Newly Diagnosed...

By NeoSan Latest Reply 2011-12-31 21:12:42 -0600
Started 2011-12-28 17:21:23 -0600

Hello all! I received a xmas gift of a different kind this year. I was diagnosed with Diabetes (have not been told which) on the 22nd when i went into DKA with BS reading of over 600. I was released from the hospital on Xmas eve with a couple of different insulins and whole lot to take in. I am 34 years old, married early in the year and just had our first baby girl 6 weeks ago. I am entirely motivated to fight this as is my wonderful wife. I am glad I found this site and look forward to hearing from you all. I have so many questions..

9 replies

JSJB 2011-12-31 17:56:12 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed in Sept and since joing this site I feel a lot better with all the info I received.

jayabee52 2011-12-31 21:12:42 -0600 Report

Howdy JSJB! WELCOME to Diabeticconnect!

Glad you are here and have gotten a lot from this site. Please continue to come back often, and feel free to post and ask questions. The only foolish or stupid questions here are those honest questions which are NOT asked!

May you have a blessed 2012!


PS your Kielbasa question from your profile wall would make a GREAT discussion question! Please post it!

jnblair 2011-12-29 11:43:24 -0600 Report

Well i also just got diagnosed in Oct. I want you to know this is a very informative site that helps you alot not just with the medical side of things but coping with the everyday problems that our situation brings i'm glad you came and i hope to here from you often and i must admit everyone is truly helpful .

NeoSan 2011-12-29 11:15:38 -0600 Report

Thanks for the words of encouragement! I can tell already that this will be a place I come to alot. My first question is I felt better before having my Bg levels here they should be…i just feel weird and very tired, my guess is that is my body adjusting to operating at normal levels for the first time in who knows how long. With the insulin and diet I have been keeping my numbers below 130 and fight to keep em above high 70's at times. I generally to sleep with a low number then wake up with my high of the day. I also do not feel as hungry, and I know i need to eat some carbs and such…this is especially evident in the morning, I seem to feel better as the day progresses. Thanks again for the advice all.

jayabee52 2011-12-29 18:29:01 -0600 Report

When my numbers were 300+ before my Dx I felt great. No problems there. The only things which alerted me to my high numbers was my constant thirst and the resulting need to void my bladder too frequently.

You may be exeriencing what I call "false lows". My bride "Jem" had them when she was alive and with me. She would get symptoms of a low, and would get RAVENOUS, especially for carbs. She had to take prednisone for her breathing problems and her Rhumatoid Arthritus and Lupis (SLE). Prednisone elevates one's BG levels. When she was weaned off prednisone and her BGs dropped she had signs of lows, shaking, sweating for no reason, and the raving HUNGRIES.

When she did that I would get out her meter and take a BG reading. Quite often it would be over 200, and she was having signs of a "low". What we did then was to stop her munchies and take her BG levels every hour, (or half hour if the BGs got low enough to be close to normal). Her Endo explained that her body was used to the high BG levels she had been having, and she was trying to maintain that BG level to which her body was accustomed.

When you go to bed with a respectably low number, and you wake with a rediculously high mumber, what you may be having is the so called "dawn Phenemonon". You go low in the night and so low that your liver dumps glycogen into your bloodstream, which then is converted to glucose, so you don't go low and into a coma while you are asleep. (this happens to non diabetes sufferers too) My PCP from a while ago told me that before I go to bed for the night, take my BG level. If it is close to 120 then I should eat a snack before bed. something with protein in it, and a "complex" carb. I usually ate some peanut butter and a square of graham crackers. No more puzzling highs in the morning. I usually ended up right where I wanted to be with my fasting BG readings.

In the mornings I avoid carbs. I like to scramble a couple of eggs and put some chopped mushrooms in it. I do eat carbs in the form of fruit, but I don't do the typical carb-laden breakfast, as I manage my diabetes without meds through my meal planning. It sometimes takes some doing as I also have kidney problems and I have to plan for that too in my eating plan, but all in all I think I am in a good place regarding my diabetes management.

Should you have further questions about what I wrote here, or some other thing on your mind, please do not hesitate to ask.


jayabee52 2011-12-29 06:14:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Neo WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family, but since you do, this is a good place to be.

I encourage you to ask all the questions you may have, even if they may seem "silly" or "foolish". In my humble opinion the only silly or foolish question is a HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

Praying we'll see you around the site for a long time in the future.

Praying God's richest blessings on you and yours!


rae carin
rae carin 2011-12-28 22:15:43 -0600 Report

I have had diabetes for almost 11 years. My advice to you would be to get in to see an endocrinologist and start managing your blood sugars and carb intake. I had an episode of DKA a few years ago and it wasn't easy. Educate family and friends about the diabetes. If you have a job or career or whatever, let the people around you know. That way if you get low or high and something happens they know what's going on. I was out one day and had a security officer stop me in a store because I was "acting suspicious". I had a big drop in my blood sugar and hadn't realized it until he had questioned me. He asked if I was drunk or high. Then he saw my medic alert bracelet and let me go… But it was scary. Always keep food or candy with you. And a glucagon in case of emergencies. But start managing your blood sugars and carb intakes. And keep a good schedule for meals. It helps in the long run

Kirla 2011-12-28 19:49:56 -0600 Report

This is what I believe has helped me a lot. It may help you and again it may not. I just don’t see anything wrong with eating lots of low carb vegetables drinking plenty of water and cutting back or eliminating high carb starchy foods. Testing blood sugar before and after eating should give you an idea on what to eat and what not to eat.

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 test 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