i have diabetes ???
By i have diabetes ??? Latest Reply 2014-09-09 00:00:59 -0500
Started 2012-05-18 09:57:58 -0500

hi guys

i was told i have type 2 diabetes in Dec. of last year .

all my doctor has done since is just check my blood sugar readings at his office.

i am not on any kind of medications or insulin at this time.

i know i am in total denial of having diabetes and it may be because i am not
on any kind of medication or insulin yet .

i don't know what to expect but,,,,i hope i don't get a


how did you guys face up to having this before a wake-up call…??????

22 replies

Nana_anna 2012-06-04 13:33:26 -0500 Report

If he said you had Type 2 diabetes, he is concerned, but should have put you on something. Did he say to check your blood sugar daily? I would go back to see if he/she needs to recheck you or have you take a real diabetes test.

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i have diabetes ??? 2012-08-01 07:22:12 -0500 Report

he checks my blood sugar each time i go there and it is going lower each time so, at this time, i don't take any thing.
he did do a real diabetes test at a lab. and that he how he found out i have it.

roshy 2012-05-24 11:07:08 -0500 Report

in some cases a wake up call is what a person really needs in order to accept and deal with reality. all i can say is this is your diabetes not your doctors, so it really up to you to make the steps in order to take care of yourself.

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i have diabetes ??? 2012-05-24 09:12:48 -0500 Report

hi all
it is nice to see all the replies here and it is nice to have/get all this info. on this.

can you guys from the States tell me what your numbers are in the Canadian numbers please as i don't know how to do this.thanks

i do have to come back soon so that i can read all of this as i have things to do outside of my home…

thanks again to all of you here.

till next time, take care…

valentine lady
valentine lady 2012-05-20 16:53:27 -0500 Report

Hi in denial still: First may I welcome you to Diabetic Connect and into a world of family and good information. Next your pre-diabetic and your Dr. is trying to keep you off mediations as long as possible. Once you start that's it your on them period. Your "Wake Up Call" was finding out you have diabetes. When I was pre- diabetic I didn't take it serious either. Now I wish I had. I'm full fledged Type 2 Diabetic now. Insulin dependant. Adjust your eating habits now, act like a person with diabetes, because you are. I faced up to mine when I ended up in the hospital with 711 BG. When you almost die that's a stupid wake up call. Take this serious, beause it is…Valentine Lady

robinsonb 2012-05-19 21:15:39 -0500 Report

Hi In denial still,
I am NO expert. I am new to this as well One Dr told me I was insulin resistant and he also said the words pre diabetic…
at the time I was going for blood work for bio-identical hormones as I am 54 and going through menopause so was wanting to find a way to deal with this season of my life in a more healthy natural way so this was a surprise to me
Yes he prescribed bio identical hormones for me and all my other test numbers were good cholesterol etc. when he told me that my fasting Blood sugar was 106 and my A1c was 5.8. I freaked.
for me, there was NO denile at all.
I just stopped eating anything refined
I mean nothing no bread potatoes rice anything pre packaged
My primary care Dr, when i told him what the body logic Dr said about being pre diabetic was not really on the same page. he redid blood work and in the 4 almost 5 weeks that i was changing my diet i did get some number changes the fasting Blood sugar only went down 3 points to 103 but the A1c went down to 5.4 so it was doing some good.
However he said i was not prediabetic he goes by a different scale which says that if you are under 110 with the fasting BS your fine. BUT from everything i read here that your fasting BS should be under 99 and they would really like it under 90 or lower. so even when my Dr said not to worry just eat sensible I still am going by what I feel in my heart… I Dont want to be diabetic If I can stay with this diagnosis and control this by diet that is what I will do… It is a no brainer to me…
i have read alot from the people who post here and it has been helpful to me. yes its scary I dont understand it all I do not test at home I dont have a meter.
I haven't had that conversation yet with my Dr.
I am scheduled for more blood work in like 8 weeks so I will see what that shows and then take it from there.Please take this seriously.
Good luck to you

Nick1962 2012-05-19 18:19:50 -0500 Report

Everybody's responses are pretty much dead on correct. It took me a while to "come around" because I was about 270 lbs. in constant pain and figured well this is the way life is - just one more thing. But as James points out, this is a hole that can be crawled out of with a little work on diet and exercise. As far as I'm concerened, you just got your big wake up call, and luckily at a time where you can take action.
After i lost the weight, a lot of pain, acid reflux, sleeplesness, and a whole host of other thngs went away, including high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Time to take the emotion out of it. If you get a cut, you put a bandage on it to prevent infection right? That's a no brainer - no emotion involved. The cut you have now is pre-diabetes. Make some food and exercise changes (the bandage), and with any luck, it won't get any worse.

Type1Lou 2012-05-19 13:25:52 -0500 Report

OK, you were told you have diabetes. What advice did the doctor give you to avoid putting you on medication and/or insulin? Probably weight loss and more exercise, but if your list of health interests in your profile are a clue to what you are also coping with, the exercise portion may be limited. Have you changed your diet? If you are to avoid complications which will come with uncontrolled diabetes, and if you want to live to see your granddaughter get older, you'll learn as much as you can about how to deal with YOUR diabetes…it won't go away by ignoring it. James' advice and comments show what can be done when you decide and do what works for you. Like James, I have found that seriously limiting the carbohydrates I eat is the key to lower blood sugars. There are many good books out there too; Suzy Cohen's "Diabetes Without Drugs" is one that could be helpful to you. There are many others. This is also a GREAT site for asking questions and getting information and sharing experiences. Welcome to DC and to our diabetic community.

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i have diabetes ??? 2012-06-04 13:08:18 -0500 Report

hi type 1 Low
my doctor didn't really say anything, hmm…well, i think he said try and loose some weight but, as you said, i do have many health problems such as Fibromyalgia and that is just the start…i really am restricted from doing a lot of things as my body just kills me and i end up paying the full price of it all night long and it can take me a few days to get over it if i have done more then i should .
i do try and push myself as much as i can but,,,,my body just kills me from head to toe if i do much of anything…grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…you all know what i mean i'm sure…lol
i do want to be here for my granddaughter but some times i am in so much pain i just want my life to end…and no,,,,i do not plan on doing anything…lol.
i am sure i am not alone when i say things like that as we all have bad days…

thanks again for all your replies and i will come back to check the rest of them.

thanks again to all.

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i have diabetes ??? 2012-06-04 12:53:45 -0500 Report

hi every one here
i would like to say thanks for all the info all of you have given me so far but,,,,i just haven't had the time to come in and read all of them but,,,i do plan on reading them from you so,,,thanks again.
take care,,,,till next time.

pixsidust 2012-05-18 11:39:57 -0500 Report

A friends brother in law has pre diabetes in an entire family of Diabetics.
He eats as if he is Diabetic. That does not mean total denial. If he has a potato, he does not eat bread. no sugary drinks, fruit juice, full sugar soda etc…Uses crystal light. Its been over ten years and he is fine. He has never crossed over to being Diabetic

James questions are very valid and good for you to know
Fill us in on the answers
You can call your doctors secretary for her to tell you the BG results thus far and come back to us and let us know in this discussion
then always ask when you are there
Write down you questions like what does this mean?
What should I do etc…

Basically you have hope, so chin up and let us know!

jayabee52 2012-05-18 10:45:10 -0500 Report

Howdy, "i have diabetes ???".

Dr told you that you have diabetes? or did he tell you you have pre-diabetes?

What kind of results are you getting with your BG readings in your Dr's office?

If you have pre-diabetes, you may be able to avoid full blown Diabetes Mellitus (DM) type 2 by eating a high protein / low carbohydrate meal plan.

I pray that this wake up call never comes for you, but it is an indication that you need to do something drastic or the wake up call will come.

I have managed my DM t2 without the use of diabetes meds of any kind by following a meal plan about which I have written here ~ You can see from that discussion the postitve results from that experemental eating plan, and perhaps you could modify it for your own use.

I pray that you can avoid full-blown DM t2 with its complications (which are no fun!)

One of the things you need, however to manage your DM t2 is a blood glucose meter. If Dr has not provided one, and will not prescribe one for you (some insurances will not pay for meters/strips for those who do not have full-blown DM t2) then purchase one from a store (the Reli-on meter sold at Wal-Mart and strips are good and are relatively inexpensive).

I pray you get some answers good answers soon!

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

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i have diabetes ??? 2012-05-18 11:36:00 -0500 Report

hi gayabee52

thanks for the info.

i was told i have type 2 ,my bg. was 12.5 the first time when my blood was tested at his office when my blood test results came in…

after my blood test results came in,,,he started to just do the strips in his office each time i go , about every 3-4 wks.

do you test your own blood at home ???
and did your Dr. write out a prescription for it ???

i will check out your meal plan when i do get some time,thanks

did you say you check your own at home and how many times a day do you
do it ???

i will come back after to check your reply…

thanks and take care,,,

jayabee52 2012-05-18 19:44:41 -0500 Report

Howdy again. A little background on me:

I was Dx'd in 1995 and had been on Diabetes Mellitus meds up until Feb 2011 when I figured out that my pancreas was putting out enough insulin on its own to mangae my DM without the use of injected insulin. I also have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and peripheral neuropathy as complications of my DM.

Yes I do the blood tests at home and the Dr has written me Rxs for enough strips to test 3 or 4 x/day.

I remember reading somewhere that you are from Canada. I have found a handy converter program which converts to and from the two different meter methods. You can find that program here ~

If you spend much time on DC you may want to bookmark this page so you can convert the readings you find here on DC to those which make sense to you.

I would strongly encourage you to get the BG meter and use it at least 3x/day

#1) when you get up in the morning ("fasting" BG reading), #2) 2 hrs after a meal of your choice ("postprandial" reading) so you can determine what a particular combination of foods affect your BG levels. You can rotate meals after which you test according to the day of the week (for example: Mon = after breakfast; Tues = after lunch; Wed = after evening meal. And so forth)
#3) just before bedtime. That is useful to know in case you have a high "fasting" BG so you can take action to avoid a night time liver dump should that happen.

Doing things this way will tell you lots of things about your body and the way it metabolizes foods/drinks.

One other thing you might do to get more in touch with your body is to test your BG levels after consuming a particular food or drink.

In the "meal plan" I had posted a link to a methodology to determine what specific foods/drinks "play nice" with your metabolism and which do not. We all are unique individuals in that regard. Learn which foods/drinks plays nice with your metabolism by following this methodology you can find here ~

I know this a lot to learn, but take "baby steps" and process this info a little at a time. Quite soon you'll be mastering your DM rather than being controlled by it.

And I pray you get control sooner rather than later and avoid many of the complications with which I am plagued.

James Baker