By laceyann28 Latest Reply 2012-01-22 16:28:09 -0600
Started 2012-01-19 07:10:00 -0600

my name is lacey and i just found out that iwas diagnosed with diabetes on monday

11 replies

Caroltoo 2012-01-22 16:28:09 -0600 Report

Hi, Lacey,
Sorry you have found you have diabetes, but this is good place to be to find out how to live successfully regardless of having it. Welcome!

pixsidust 2012-01-22 15:58:26 -0600 Report

Hi Lacey
Find out what type of meter and test strips are covered by your insurance. Meters are often free but tests strips cost a bundle so you need to find that out right away. Testing is easy and will be your tool to gain control over diabetes and lead to your success

I wrote this at my four week mark of being diagnosed
I hope it helps you

The first day after my diagnoses a month ago, my company took us all out to eat and thus my watching myself began. Here are some things that have helped me thus far.

If you are going out to eat as a group or individually, see if you can find the menu online. Read the calories, nutrition values and anything they provide that will help you make the best choices ahead of time.
Recently I went to Denny's and had food substituted at no cost to egg whites, a whole grain pancake, sugar free syrup, and low fat/sodium turkey bacon.

Keep your groceries well stocked with food you can eat. One of my first trips I made to the grocery store, I spent time reading the labels and looking carefully in each aisle as I went down them. I discovered a narrow strip of shelving top to bottom where sugar free ketchup, fat, gluten & sugar free dressing were housed in many flavors. Sugar free jam is not the same but passable. American fat free cheese does melt where fat free cheddar does not. Not all lunch meats are the same so read the labels.

Raw salt free nuts are sold separately from the rest of the nuts. I found mine near the fresh foods where you pour, bag, and label the package.
Try new vegetables and fruit. I love Granny Smith apples but was introduced to a Jazz Apple which is very crispy and sweet with a kick. Different lettuces have different nutrient levels and make for a good sandwich wrap. Remember the more colorful, a fresh item is, the more vitamins it holds. Eat raw when possible for the extra fiber.

Keep snacks that cater to all your cravings. They need to be quick and answer an immediate urge. My cravings fall into both a sweet and salty categories. For sweet I have the sugar free pudding and Jello cups. For salty I go for extra flavor of carrots dipped in garlic hummus, or broccoli florets in fat/sugar free ranch dressing. Pork rinds are also carb free but are 50% fat with high sodium. Take your snacks with you to work and when you go places. You will be prepared.

Try substitutes and go for the flavor. With fat free butter spray, I do not miss butter or margarine. Salt free Mrs Dash come in many flavors and seasoning combinations. I have found even some of the generic versions even tastier.

Experiment with recipes. I take a large lettuce leaf to roll my burrito filling in and eat it with a fork.

Involve your family to thinking about you. My son makes us stir fry and my food is taken out before the sauce is put on it. Do not have your feelings hurt if at a party there is not much you can eat. Discuss what they are having in case you need to eat ahead of time.

Walk in the sunlight as weather permits. Sunlight is good for vitamin D. We walk inside our office building, taking the stairs up and down with hall ways in between in inclement or too cold/hot weather.

Wear good shoes that give support and cushion. These do not have to say Diabetic or Orthopedic on them as there are many brands that are made well. They can be found if you Google the words comfortable shoes for brands. Most people have to try on shoes to determine fit and comfort. Once you know your fit in a brand and style, shopping on-line can be a savings, especially if you look for on-line store coupon codes to add to a website sale.

Drink lots of ice cold water. It speeds you metabolism up, warming the water and gives you much needed hydration. If you do not like water, try putting a lemon wedge in the water or use a sugar free Wylers or Crystal Light.

Connect. You made a start connecting here. I find the more people I tell that I am a newly diagnosed Diabetic, the more people let me know they are Diabetic as well.

Most of all be your own best friend. Everyday try and prepare to be your best. Celebrate the good you see. Make yourself a priority for yourself and those who love you. Be kind to yourself when you falter and realize you now have an opportunity to do even better.

Cry if you must but renew yourself with a plan and goals. Make your goals realistic and bite size. We are taking this thing step by step and day by day. Lets give ourselves a chance at success!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-22 01:24:13 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. You can ask us any questions you like, as someone will always answer. Are you type 1 or 2, and what meds did they put you on if any? That helps us out. It can be overwhelming, but with a good dr, nutrtionist and going to a diabetes class, you will start out on the right path.

Good luck

Denisency213 2012-01-19 17:27:27 -0600 Report

Hi Lacey I was diagnosised less than a month ago and have this site do helpful ,feel free to lean on me. Not an expert but always there to listen

Young1s 2012-01-19 13:15:05 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC, Lacey. Being newly diagnosed can be scary and maybe a little difficult to accept at first but you came to the right place. We do our best to offer emotional support, answers to your questions (to the best of our ability), information on diabetes and beyond, and then some. So, take some time to explore the sight and when you feel more comfortable tell us a little more about yourself. We'd love to get to know you better.

joe_h 2012-01-19 10:09:59 -0600 Report

hi lacey sorry about the diagnosis. welcome to the site feel free to ask questions as you come to terms w/ this

draco59 2012-01-19 08:44:43 -0600 Report

Welcome Lacey, you've found the right spot. Wonderful people here. What type?
It may seem devistating now, but it will get better with time. Good luck :)

daydreamer630 2012-01-19 08:39:28 -0600 Report

You've come to the right place then! There are some great people here that you can talk to when you are feeling overwhelmed. What type of diabetes have you been diagnosed with?