Type 2

By peg_missouri Latest Reply 2012-01-10 23:23:51 -0600
Started 2012-01-09 15:56:25 -0600

Hi this is my first time here. I was told about a month ago that I have type 2. I'm 52 years old, 50lbs over weight. I stopped frying food, no pop,no sugar, no salt, no starches and its still running 206-210. I got shingles 2 weeks after i found out about the type 2. I read everything I can on type 2, I feel like I'm eating like I should but its not helping. I drive a concrete truck for a living an am so afraid of losing my job. i dont know what i'm doing wrong its so confusing I read lables i think I have the carbs figured out and no sugars this is crazy! Dont know what I'm doing.

12 replies

pixsidust 2012-01-10 23:23:51 -0600 Report

What are you taking and what is your dosage? I had to tell my doctor that 500mg of metformin was not enough. I had the same readings as yourself and she bumped me to 1000mg twice a day. My numbers stay regular. I do cut my dose if I eat almost no carbs that day or my sugar goes low. I would worry more about that if I were driving. You should not have to lose your job. Hugs and my prayers are with you

Set apart
Set apart 2012-01-10 16:06:10 -0600 Report

Welcome to our family, one of the best decisions and finds that you have already made is finding this a website. The people are great and can definitely relate, they are also very supportive and caring. Welcome! Good Luck there are some "PROS" who have already replied to your discussions. Blessings and welcome to this wonderful place!

teresa.still77 2012-01-10 13:45:36 -0600 Report

I had to cut down on portion control (most items are 1/2 - 1 cup limit), I cook with olive oil and try not to eat anything white. I try to keep to whole grains also. I keep a journal of what I eat and the diaticians breakdown of calories (1600/day) fat (20 g/day), carbs (180g/day) and 5 proteins (the size of a deck of cards) that I consume. I changed from sugar to Stevia, replaced butter with the spray "I can't believe it's not butter" (0 calories and 0 fat). I have 1 or 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then only water after that. Sounds like you are getting very little exercise. Maybe you could start walking 20 or 30 minutes sometime during your day. I am newly diagnosed (December 14, 2011) so I am learning also. I hope I have helped you. Keep us updated on your progress.

teresa.still77 2012-01-10 13:49:32 -0600 Report

I also bought a book at Wal-Mart in the Pharmacy area (Diabetic Calorie Count $6.98) that has been helpful for things without labels. Read labels on everything!

Young1s 2012-01-10 00:43:56 -0600 Report

It's a rough and confusing road at first because our bodies are trying to adjust to this new and healthier lifestyle. You have taken some great steps towards just that but maybe there are other factors to consider.

You say you have the carbs figured out, and that's great, but do you have the portion sizes figured out, as well? Even foods that are healthier for you can have a negative effect if you overeat. Are you testing after eating a meal/food? As Kirla mentioned, it's important to know what foods elevate your levels; it's not just the starchy or sugary ones that do it. How consistent are you about eating at a regular time? If your eating habits are sporatic, so will your levels be also.

I apologize for making this all about food, but with nothing else to go on, I feel at a loss to suggest other things. Well, except that daily exercise to get the blood circulating, drinking plenty of water, and keeping a journal to track your progress and discoveries about your efforts. It should have DAILY records of: When you test and what the BG level is, what food/beverage you eat/drink and when, what medication(s) you take and when, and what exercise you get in and when.

I hope some of this is helpful to you situation. Keep us posted on how you are progressing. Be blessed.

trc0705 2012-01-09 21:47:03 -0600 Report

It sounds like you are on the right track. My husband is otr and it's hard for him to find suitable foods to eat. I know stress can affect your blood sugar levels too, so try to ease into things with a positive mind set and release stress as best as you can. I don't know how well you enjoy coffee but I have read that it helps to reduce the risk and lower blood sugar. Here is a link to give you more information http://www.enjoying-life-with-diabetes.com/co... Take care and good luck to you.

Caroltoo 2012-01-09 21:19:24 -0600 Report

Definitely on the right track.

Here's a simple do/don't for Type 2's to pin on the refrigerator.

DO eat:
(1) all the low glycemic index fruit and veggies—these are your sources of fiber and lots of vitamins—try for a wide variety of colors and textures
(2) water, tea—green, herbal, chinese, black, and coffee
(3) lean meat, fish, seafood, lamb, pork (watch the fat—avoid saturated fat), eggs
(4) healthy fat: olive oil, sesame oil, avocados, etc.
(5) lentils, nuts, and legumes that you tolerate. (If you have a problem with this, avoid the wheat, barley, rye, and oates to determine if there is also a gluten issue as there is with many of us.)

DON'T eat:
(1) white potatoes, rice, bread, pasta, sugar (real or artificial)
(2) skip the soda—reg or diet— and don't drink juice (it's a little like mainlining sugar)
(3) meats with high quantity of saturated fats—go for the lean
(4) lard, butter, margarine

EAT in MODERATION, if you don't get a big BG spike or have other health restrictions:
(1) red potatoes
(2) brown/mahagony/black rice
(3) quinoa
(4) multi grain bread
(5) wheat pasta
(6) soy
(7) milk products, cheese — many are lactose intolerant, so use with care

DO PERSONALIZE this by testing to see what you actually respond to…this is a cheat sheet to get you started with what is "typical", not that any of us actually are!!!

EXPERIMENT and see what works for you.

Young1s 2012-01-10 00:21:44 -0600 Report

This is great stuff. I do love cheat sheets when it comes to my D maintainance. Hopefully I'll have them all committed to memory before I run out of room on the fridge.

Kirla 2012-01-09 18:58:43 -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

jayabee52 2012-01-09 18:05:09 -0600 Report

Howdy Peg! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect So sorry you qualify for inclusion in our "little" family, but since you do I am glad you're here.

I see my reputation has preceeded me. (thank you Michelle)

I am no miracle worker. God has that under control, but I do what I can to help folks at this long distance (I am in Las Vegas). I am not a Physician either. Most of what I learned I learned as a Certified Nurse Aide working in home health and also in hospitals. I also learned a lot by the school of hard Knocks and being with my late bride "Jem" who had a lot of medical challenges. Added to that i spend a lot of time on DC (so far 3 years and counting).

You say you " . . . feel like I'm eating like I should". I would like to see you share in detail what and how much yor are eating, and I and others may make suggestions as to how to tweak your eating plan to lower your Blood Glucose (BG) levels.

Another thing that is beyond any human's control is your shingles. Pain and infection and the stress it brings can raise your BG levels to the levels you are now reporting and above. You may be able to do something about the stress, but to truly beat the shingles, may take divine intervention. I will pray that God will relieve your symptoms and the shingles also.

There is more I could ask, but I will ask more later.

We learn to walk taking "baby steps" It is the best way to learn how to manage one's diabetes, by taking baby steps in our learning.

I strongly suspect that you will be running well in no wime

Blessings to you and yours!

To your better health


Nick1962 2012-01-09 16:27:31 -0600 Report

Hey Peg! Like michelle said, you've come to the right place and we'll get you fixed up. A couple starter questions for you - are you getting any exercise? What time of day do you get those blood glucose (BG) numbers? Have you seen any type of diebetic or nutritin specialist? This is a really supportive group here (I've been T2 about five years now), so even if you just read the articles, you'll get a ton of help, but asking questions is always recommended.

michelle2385 2012-01-09 16:05:52 -0600 Report

hello peg, welcome to the site. first you have came to the right place for help these people on here can help you out so much contact jayabee52 he has alot of experience in what you need help with. i joined this site inorder to help my grandmother and these people can really help you ok . i myself dont know anything about diabettes but i am a friend here to help and tell you that its a difficult struggle but you will get it and will start getting control of it k . god bless you and my prayers go out for you and your family.