Saying hello

By BIG CARAMEL Latest Reply 2012-09-27 02:27:46 -0500
Started 2012-09-20 23:15:56 -0500

Hello everyone! I was diagnosed with type 2 last week. It came as a shocker to me. I am nervous about my health and started changing my eating habits as well as hitting the gym. I know nothing of what to expect from this!!

8 replies

mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 02:27:46 -0500 Report

Sounds like you are already making the changes necessary to live healthy with diabetes. Learn all you can, both on here and by asking questions of your doctor and nutritionist and stay focused. As another person who found out in April that I was type 2, you are doing good. Just keep up the good work and stick around for the support here. And welcome to DC!!

Nick1962 2012-09-21 09:33:14 -0500 Report

Welocme to the party! As a fellow T2, I can tell you this can be completely manageable for most. You've already taken the steps necessary to improve the situation, and hopefully before long it'll be little more than a minor annoyance.

DeanaG 2012-09-21 08:45:04 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
This site is a wonderful wealth of information and support. Ask questions, read and learn as much as you can.

Harlen 2012-09-21 05:36:47 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Read the post that are here and you will pick up a lot
I you have any Q just ask my frend we all will help
Best wishes

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-20 23:38:53 -0500 Report

Hi Big Caramel, Welcome to DC. Hummm where to start. What to expect depends on how well you take care of yourself. As a T2 you can do much of your control of your sugar with diet and exercise. There will be times when you will have sugar highs or lows, possibly neuropathy which is pain in the feet, legs and arms (mine stopped once I got my blood sugar under control). Wounds heal a little slower and you have to watch out for infection. A simple cold can throw off you sugar levels. I have one now and I am doing what I can to eat properly. My worse day so far was yesterday. I simply had no appetite so I finally got some soup but my numbers were off. I made myself eat today and am back on track.

Diabetes is not a one size fit all disease, it effects people differently so remember what works for me may not work for you. What you should do is make a list of questions for your doctor and take them with you. Go over them with your doctor so you can get a clear understanding. A good support system helps also. I have friends and family members who help me from time to time. I never change anything without talking it over with a doctor. Any medical advice I need I ask my doctor because he knows what I am doing and how I am doing it. Keep a log of your readings and take it with you when you see your doctor.

It seems you have started out correctly by changing your diet and exercising. Stress can effect your blood sugar so try not to get stressed out. I don't stress over anything I can't control. If you have family with you, educate them about the disease. You will also need a diabetes kit to carry with you at all times. In it should be your meter with test strips, snacks of your choice that are healthy. In mine I added extra Metformin and Tylenol and packets of Crystal Light. You should also get a Medical ID bracelet or necklace and have a card in your wallet. In my phone I added an emergency contact number and named it emergency should something happen to me.

No matter what, you can still enjoy life to the fullest. Diabetes doesn't control me, I control it. Feel free to ask questions. Members of the DC Family will assist you. Good luck.