By littlelady57 Latest Reply 2012-03-30 00:21:17 -0500
Started 2012-03-26 15:39:35 -0500

it was just confimed that i have type 2 diabetes and iam not sure what i need to do first-

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shortysmalls 2012-03-30 00:21:17 -0500 Report

The first thing I did when found out had type 2 diabetes, other than dont panic, was question my dr on the next step and what I had to do. I did go and see a Diabetic Educator, which was helpful. Showed me how to use meter, went over diet, like what foods I enjoy, activity level, what I did as a job, stuff like that. Then my dr set up on how often I would have a full panal bloodwork done, since not only for my HA1C, but also for my colestrol, kidney function and stuff. Only go twice a yr for blood work but now is a no brainer. You will do just fine but if not sure on something, either ask your dr or call your diabetic educator. I call my diabetic educator all the time to ask bout stuff if not sure. Let me know how your doing.

MrsCDogg 2012-03-29 14:47:59 -0500 Report

The first thing I would tell you is don't panic. See if your doctor can refer you to a diabetic educator. I went to one when I was first diagnosed and it helped me a lot. That's how I learned about the affect that carbs have on my blood sugar. Another thing I'd tell you is don't blame yourself. It's not like you asked for it! Be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself to something that is non-food every now and then. If you stumble get up and dust yourself off and get back in the game. I'll share one of my favorite quotes with you too. It's from The Shawshank Redemption…Andy says "You get busy living or you get busy dying." I choose to get busy living I hope you do too! Please keep coming back to DC I think you will find lots of support and help here. I sure have!

Young1s 2012-03-26 18:51:04 -0500 Report

Hello Littlelady and welcome to DC. This is a wonderful community, full of some very nice and knowledgeable folks. Most, if not all of us, will agree that you have come to the right place to learn all about Diabetes and much more.

Might I suggest that you read a discussion I started a few months back http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14.... It should help you with getting to know some of the basics. But because each of us are as individual as snowflakes, it will be mostly up to you to figure out what will work and not work for your particular diabetes journey. But we are all here for you when you need support, information, encouragement, someone to vent to and sometimes a stern reminder to stay on track.

Just take it all in slowly. You can't learn everything at once and you have all the time you need to do so. Try not to be too hard on yourself if mess up every now and then…we all do. Just do you best to get yourself back on track as soon as possible. And don't be afraid to ask questions. There's no such thing as a stupid question and there's usually someone here that can answer it or direct you to the right place to get an answer. Good luck to you and again, welcome.

jayabee52 2012-03-27 02:01:26 -0500 Report

I would gently disagree Young1 with the "no such thing as a stupid question" statement. A stupid question here is a HONEST question which is NOT ASKED!

So if one has an honest question here and it goes unasked, THAT'S a stupid question because there are many folks here who are willing and able to answer.

It is how we learn best!

Young1s 2012-03-27 05:50:14 -0500 Report

Of course James and that was implied. Just didn't want to get too wordy. I can be long winded sometimes.

Kirla 2012-03-26 16:11:47 -0500 Report

This is what I did to bring my numbers down. Only took about a month or 2 for them to approach normal numbers.

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 was testing 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. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

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

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