Newly Diagnosed Type 2

By deannamil Latest Reply 2012-01-10 22:37:02 -0600
Started 2012-01-04 18:06:26 -0600

My doctor just got me all set up.
But I am not sure of too much.
My fasting number without medication is 113-120.
I am on Metformin 500 mgs every night.
I wanted to wait a week before I began taking the meds so I could get an idea of what my fasting sugars were.

Tell me what should I be looking to achieve?
I just had surgery and I am not able to walk for 3 weeks so my exercise is minimal.

Any thoughts would be great.

22 replies

RG77 2012-01-10 22:37:02 -0600 Report

Welcome. I was just diagnosed last week, so we can learn together. I am also limited on exercise due to other health problems. I can take short walks, when it is not cold. From what I understand your fasting number is a little high, I believe it should be under 90 if fasting and if eating under 135, but don't quote me on that. I found the information on the internet (I believe I found it under dabetic connect) about what is a good BG reading is googling it. I would also invite you as a friend, but I don't know how. this is only my second time here. I also don't stay on long due to sitting for a long time is difficult for me and I have my 18 month old running around:)

teresa.still77 2012-01-10 14:19:00 -0600 Report

You can't walk, but could you do stretches of arms, legs, neck, back, shoulders? These areas need exercising also. You can maybe increase resistance with wrap around weights or the ones that you can hold in your hands. It will increase strength & endurance.

Denisency213 2012-01-06 18:58:08 -0600 Report

I am recently dx as well but my fasting sugars are in the 200"s your numbers are a little high I recently learned that fastin levels should b under 100 but not sure if that applies to non diabetics as well I'm also takin metformin 500mg maybe u should see endocrinologist

Nick1962 2012-01-05 14:19:31 -0600 Report

I would agree with Carol & realsis below and get a second opinion. In my early stages my Dr. didn't even recommend medication unless I was consistently over 170. And yes, metaformin is some foul stuff, I was taken off when I was posting numbers around 120.

realsis77 2012-01-05 11:04:19 -0600 Report

hi, welcome to this site. im a little confused, your fasting numbers sound good. my numbers without my insulin were 200 to 400?? your numbers sound very normal. i was tested for three months and continued with numbers in that 200-400 range. perhaps seek a second opinion.I am NOT a doctor but I AM a diabetic, and have grown quite familiar with numbers of blood sugar. Your numbers might be pre diabetic range but are NOT very high. In fact 113 is very good as far as im concerned. but like I said Im NOT a doctor but this is puzzling me?? I would definitely go for more testing! now that your taking medication please watch out for low blood sugar because your not very high in the first place. If you feel shakey or dizzy or clammy I would call my doctor right away. You could be at risk for going low. Please do seek a second opinion. I wish you the very best!! And again WELCOME to our family!!

deannamil 2012-01-05 11:38:35 -0600 Report

All of these responses are interesting. I am now completing week one on the metformin, oh my word I have been passing gas awful, vomitting, dizzy, headachy and burping sulphur that smells as bad as passing gas. I called the doctor and she said that will subside. Ugh I am so gross and I can't even run away from myself!! GAG. I asked her to send me my labwork so I can share my A1C etc. I really do not like my doctor. I am going to look for a new one any way. I am on a second surgery for having my ankle replaced and she told me I was a drug addict. My surgeon called her and laughed in her face. I have screws, pins, 47 stitches on the outside, kevlar on the inside, he said uhm yeah you are for sure IN PAIN. ANy way… It is a crazy time. I need her to refill my test strips and such as I only had a ten day trial. so once I get that I hope to move a long.

blondy62 2012-01-05 13:16:04 -0600 Report

If you have insurance I would sure look into a diabetic supply company. Medicare pays for most of my supplies so I only have a small copay. But if you don't have insurance, like my boyfriend, he found out about 6 months ago that he is also diabetic, anyway he uses a meter called SideKick, not sure if any store other than Walmart carries it. Its an all-in-one except for the lancing device. 50 testing strips and the meter and here in Texas its right at $20

realsis77 2012-01-05 11:45:19 -0600 Report

OH MY ! Sounds to me like your doctor needs some bedside manner! Calling you A drug addict is not acceptable! Besides you need a good second opnion! This is most important! As soon as possiable get a new doctor! :-)

blondy62 2012-01-05 13:32:06 -0600 Report

I agree 100%! You need a doc that understands what you are going through! My first doc was a diabetic himself so he fully understood all the problems I was having getting it under control. I hated that he moved! The doc I'm seeing now, actually a nurse practitioner, and I have a great rapport! Always tries to make sure I understand test results and asks if I have any concerns. He even tries to keep up with the meds that Medicare approves so I wont have to pay as much out of pocket.

Caroltoo 2012-01-04 19:14:45 -0600 Report

I'm puzzled. Your BG readings are 113-120 when you are NOT taking any medications? Perhaps someone else on site will correct me if I am wrong, but doesn't meet the criterion for diabetes. It would be pre diabetes.

If that's the case: your goals would be to begin to eat in a manner that will lower your BGs by 15-20 points so you don't develop D and use exercise to get healthy and improve your insulin sensitivity.

Obviously, the exercise can't happen yet because of your surgery, so, for now, eat healthily by reducing you high glycemic index carbs like white bread, white potatoes, white rice, regular pastas, and milk. Add the exercise in later when you are healed from surgery.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-05 14:28:27 -0600 Report

Carol my readings were between 113-170 fasting and this was prior to getting my blood sugars under control. How late you eat your last meal can affect your fasting readings also. Also she didn't say what her A1c reading was when she was diagnosed. Because of the surgery, she may not be eating as much as she was before having it. In my case when I was working and moving around a lot, I ate most of my carbs before dinner. Now my fasting readings are usually under 120. Then again, I don't eat all of the required carbs per meal. I think she should see another doctor and have another A1c test.

Caroltoo 2012-01-05 16:29:44 -0600 Report

There is a big difference, Joyce, between a top fasting reading of 120 (hers) and 170 (yours).

I thoroughly agree that I would seek a second opinion, were I in this position.

If the A1c was done in a lab, she can request the results be sent to her new doctor w/out needing the expense of a retest, unless the new doctor's visit is three months from now and then it could have changed enough to be worthwhile.

Glad your morning readings are now below 120. This morning mine was 98 and I was delighted to see it!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-05 16:58:47 -0600 Report

I agree. I didn't think of that until you said it. If it turns out that she is pre-diabetic she can prevent diabetes by changing her diet and adding exercise when she is able to do so. As for the low morning readings, its the little things like this that gives us pleasure in the morning.

2012-01-05 17:11:00 -0600 Report

Amen Joyce. There's only 2 things that I love to see small #s on: 1) is my b/g meter, & 2) the bathroom scale. Other than that, can't think of a thing. ;)

2012-01-08 17:10:49 -0600 Report

That is oh so true, James. I forgot all about golf. I used to play, but it's been about 2.0 decades since I last played!!

jayabee52 2012-01-09 02:00:01 -0600 Report

I have never golfed. I thought it was a waste of good cropland. I thought that little white ball never did anything to me, why would I hit it ? LoL!

2012-01-09 17:43:15 -0600 Report

James you are one helluva silly man!! That's why I like you. it's your GR8 sense of humor.

jayabee52 2012-01-09 18:37:01 -0600 Report

Thanks lisa! Being silly helps break the seriousness of what we are about here.
I think if I couldn't have fun like this every now and again I'd really go seriously off the deep end.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-04 18:52:58 -0600 Report

Hi Deanna
Welcome to Diabetic Connect. There are a great group of people here. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask. I am Type 2 also. When I first was diagnosed in 2008 my doctor had me test one week in the morning and one week in the evening two hours after dinner. We did this for a month but he had me start the medication right away. Do not delay in taking it. Recover from your surgery. It is not written in stone that you have to exercise the minute you are diagnosed. Once you are able to walk, talk to your doctor about an exercise routine. Also consult a nutritionist/dietitian and an endocrinologist.

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