microwaving anything. I have one but I use it for boxes of cereal.

You should also talk to a nutritionist. When I was first diagnosed, I created a spreadsheet of everything I ate and took that and my readings log to my doctor and the nutritionist.

If you don't already have one, go to www.AmMedBetterCare.com and order 5 free diabetic cookbooks and you get a meal planner with them. Diabetic Living has a wonderful magazine full of recipes.

I also bought books that helped a lot. My favorites are Everything Diabetic and The Everything Diabetic Cookbook. Look for Diabetic Health Fairs in your area. I went to one and got all kinds of free information and got a lot of my questions answered.

You can do this. The people here at DC are a great group and have all kinds of advice and are very supportive. Good Luck

Young1s
Young1s 2011-12-17 13:16:13 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC Melissa. If you are looking for support, suggestions on how to maintain a healthy life or a place to just get stuff off your chest, then you have come to the right place.

You have been given some excellent advise below so there isn't much more I could offer. The only things I would add/reiterate is, You Must Start Testing Yourself. The only way to know how high or low you are, how foods and beverages are effecting you, whether it is safe for you to exercise or not, etc…is by testing. The last thing you want to do is be in the dark about your diabetes.

Which brings me to another point. Research, research, research. DC is a great source of information for all types of diabetes, but most of what is offered here is the opinions of individual experiences not fact. For that you need to tap into medical sources, outside of the community. We all do it, it's just part of the learning process.

Your not going to learn it all in a day and that's okay but you will get the hang of this. And don't beat yourself up if you have a slip up/lapse in judgement, it happens. You just start anew and try to do better from that point on. This new transition in life, but the more you work at it, the smoother it will become. Be blessed.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-17 13:58:00 -0600 Report

Melissa: I missed one of the important "white" things to avoid — breads, pie crust, brownies, anything using highly processed flour. Some find they manage well with limited amounts of whole grain bread. You will need to see what works for you.

Caroltoo
Caroltoo 2011-12-17 11:42:34 -0600 Report

Melissa,

You will find discussions that will give you information in more detail, but a really brief primer to get you started may help you control some of your fears as you begin to learn the information that you will need to manage the disease and maintain your health.

The simplest way to begin to control BG (blood glucose) is to avoid the white stuff. By this I mean eliminate (at least for now) the white versions of rice, potatoes, sugar, and, for some of us, milk. Eventually, you can try out the browner versions of some of these, but your immediate goal is to lower your BG close to the normal range and that is easiest to do if you remove this items completely for a while. Highly refined or processed foods are more quickly digested so give you a quick rise in BG that needs to be avoided. With time and control, you will learn how to balance some of these quickly digested foods with others that take longer to digest.

Also avoid juice. It is roughly the equivalent of mainlining sugar. Most fruit is fine, so you get the flavor that way where the juice is still in with the fiber which helps to slow the digestive process.

Balance your meals: have half of your plate be lower glycemic index fruits and veggies, one quarter should be lean protein, and one quarter should be carbs/grains. Balance is important because it keeps high GI foods from be digested too quickly and spiking your BG.

Drink lots of water, preferrably filtered.

I don't want to confuse you with lots of do's and don'ts, you will pick up more details along the way, but this is a good starting point…a plan to begin to bring some control into your life. As you feel more empowered and see your success, you will want to begin to experiment with variations on this to see what works best for you.

Have a wonderful Christmas and keep in mind that finding you are Diabetic is the beginning of healing…you are in charge of improving your life from here on out. Go for it!

Carol

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-12-17 11:22:48 -0600 Report

Hi Melissa,
Most of us are surprised and scared when we first learn of our diagnosis. You say you know what you need to do, have you taken classes from a certified diabetes educator? That was the first thing I did, my doctor enrolled me in a class my hospital offered so my insurance would help pay for it. They go beyond telling you what to do, they give you the steps to make it easy. I got a meal plan that outlined how many carbs and proteins and fats I could have for meals and snacks throughout the day to achieve and maintain my healthy weight. Of course I had to experiment with different foods as some will raise blood glucose levels more than others, but this is individual and what works for some doesn't work for others. We, T2s, are all in different places as far as how much insulin our bodies make, and how well our bodies use that insulin, which is why we have to experiment for ourselves. Also, exercise is the magic bullet for helping your body keep the blood glucose levels down, so add something to your daily schedule that you can hopefully enjoy, or at least will do.
As to which foods to eat, I get my carbs from whole grains foods, some fruits and most all vegetables. Add lean meats, fish, legumes and eggs for protein, and healthy fats like olive oil or avocado. I have become addicted to roasted vegetables as they become naturally sweet, and fruits like blueberries. They are lots of diabetic cookbooks, which are helpful because they contain nutritional information to make staying on a meal plan easy, but really, you can use your usually cookbooks if you spend some time with a calorie king booklet and calculator to figure out the nutritional information yourself.
I hope you find this helpful.

Melissa Leonard
Melissa Leonard 2011-12-19 10:10:04 -0600 Report

thank you,my mom and my aunt was/is diabetic and my kids grandmother is as well,i grew up watching them trying to do the right things for their bg readings.i know that diet and excercise is key ingredients to maintaing healthy levels but i'm one of those who need pushing as i call it from my family.i'm just having a really hard time.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2012-01-03 14:23:20 -0600 Report

Sometimes it helps to start with small steps. Decide what you will do in the right direction today, and this week. Maybe a walk, and fish for dinner. Plan to shop for good choices, and rid your house of temptations. Maybe shop for an exercise video if you prefer to exercise at home, or check out the January deals at gyms if you'd rather get out of the house. Invest in a diabetic cookbook or two, and write a meal plan for the week. Good luck, you can do it!

sadi23
sadi23 2012-04-02 16:02:13 -0500 Report

I also would like the name & brand of the bread & rice oh & noddles, i have heard of the ones you should always use, or are the best, please, also add anything else that I should really know… i use vinagar, & have for years, my grandma was a nurse 7 she had many reason to use it. It helps with weight lloss, for me. I add it to powdered fiber drink in the am, it was said, by ?? that together it really helps BS & digestion. It lowers my BS & helps with digesting, & weight, for me. thanks agin always wondering Teri Lol

sadi23
sadi23 2012-04-02 15:55:22 -0500 Report

James, again thanks for the great info. Love that…god bless you & yours, keep them coming you always help me and make me feel better…higs to you…Teri